Sunday Wilde review….May 25, 2019…

SUNDAY WILDE AND THE -EYED JACKS

EVIL–LOVE IS–DEAD MAN’S CLOTHES–SHOW ME MERCY–DEAD PRESIDENTS–IT HURTS ME TOO–MY BABY’S DEAD–CAPTURED ME–SPIRITS UP MY FRIEND–SWEAR YOU’RE CHEATIN–I GUESS I DIDN’T HEAR YOU

Sunday Wilde is a sho’ nuff blues-beltin’, piano-poundin’ mama from Thunder Bay Ontario, who possesses a voice big, bold, and brassy enough to get and hold your attention.  She and her band have just released their eighth set, the self-titled “Sunday Wilde And The 1-Eyed Jacks.”  Herein, she applies that tremendous voice to eleven cuts, a cool mix of originals and covers that deal with loves won and lost, and a touching tribute to an old friend.

Leading off is a voodoo-esque read of “Evil is goin’ on,” and is quite different from Wolf’s or even Koko’s versions, filled with twangin guitar and honkin’ sax.  “Give Me Mercy” finds our heroine out of touch after pulling an all-nighter trying to drown her sorrows with nary a friend to be found.

In a beautiful tribute to her late partner, Reno Jack, she offers the poignant piano-and-vocal of “Spirits Up, My Friend, it’ll only be a flash ’til we meet again.”

She pitches a mean boogie, and those served as our favorites.  Calling out a no-good lover, she tries to be strong, but, “I Swear You’re Cheatin’ every time you turn around!”  And, she knows what it’s like when “I ain’t broke but I’m badly bent,” on a hot read of Little Walter’s “Dead Presidents!”

Sunday Wilde has won numerous songwriting awards, has been on the Roots Music Report for several months, and ol’ Harpdog Brown himself declares that she’s “pure blues!”  Check it out for yourself with “Sunday Wilde And The 1-Eyed Jacks!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, THe Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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