Glen Delpit has never understood those local musicians who feel the need to preface their original tunes.
"I'm amazed when people say, this is a song I wrote," says Delpit, who has been playing original blues and Americana music with his band The Subterraneans for 25 years.
The band celebrates the anniversary with a party and CD release show Friday at Frank's Place in the Warnors complex.
In the 1980s, Delpit was the leader — and main songwriter — for the Houserockers, a wildly popular party band that was a regular at the famed Wild Blue. The club was a hub for local musicians and the place to hear original music.
"You couldn't go there if you were a top 40s band," Delpit says.
The Houserockers played monthly three-night stints at the club and would have lines out the door. The band was the club's New Year's Eve house band from 1986-1990.
When the Houserockers stopped playing, Delpit took his songs and started the Subterraneans along with John Suhr and Dean MacDonald. While the band never had the same level of popularity, Delpit and the crew never stopped making music.
Though the band has opened up for or played backup to guys like Bo Diddley, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Booker T., Delpit never pursued greater success.
He has never had a real record deal and is happy to self-release the band's work once they have enough material (and money) to get into the studio.
They play a regular happy-hour gig at Audie's Olympic Tavern on the first and third Fridays of the month and play bigger gigs — blues festivals and the like — when they are asked.
"It's a labor of love," Delpit says.
"When I see people singing my songs, out on the dance floor … wow. That's success to me."
The band has lost a few players — mostly bassists — but the core group, which includes Chris Eacock and Joe Luppino, has been the same for more than 20 years.
It's a laid-back gig, Delpit says. He brings in the songs, and the band arranges them. Delpit guesses he's written close to 500 songs over the years. The band has recorded more than 100 on four albums. The latest, "Life is Like Shakespeare," is out now.
The album encompasses all of what the band does, stylistically — from Chuck Berry style rock 'n' roll to gospel tunes and more traditional rhythm and blues.
It wasn't something Delpit set out to do. He didn't even realize it until he sat down and really listened to the final product, he says.
"Those were just the songs we had and how they turned out."
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