Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
Toronto - Ontario - Canada

With the worldwide pandemic wrecking utter havoc upon the careers of many musicians, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar elected to use their time off the road to record, mix and master their latest tour-de-force, the astonishingly powerful, funky and deeply soulful The Reckless One.
The follow up to 2018’s Juno-nominated Run To Me, The Reckless One represents another massive step forward for Samantha Martin as a songwriter, singer, arranger and band leader. Eleven of the album’s twelve songs were either co-written or solely composed by the multi-talented, multi-faceted artist. The one non-original, a funk infused cover of Bob Dylan’s “Meet Me in the Morning,” fuses Dylan’s lyric in a cataclysmic clash with the sensibilities of the Meters and the hurricane force of Howlin’ Wolf and Tina Turner at their rawest. It simply has to be heard to be believed.

Produced by Darcy Yates and Renan Yildizdogan, The Reckless One demonstrably builds on the strengths of Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar’s last album. Martin’s lyrics, set to a panoply of intoxicating, ear worm melodies, tend to focus on the vicissitudes of love: desire, disappointment and, when everything works out, emotional and sexual satisfaction. The album’s twelve tracks cover a lot of ground, including 12/8 gospel infused soul ballads such as “I’ve Got a Feeling” and “Better to Have Never,” funk inflected tracks like “Love is All Around,” stomping four-on-the-floor dance numbers epitomized by “Don’t Have To Be” and the Wall of Sound influenced “Sacrifice.” Over the course of the album the discerning listener will detect a panoply of influences ranging from Mavis Staples, Sharon Jones and Otis Redding to Booker T. and the MG’s and the Memphis Horns. One track, “All That I Am,” is even slightly reminiscent of early 70s Emotions.

Martin’s first recording was an EP entitled Fade, issued in 2004. A year later she moved to Toronto and in 2008 released her debut full length album, Back Home. The eponymously titled Samantha Martin & The Haggard followed in 2012 before Martin decided to form the gospel and soul-based Delta Sugar. 

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar’s debut release, 2015’s Send the Nightingale, was a stripped-down affair consisting of Martin, her two co-singers, and two guitars. For 2018’s Run to Me, Martin elected to record her emotionally wrought material with an expanded band, augmenting the core of Delta Sugar’s gospel-infused harmonies with a full rhythm section, piano, organ and an ever-so-soulful horn section. The Reckless One continues in the same trajectory, further expanding the palate of sounds with vibes, mellotron, Wurlitzer, Hammond and Farfisa organs plus strings.

Send the Nightingale was a stunning achievement which garnered four Maple Blues nominations in 2016, was regularly featured on the CBC, topped the blues charts on Stingray radio and propelled the group onto the stages of all the major Canadian festivals and clubs coast to coast. Subsequent to the album’s release, Martin was nominated three years in a row as Female Vocalist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards. Continuing to build on the group’s steam rolling momentum, in 2019 Run To Me garnered another four Maples Blues nominations, a Juno nomination (Canada’s Grammy Awards) and paved the way for Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar’s assault on European club and concert stages. Starting with a blitzkrieg attack consisting of 42 club dates in six weeks in early 2019, three tours and a year later the group was being booked at a number of major European festivals.

Martin is the lead singer, songwriter and focal point of the group. A dynamic front woman, she possesses a stunning voice that is capable of summoning up tidal waves of spine-tingling emotion in one instance while delicately bringing out the nuances of a gut-wrenching lyric in the next. A torrid force of nature, night after night she takes audiences to emotional peaks while leaving them stunned with her sheer pin-you-against-the-wall power.

While Martin is a powerhouse unto herself, the vocal alchemy of Delta Sugaris not the work of a single talent. In combination with what she likes to term her “co-vocalists,” the vocal blend that Delta Sugar produces is pure, unadulterated gospel-tinged, neuron-tingling magic where the sum is even richer than the already soul-melting parts.

The first single from Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar’s stunning new album, The Reckless One, is a four-on-floor stomping dance track entitled “Don’t Have To Be.” Sporting a melody that will have listeners singing along, the track features swirling Booker T-inspired organ, a swaggering horn line and Samantha Martin’s trademark hurricane-force vocals. Irresistibly catchy, the song has been filling dance floors every night since she started performing it.


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The Reckless One

Label: Gypsy Soul

Genres: Blues

Styles: Soul Blues, Blues

Songs on the Album

Track # Song Title Style Genre
1 Love is All Around Soul Blues Blues
2 Don't Have to Be Soul Blues Blues
3 Meet Me in the Morning Soul Blues Blues
4 Loving You is Easy Soul Blues Blues
5 One Heartbreak Soul Blues Blues
6 I've Got a Feeling Soul Blues Blues
7 Sacrifice Soul Blues Blues
8 So I Always Know Soul Blues Blues
9 Pass Me by Soul Blues Blues
10 Better to Have Never Soul Blues Blues
11 All That I Am Soul Blues Blues
12 Who Do You Soul Blues Blues

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Run to Me

Label: Gypsy Soul

Genres: Blues, Unknown

Styles: Soul Blues, Blues, Unknown

Songs on the Album

Track # Song Title Style Genre
1 You're the Love Soul Blues Blues
2 Gonna Find It Soul Blues Blues
3 Will We Ever Learn Soul Blues Blues
4 Wanna Be Your Lover Soul Blues Blues
5 Chasing Dreams Soul Blues Blues
6 Good Trouble Soul Blues Blues
7 Over You Soul Blues Blues
8 This Night is Mine Soul Blues Blues
9 Only So Much Soul Blues Blues
10 All Night Long Soul Blues Blues

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Send the Nightingale

Label: Self-Release

Genres: Blues

Styles: Contemporary Blues

Songs on the Album

Track # Song Title Style Genre
1 Give Me Your Mercy Contemporary Blues Blues
2 Addicted Contemporary Blues Blues
3 When You Walk Away Contemporary Blues Blues
4 Don't Shoot Contemporary Blues Blues
5 One More Day Contemporary Blues Blues
6 Take Us Swiftly Home Contemporary Blues Blues
7 Won't You Stay Contemporary Blues Blues
8 Mississippi Sun Contemporary Blues Blues
9 My Crown Contemporary Blues Blues
10 I Won't Justify Contemporary Blues Blues
11 Tell the Heavens Contemporary Blues Blues

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Mississippi Sun

Label: Dollartone

Genres: Blues

Styles: Contemporary Blues

Songs on the Album

Track # Song Title Style Genre
Dark Angel Contemporary Blues Blues
1 Won't You Stay Contemporary Blues Blues
2 One More Day Contemporary Blues Blues
3 Mississippi Sun Contemporary Blues Blues
4 Dark Angel Contemporary Blues Blues
5 Low is the Way Contemporary Blues Blues

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Back Home

Label: Self-Release

Genres: Blues

Styles: Contemporary Blues

Songs on the Album

Track # Song Title Style Genre
1 Lonesome Roads Contemporary Blues Blues
2 I'll Go Contemporary Blues Blues
3 Back Home Contemporary Blues Blues
4 Tellin' Time Contemporary Blues Blues
5 Trucker's Daughter Contemporary Blues Blues
6 San Antonio Blue Contemporary Blues Blues
7 Devil and a Baby Contemporary Blues Blues
8 China Doll Contemporary Blues Blues
9 Pearl Contemporary Blues Blues
10 Love Might Come Looking for You Contemporary Blues Blues
11 Trucker Dan Contemporary Blues Blues
12 I Wanna Know Contemporary Blues Blues
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Posted By: Duane Verh
Feb 21, 2015