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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar - Send The Nightingale - New Release Review

I just received the newest release (February 17, 2014), Send The Nightingale, from Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar and it's powerful. Opening with country/gospel flavored Give Me Your Mercy, Samantha shows her take no prisoners approach vocally blowing the roof off with powerful backing by Sherie Marshall and Stacie Tabb. Jimmy Hill surrounds the vocal harmonies with spiritual sounding organ and Mike McCallum adds guitar styling. On Addicted, the twist is more R&B but still with a spiritual root. When You Walk Away has an almost Otis Redding feel with Martin singing over arpeggiated chords. Don't Shoot returns to a more folk county feel with rich vocal blending and electric guitar soloing from McCallum. One More Day has a finite country feel, hand claps and all. Chicken pickin by McCallum adds to the overall backwoods feel. Take Us Swiftly Home is a bit more grounded with a bluesy feel. Warm vocal harmonies throughout is the central theme. It's hard to deny that Martin's voice is anything less than excellent. Won't You Stay is an easy ballad with really super vocal blending. The simple instrumental accompaniment helps to really highlight the lush vocals of Martin, Marshall and Tabb. Mississippi Sun has an authentic "western or Americana" sound. Along the lines of Goodnight Irene or I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, this is my favorite track on the release and is simple and straight forward. A clean resonator solo by Martin on this track blends nicely into the overall feel. My Crown has a cool, soul feel and solid vocal work wrapped by Hill's organ work. Very nice. I Won't Justify has a strong early blues/gospel feel. Squeezing every drop of sweat from this track, Martin really elevates this release to a new level. keeping the guitar solo really simple but heartfelt gives the track an iridescence. A Capella, Tell The Heavens features Martin, Marshall and Tabb on vocal blending. A very nice conclusion to a truly rich vocal release.  

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