The Snake is the first official music video from Delta Tales by Sun King Rising a solo project of singer/songwriter John Blangero from Port Isabel, Texas. Steeped in the tradition of Americana and fueled by southern rock and country soul, his debut album Delta Tales will appear on PeacockSunrise Records in 2020.


John Blangero – Lead Vocal, George Perilli and Andy Taravella – Drum,s Jeff Bremer – Bass, Hermie Granati – Electric Piano, David Granati and Ace Acker – Guitar & Production, The Cold City Horns – Horn Section, Shawn Mayer – Background Vocals,
David Granati – Engineer

Q: John could you please tell us about the video and how it came about?

A: The Snake video has an interesting genesis. It was the idea of my producer, Ace Acker, who also brought this wonderful soul song to my attention and convinced me to cover it. He thought The Snake had the potential for a good video so, he got his old friend—renowned Marvel Comics illustrator (creator of “Howard the Duck” and countless others), Austin resident Val Mayerik—to get involved. 

It was Val’s idea to use snake imagery as a broader metaphor rather than strictly adhering to the lyric narrative. Val brought in Christopher Cooksey to direct the film. They did a great job working together and I am very happy with the project’s artistic aspects. I especially love the campy snake animation! The most difficult thing for me was my own lip-sync performance, through which Christopher so generously guided me. I kept forgetting the lyrics and needed a prompter! I also learned a lot about sync-licensing and the legal component of that. Overall, it was a fun experience and I look forward to doing more videos in the future. I hope you enjoy it!

–John Blangero

From the upcoming PeacockSunrise Records release, Delta Tales by Sun King Rising
Release Date: 10.2.20
Format: LP, CD and high-quality digital formats

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