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Gina Sicilia - Allow Me to Confess

Allow Me To Confess

Gina Sicilia

SwingNation Records - SNCD 388007

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic
(rnrcurmudgeon@yahoo.com)

At a sexy twenty two, Gina Sicilia's powerful, blues-infused pipes certainly belie her age: this is no blues hatchling taking her maiden voyage. On the contrary, Allow Me To Confess is the debut work of a blues-momma in full blossom.

With prevalent and most welcome Stax flourishes—Esther Phillips' aching Try Me; the self penned title track, the Redding inspired, Rest of My Days and libido rousing You Set My Heart on Fire—Sicilia dauntlessly pushes past the pack of your standard 4/4 blues singers and players. Add other strong originals, especially the scorching, rock solid workout 'There Lies a Better Day'; the Fats Domino swaggering I Ain't Crazy; and the old-timey, possibly classic bound country waltz heartbreaker That Much Further and you'll instantly hear why we must keep listening for this lady in the future.

Producer, guitarist, and 2007 Blues Music Awards Nominee Dave Gross instinctively places Sicilia's hardy, earthy passion for all things Soul squarely among a host of players who don't recreate or imitate the blues, but blithely create it. Featured among the many outstanding performances are Gross, bassist Scott Hornick, Karel Ruzicka, Jr.—saxophones, Dennis Gruenling—harmonica, and Lance Ong on organ and piano. Together, they fearlessly follow Sicilia's determined stride, making Allow Me To Confess the blues disc to listen intently to and intently for. Accept no substitutes.

Track List:

  • That's a Pretty Good Love
  • I Ain't Crazy
  • Try Me
  • One of Many
  • Pushover
  • Rest of My Days
  • Allow Me to Confess
  • You Set My Heart on Fire
  • There Lie's a Better Day
  • That Much Further
  • When My Ship Comes In
Produced by Dave Gross

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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