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Sunday Wilde "He Gave Me A Blue Nightgown" (Canada)


 Sunday Wilde's "He Gave Me A Blue Nightgown", is the second album she has now sent me, the first being "What Man!?? Oh THAT man!!", of which at the end of my review for that album I wrote, "For those whom like truly a great vocal delivery from a truly great vocalist in the Smoky Old Jazzy Blues Room Tradition, "What Man!?? Oh THAT man!!", is just what the doctor ordered. Thoroughly Enjoyed and highly Recommended ..."He Gave Me A Blue Nightgown", certainly continues to follow in the tracks of a Smoky Old Jazzy Blues Room Tradition delivery and Sunday's vocals, well I just must say, they are still to die for.

"Sunday is from the wilds of a northern Ontario small town, but she has been found singing everywhere from small logging and mining towns at coffee houses, funeral parlours, and blues joints and all the way to large festivals, house concerts and bars in bustling metropolises ."

"He Gave Me A Blue Nightgown" marks Sunday Wilde's 4th release and if past accolades and critical acclaim is any indication, this album will also be a resounding success, with it already Hitting Number 1 on the GLOBAL BLUES CHARTS on AIRPLAYDIRECT.

"He Gave Me A Blue Nightgown" consists of 13 Tracks of which all are originals of Wilde's except for Track 12, "Amazing Grace". In addition to Sunday Wilde on Vocals and playing Piano and Bangles, she is joined by David West (Guitar), and Rory Slater (Upright Bass), along with Guest Musicians Dawson Paulson (Percussion Drum Brushes on a Vintage Mailbox), Virgil Denmark (Violin), Janice Matichuk (Accordion), Rennie Frattura (Acoustic Guitar) and God (Rain). Dawson Paulson shows us that he is also part of Wilde's talented family, as he is Sunday's son.

With it's thoroughly intimate old country feel, "He Gave Me A Blue Nightgown" offers up the kind of music I would just love listening to out in a woods in a cozy cabin. That in fact may of been the intent of Sunday Wilde, because the music was actually recorded at a "remote hunting wilderness lodge in the heart of northern Ontario." Also of interest to me was the fact it was recorded by "sound technician for the famous now defunct Maple Leaf Gardens ." Talk about Canadiana...

There is certainly no doubt about Sunday's unbelievably amazing Vocals shining brightly on this album, but they shine brightly not only in and of themselves, but also because of the wonderfully textured mood created with all the other equally brilliant performers dispersing their little bits of musical magic.

All in all, I found "He Gave Me A Blue Nightgown" to be yet another amazing musical journey courtesy of the equally amazing Sunday Wilde and friends. With it's unique blend of Roots, Blues, and Jazz, it is, I am sorry to say, the kind of album that there are far to little of. It is an album that simply sparkles because of, well, it's simplicity.

As, with Wilde's previous release, "He Gave Me A Blue Nightgown" is also an album I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.

Favorite Track: There Was A Time

Review by John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network) 


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