Interview with Ted Scallan and Delta Boogie
Ted Scallan and Delta Boogie: “Uncle Ted” Scallan of New Orleans, Louisiana - Guitar, Vocals, Slide, Harp, Songwriter…Inspired and influenced through endless studio sessions and live performances, Ted continues to immerse himself with writing and performing while maintaining his down to earth style and lyrics. Those having seen Ted’s performances can testify to a double dose of Ted grabbing hold of the grooves while combining slashing guitar skills soaring over floating progressions. The band’s live performances are always appropriately described as “awesome” drawing listeners who appreciate great songwriting combined with a seasoned, dynamic, and get-up, get-funky, get moving showmanship. The Ted Scallan Band is best described as delivering a blend of Blues, Rhythm & Rocking Blues with that unmistakable and distinctive New Orleans sound.
Having grown up learning and performing in the middle of the “Music Explosion” of the 60’, 70’s, 80’s. His unique musical background was not necessarily by design but more of reveling in the abundance of musical creativity and diversity with influences that stretch across the archives of musical history. His early travels took him as an accomplished regional player to performing in studio’s (Lucky K Studio, Sea-Saint Studio) and concert engagements throughout the country. Uncle Ted carries heavy road experience that included east coast appearances/collaborations with Johnny Winter, Leon Russell, Ted Nugent, Bachman Turner Overdrive -BTO, Charlie Daniels, T Graham Brown, Dr. John, Wet Willie (Singer and Founder - Jimmy Hall) and various additional recording artist and performances.
Residing in Central Florida over the last 15 years, Ted continues to perform at Festivals and Venues throughout and beyond Florida but still remains no stranger to his own work and collaborations with other artists in his vast studio relationships.
“Uncle Ted’s” published Music from 2-CD's can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Amazon music, CD Baby, Facebook, Pandora and others. Ted Scallan and his band “Delta Boogie”(also Solo/Duo shows) provides music from an extensive library of songs to include: original recordings released, classic rock, rocking rhythm & blues, soul, Americana and folk.
Without fail, show audiences love to dance and most importantly stay for the entire show… always satisfied and encores are a regular occurrence.
“Keeping that High Energy, Rocking Rhythm” with a New Orleans twist …
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Being from New Orleans with its rich music history and culture had most everything to do with it. Probably something technical due to my engineering education.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
Enjoying people (neighbors, fellow musicians, family). My creativity comes from stories I am told of life's experiences and how so many paths have been taken.
How long has music been your career?
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
Leesburg, FL (central Florida 1 hr west of Orlando - several years. People here are from all over the country and like that laid back lifestyle.
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
Best shows was my concert days, N.O. Superdome, The Warehouse in N.O., The Omni coliseum in Atlanta, Chicago etc. I like smaller venues - Blues and Biker Bars
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
The Blues Tavern in Mobile AL
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Toured twice with Jimmy Hall (founder and singer for Wet Willie and loved it.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into music?
Be patient and master your craft.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Window Pain, Hard Way to Go, Bayou Woman.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Hard Way to Go, Love Doctor, When It All Falls Down.
What is the creative process for you, and what inspires you to write your music?
The story line, the groove
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Life is real and the message typically relates to everyone.
Do you ever have disagreements when collaborating and how do you get past them?
Never, I have only been working with professionals for a long time.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
Next CD #3, keeping that high energy, positive Rocking Blues with a New Orleans rhythm twist.