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Showing posts with label Send The Nightingale. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Send The Nightingale. Show all posts

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Roots and blues powerhouse Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar strike a chord with new release

"... she is utterly unique, the blood of a past era of music is running through her veins and when she sings she'll stop you dead in your tracks.” – Justin Stone, Fatea Magazine
Toronto based ensemble Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar have quickly been recognized as rising stars in the Canadian roots and blues music scene since the February 17th release of their exceptional recording Send the Nightingale. With extensive airplay and reviews from around the world, critics are hailing Martin as "a voice that comes along once in a generation" (Bob Mersereau) and "raw, urgent lead vocals that invite favorable comparisons to those of Bonnie Tyler.” (Duane Verh, Roots Music Report)
Within a few weeks Send the Nightingale was featured on The Alternate Root Top Ten Tracks of the Week, and has reached #3 on the !earshot National Folk/Roots/Blues charts with several positions on top 30 charts from stations across Canada, showing no sign of slowing down.
Here's what some of the reviewers have to say:
“O, boy! From the first notes of this explosive album, I was excited. I remained so as the album unfolded over its almost 40 minutes, and then I hit play again and was just as engaged the second time through. And the fifth… It is still early, but Send the Nightingale is going to be one of my favourite albums this year.”
– Donald Teplyske, Fervor Coulee
“Listening to Send The Nightingale, one can only wonder why Toronto based singer Samantha Martin isn’t already a major star. This can be said without a hint of exaggeration as Send The Nightingale presents a talent fully formed to glorious effect. This lady owns a full understanding of what  ‘soul’ really means and a world-weary voice with the kind of power and control to get the job done properly.”
– Rod Nicholson, Scene Magazine
“The ultimate joy of reviewing new albums is occasionally getting totally besotted by the first listen…the album will make you shudder, extract every sinew of raw emotion and leave you blessed with an experience of exploring what makes music an important medium for self-expression.”
– Three Chords and the Truth (UK)
Send the Nightingale is available on iTunes and at

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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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