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Gina Sicilia Heard The Lie Review

by September 10, 2018

Singer and songwriter Gina Sicilia continues to combine and create an ever evolving love and practice of blues and country music. Sicilia’s originals have a blues-influence with pop sensibilities and hooks, all tinged with a little country flavoring. Sicilia relocated from Philadelphia to Nashville and has since been enveloped within that musical community.  Over the last decade or so, Sicilia has opened for Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joan Osborne and Beth Hart, among others.

Since earning a Blues Music Award nomination for Best New Artist in 2008, Sicilia has enjoyed great chart and radio success in the genre. Tug Of War reached #3 on the Contemporary Blues Album chart and was the #1 roots album in Tennessee. “Abandoned” reached #2 on the Contemporary Blues Song chart, “He Called Me Baby” reached #1 on the Soul Blues Radio chart, “I Don’t Want To Be In Love” reached #3 on the Contemporary Blues Radio chart.

About the Album

Heard The Lie is Sicilia’s eighth album, recorded in Los Angeles, it was Produced by Grammy® nominated Dave Darling. The album has eleven tracks, including a duet with label-mate Janiva Magness (“Brighter Day”) and a soulful take on Bad Company’s classic “Ready For Love.” Heard The Lie is also nuanced with prominent Americana flourishes, ’50s and ’60s influenced country ballads, but make no mistake, all the tracks have their bluesy moments.

Our Favorite Track

Our favorite track is Sicilia’s Bad Company cover, “Ready for Love.” The intro has an outstanding organ and guitar call and response with meaty vocal harmony parts. When the verse arrives, Sicilia’s big warm voice delivers the well-known melody with her own style and inflections. There is certainly a blues overtone and the arrangement is an enjoyable listen. The chorus is given a blues treatment with Sicilia’s embellishments and bluesy guitar fills. The vocal harmonies are supple, and the feel is perfect. Sicilia’s voice is strong throughout her range. Her passion comes through in each phrase and she has excellent range and bluesy superfluities that naturally occur in her vocal stylings.

In Conclusion

A solid listen throughout, Sicilia fills the grooves with a soulful timbre as her compadres in song create solid performances and lay down the grit that evokes the best performances from Sicilia. A touch of twang, a flirt of bluesy attitude and well-crafted songs.  Heard the Lie is a hybrid of blues and Americana, you can certainly hear the Nashville in the Delta.

Overview
Label

Blue Elan

Artist

Gina Sicilia

Album

Heard the Lie

Release Date

August 31, 2018

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