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Delta Spirit happy with its musical "job"

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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After 10 years and four studio albums, Matt Vasquez and the rest of Delta Spirit are satisfied with their band's trajectory in the music world.

"I think when it comes to being a musician, the phrase 'get to' comes out a lot," says Vasquez, 31, who co-founded the Americana rock group during 2005 in San Diego. "We get to make records. We get to be on tour. We get to keep playing in front of people that like our music. We feel very fortunate to be able to do all that, and to be in TV shows and do festivals.

"It's a pretty fun job -- well, not always fun, but I like my job."

Delta Spirit is continuing to work at a steady clip. Last September, the group released its fourth album, "Into The Wide," which debuted at a career high No. 70 on the Billboard 200 and in the Top 20 of the Independent Albums and Current Alternative Albums charts. Vasquez credits some of that forward motion to the group's new record company, Dualtone, and he also thinks the Delta Spirit team stepped up with the kind of album the group has long wanted to make.

"The way the songs come out live, it's always a different animal than how it was when you made the album, which is kind of like a yearbook," he explains. "I think that we wrote a lot of really great songs that are just perfect for what we do on stage, and the record is pretty close to what we do on stage, which has been the goal for our whole career -- having that anthemic, epic thing and good lyrics and all that stuff.

"I think we really captured that better on ('Into The Wide') than we have before, so we're really happy about that."

Delta Spirit and Avid Dancer

Friday, March 27. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit

Tickets are $17

Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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