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Interview: Jon Jameson of the Delta Spirit Talks About Deserted Islands, Katy Perry, and Taxidermy

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The Delta Spirit, those unconventional rockers from San Diego, will be headlining a show at the El Rey tonight in support of their album Ode to Sunshine. Their hit Trashcan in which they use an actual trashcan lid as percussion launched them from local rock band to radio sensation last year.

The band was formed when friends Brandon Young (drums) and Jon Jameson saw Matthew Vasquez busking on a bench in San Diego. They got to talking about music and realized they had a lot of friends in common in the music scene. All of the guys were in separate bands, but a couple months later when the bands fell apart, they decided to form the Delta Spirit. Bassist Jon Jameson was kind enough to speak to us last Thursday about the upcoming show.

Where did you get the name Delta Spirit?
My mom’s Uncle Red, who was from Birmingham, AL. He had a taxidermy shop. He was an air force controller, who also ran a shop called, "Delta Spirit Taxidermy Station of North Central Alabama." So I just took Delta Spirit from that.

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Have you seen this shop?
No, I never even met Uncle Red. He's dead now. When we toured through Birmingham I thought about going to look for his shop. I used to come home from school and find my mom talking to him on the phone for a long time. I guess he was lonely. But I never met the guy. He seemed like a sweetheart.