Artist:    Steven Delopoulos
Label:    Eb & Flo Records

If you take a helping of solid, male singer/ songwriters like James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Bruce Springsteen and David Gray, add a dose of Greek orthodoxy, pieces of past relationships, a sprinkling of hindsight and a dash of calypso rhythm, listeners will have the delicious concoction that results in the Bebo Norman-esque "Me Died Blue" from former Burlap to Cashmere front man Steven Delopoulos.

After a five-year hiatus from the recording industry, Delopoulos has teamed up with producer Monroe Jones (Ginny Owens, Caedmon’s Call) for his solo label debut on the fledgling Universal South imprint Eb & Flo Records.

While Delopoulos’ distinctive, theatrical vocal style and introspective, narrative songwriting is akin to his Cashmere days, the melodic execution sometimes lacks the urgency of his previous band. While gentle guitars and breezy percussion comprise the backbone of "Me Died Blue," Delopoulos hasn’t completely forgone his band roots for a folk sound. The synths, strings and electric guitars hit about mid-CD, following the mellow openers with key changes, mid-song rhythmic alterations and upbeat percussion.

The new project is a tasteful, stripped-down version of Delopoulos’ past. Burlap fans may find "Me Died Blue" a sweet follow up to Delopoulos’ former offerings. And for newcomers, it may just whet the appetite for more good music.

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