SUZIE VINNICK - Me ‘n’ Mabel - 2011
"Me ‘n' Mabel"
After winning numerous blues awards and recording three folk-roots albums, Suzie Vinnick has finally released a solo blues disc under her own name.
Listening to Me ‘n’ Mabel, Suzie Vinnick’s first solo blues album, is like having one of Canada’s favourite blues singers perform an intimate concert in your living room. This stripped-down acoustic 14-song collection features Suzie’s high-octane versatile voice and strong, percussive guitar playing, yet manages to travel many roads the blues can take you.
An intimate collection of 14 tunes that Suzie has been performing in solo shows over the years, some she has written over the past few years that hadn't found the right home yet and a new song she co-wrote with Rita Chiarelli.
She travels many of the musical roads that acoustic blues takes her — the bar room shuffle of “Walkin’ by Myself,” the ragtime feel of “Oh My,” the funky “You’ll Be Mine,” Percy Mayfield’s plaintive classic “Please Send Me Someone to Love” and even her unique take on Hoyt Axton’s “Never been to Spain.”And then there’s her delicious “Save Me for Later,” likely the only song ever written (at least in English) that includes the phrase, “risotto con grana Padano” in the lyrics. She provides a taste of the sweeter end of the food chain on “Oreo Cookie Blues,” and is known for passing around big bowls of the cookies at her concerts.
Not surprisingly, the spotlight is on Suzie’s voice. Blessed with a huge range, she can go from a sweet whisper to a growl in a heartbeat. Her singing expresses all the emotions covered in the emotional blues lexicon. She can be sexy, humorous, struttin’ her stuff, sassy or heartbroken. With her impeccable sense of dynamics, Suzie’s voice commands attention.
Me ’n’ Mabel is all about Suzie and her little Larrivee parlour guitar. While some of the tracks include guest performances Suzie’s musical friends, including Chris Whiteley, Tony Diteodoro, Rick Fines and Roly Platt, this is a stripped-down, bare bones exploration of the blues. Sitting down with this disc is a lot like having Suzie playing for you in your living room
And while Suzie’s voice has received rave reviews from the likes of Gordon Lightfoot to Stuart McLean, her guitar playing on this disc will surprise even some of her longtime fans. Her percussive playing has the feel that elevates a blues song from the mundane to the sublime, a sense of both melody and rhythm you can’t learn at school. And all those years of thumping bass help Suzie establish a strong groove without a rhythm section.
Check out Suzie Vinnick Me 'n' Mabel. You won't be sorry. Available through Outside Music Distribution