Johnny Delaware is a traveling man. Raised on the prairie of South Dakota, he’s spent most of his 20’s bouncing through dusty cities like Albaqurqie and Austin, before settling down in Charleston about a year ago. Since being in Charleston he’s teamed up with Brave Baby’s Wolfgang Zimmerman, who’s made a name for himself recording not only his own bands debut full length, but also the gritty beloved Calculator EP En Shape and Sequoyah’s farewell record Spells. But Mr. Delaware is neither jagged indie rock nor Southern, the relationship between Delaware and Zimmerman is deeper, spiritual even. It’s that relationship that brought Delaware from the heart of Texas to a place he’d never even traveled to in South Carolina’s Holy City.
Delaware’s got an indelible croon, and a smooth pop sound that he shows off in many different ways on his latest effort Secret Wave. The album touches on sounds picked up from all of his travels. Delaware has a way of making you feel what he feels with his music. The dry desert air and space of “New Mexico” to the soothing reflection of “Flame”, he wears the road on his sleeve. The album is full of personality, cheerful to quiet and broody. Delaware’s music offers an introspective view to the traveling winsome man behind the songwriting curtain.