Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar with Sweet Alibi

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar with Sweet Alibi

Live at The Painted Lady

WHEN Wednesday, May 18, 2016






Hailing from what has been described as the music capital of Canada, Winnipeg, Manitobas WCMA award winners Sweet Alibi Jess Rae Ayre, Amber Rose and Michelle Anderson have captivated audiences since 2009 with their charming and personal performances. With 3 releases, over 360 shows across Canada, 33 plus festival performances, in numerous radio performances and interviews Sweet Alibi is fast becoming a well-known Roots/Pop group.

Tom Power of CBC Radio 2 describes Sweet Alibi as this, If Mumford and Sons and the Supremes had a love child it would be named Sweet Alibi. A fitting characterization for a group that blends soulful and powerful vocal harmonies with the sincerity of folk and the foot stomping energy of roots.


Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar recorded the masterful, spine tingling Send the Nightingale and, released in February 2015, the album represents a quantum leap for both Martin and her group. As a vocalist her roots lie squarely within the wellspring of powerful, strong womans voices embodied by such forbears as Marion Williams, Mavis Staples, Etta James, Tina Turner, Bettye LaVette, Lucinda Williams and, perhaps most closely, Bonnie Bramlett. As a songwriter, she draws on black gospel and southern soul with a hint of roots country and sixties pop while her lyrics suggest an old soul with wisdom beyond her years.

While Martin is a powerhouse unto herself, Send the Nightingale is not the work of a single talent. In combination with what she likes to term her co-vocalists, Sherie Marshall and Stacie Tabb, the vocal blend Delta Sugar produces is pure, unadulterated gospel-tinged, neuron-tingling magic where the sum is even richer than the already soul-melting parts. Add to that guitarist Mikey McCallums Delta-inspired and mystery-inflected guitar lines and Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar emerge as one of the most powerful new artists to emerge on the roots music scene in many a year.

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar with Sweet Alibi

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