2015 – Samantha Martin Music
By Phillip Smith; Feb 28, 2015
The new album from Toronto-based recording artists Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar is sure to draw a lot of attention and adoration. Boasting a clever mix of blues, roots, country and gospel music, Send the Nightingale is absolutely compelling. With vocals that fall into the same wheelhouse as Janis Joplin, Martin takes command of each song. Guitarist Mikey McCallum, along with backing vocalists Sherie Marshall and Stacie Tabb, form Delta Sugar.
Martin’s influences are also nicely rooted in Sixties soul music as well. Kicking off with a light rhythm reminiscent of Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man”, is “Addicted”, a proclaiming song of love, and a soulful joyous treat. The mood suddenly drops on “When You Walk Away”, a heart wrenching song about splitting up. McCallum on guitar, brings to mind Steve Cropper’s playing on ”(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay”.
Martin performs “One More Day” with the energy and unbridled exuberance of a gospel band in a southern tent revival. Complete with obligatory stomps and clap, it’s cloaked in a rootsy and rustic vibe. To this song, I say “Amen brothers and sisters!” The song that sticks with me the most though is “Don’t Shoot”. I absolutely love it. Martin, like Lucinda Williams, just has an uncanny knack for writing great story-telling songs that rock with a country/western flair.
Excellent songwriting, powerful vocals, fantastic harmonies, and expert musicianship, make Send the Nightingale the wonderful album it is.