Oral History Information
Del Rey lives and breathes musical passion! Since she was a child she had the skills and desire to communicate through music and soon realized her playing brought happiness to others. The bonus is that music brings her great joy too! Early in her career she played guitar in rock bands and thanks to record shop owner and music historian Lou Curtiss she was introduced to the blues. Lou suggested she listen to Memphis Minnie and the experience changed her musical direction. Del soon learned all she could about the music of the 1920s, to the point of writing songs (such as “Old Boy”) one would swear were written a hundred years ago. Her fresh feel and use of modern instruments and recording gear bring new life to the early traditions of the blues. After moving to Seattle in 1999, Del fell in love with the ukulele and has since released two DVDs released by Homespun: “Memphis Uke” and “Blue Uke” as well as “ The Music of Memphis Minnie “ and “Boogie Woogie Guitar” for guitar.