Photo Credit: Joel Johnson

Photo Credit: Joel Johnson

Despite just recently starting to wrap up work on the next Def Leppard album, guitarist Phil Collen is stepping forward at the helm of his own project that is attempting to revive the blues sound of the 1950s and 1960s.

While some prominent guitarists would attempt to revisit the styles of such groundbreaking musicians as Jimmy Page and Ritchie Blackmore where they were exposed to second-hand aspects of the blues, Collen is going a step forward by focusing towards the soul and R&B origins of the genre.

This is what we find on Delta Deep‘s cover of the 1968 William Bell song “Private Number,” which features none other than Whitesnake‘s David Coverdale singing a duet with Delta Deep singer Debbi Blackwell-Cook.

When we spoke with Phil Collen about the upcoming Delta Deep album in our exclusive interview, he explained how it was actually Coverdale who proposed they cover that particular song.

“I really wanted him to do “Mistreated” with Debbi,” said Collen. “How that really came about was I mentioned to David that I would be doing this album, and I asked him, ‘Would you be up to doing a ballad with Debbi on ‘Mistreated’?’

“He said, ‘Oh my God, I’d love to. But I’m recording some of these older Deep Purple songs so I can’t do that, but I’d love to be involved.’ So I asked him, ‘What song would you be interested in doing?’ And without hesitation he asked me, ‘Do you know ‘Private Number’ by William Bell?” He sent me the thing and I said, ‘That’s great.'”

So instead of Coverdale tackling a cover of “Mistreated,” that role went to Def Leppard lead vocalist Joe Elliott. “So again, he ended up doing a duet with Debbi, and I’m singing on there as well so it sounded really cool, but he did say that it would be cool to hear Joe doing my part on ‘Mistreated,'” shared Collen.

“I totally agreed, so he sung it with Debbi and they sounded great together. So that’s really how that came about. David just said he thought it’d be cool to hear Joe singing. (laughs) So he’s on there, as well.”

The self-titled debut album from Delta Deep is due for release on June 23 through Mailboat Records.

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