Hello to all and thanks for reading this weeks blog, wherever in the world you are.
I have a busy couple of weeks ahead attending gigs and there is one in particular that I am very excited to be going to.
Put the date in your diary if you are in the Toronto area, April 28th sees Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar Launch their brand new album ' Run To Me '
It's another outstanding release by Sam and she has raised the bar even higher on this one showcasing her sound with a ten piece band.
I was lucky to have been able to sit down with her this week to chat about the release, the show on Blues & Roots Radio - Under The Radar - airs at 10pm EDT on Thursday April 19th, it's repeated on Sunday April 22nd at 9am EDT and again on Wednesday April 25th.
We speak about the highs and lows of being an independent artist, and the elation an album release brings, we chat about her band which is rammed full of talent, and we talk also about some of the tracks, for instance, Good Trouble was written about a true life episode in Samantha's life, she saved someone who had been shot in a drive by shooting while she was attending a music conference, she sat down with co-writer Suzie Vinnick and penned the track bringing out an anthemic upbeat vibe to a memory that was very dark, you'll want to hear the full story, trust me.
I've been pals with Sam for a few years now, I've watched her grow her sound from an americana roots feel with The Haggard to the development and evolution from Send The Nightingale, which was the first Delta Sugar release in 2015, to this brand new fuller soul sound on Run To Me, it's spectacular, and I am so proud for her.
Any young bands out there that aspire to making music a full time career should take a good look at Samantha, her work ethic is incredible, her integrity is second to none, she has just been signed to Gypsy Soul Records who are based in Toronto, and I think this will allow her to broaden her fan base outside of Canada, she has a seven week tour of Europe lined up for 2019, I know she is going to go down well.
Tickets for the show at The Horseshoe Tavern and other tour dates as well as the link to buy the new album can be found here samanthamartinmusic.com
I highly recommend taking in a show if she is playing near you, and you need to have the new album in your collection, you will thank me !
Just before I go, I wanted to say a huge thank you to the CARAS Board of Directors and Staff for appointing me a judge at this years JUNO Awards, and for the letter of recognition received this week, it was a great honour for me to have been part of the process, the awards this year were spectacular in Vancouver, next year they move to London, Ontario and I hope to be a part of it once again.
Check out our news page for a list of live music dates for your diary.
Until next time