Angel in the Sidelines
ANGEL IN THE SIDELINES - CD Review by Terry Eagan Angel in the Sidelines is an eclectic sampler of Suzie Vinnick's masterful musicianship, fine writing, exceptional range of talent, and exquisite singing. The bookend songs on her first Eizusagous Rox Records release stirringly take you into soulful heartache, through questioning struggle, to holding on with faithful hope. That Vision opens with a stadium-filling arrangement that rocks with tasteful twists of vocals, violin, guitar, and organ, and on Ron Sures album-ending Carry On she stunningly and deeply warms you with a ballad of encouragement and peacefulness during moments of great sadness. For longtime fans, Oreo Cookie Blues and How Come showcase Suzie's singing, bass playing and the searing guitar of Tony D.(the stellar bluesman of 'Tony D. and his cool band'). Rick Fines joins Tony D. on these two cuts and adds his acoustic, electric, and slide guitar touch on number of the CD's songs. Jackson Delta bandmate Al Black twirls a pitchful harmonica around Rick's dobro and Suzie's bass, guitar, and vocals on Suzie's late night lament Calling the World. (Suzie and Rick recently finished up a 25 city 28 day tour on the heels of Rick's recently-released first solo album, Arcadia. Suzie's ethereal voice really hits home on her When You Lose In Love, evincing pangs of suffering from the self-titled subject. On Angel From the Sidelines, Suzie serenely hits home on the heartwrench of letting go. Terry Tufts lends touching harmony on Suzie's Angel From the Sidelines and blends nicely with Suzie and Rick on Roy Forbes tender Do I Love You. Ron Sures exhibits a nice combination of writing, playing, and producing; wrapping soft and complementing instrumentation around Suzie's singing and incredibly-strong finishes. For the country-blues-rocking minded, When You Look Back and What Will We Do Now will have you shaking a tailfeather on the dance floor. There's no shortage of rhythm on the album; with Gary Craig and Peter Kiesewalter providing the drums and organ underpinnings to Suzie's powerful vocals throughout. Suzie ventures into a Bourbon Street-like I Don't Wanna Know (What Time it Is), a Rick Fines collaboration, with tuba and clarinet to boot! As you'll hear, whatever your primary taste in music; folk, ballad, rock, country, blues, country-blues, and mixtures thereof, you'll find your thirst satisfied the first listening through, and then further grow in appreciation as you branch into the full range of performance that Suzie Vinnick presents. I look forward to enjoying future productions that feature Suzie's soul-grasping renditions. Angel in the Sidelines - CD Review by Terry Eagan ********************************************************** FOR OPENERS Suzie has shared the stage with some great acts including: Jimmie Vaughan, J.J. Cale, Ani Difranco, Moxy Fruvous, Colin James, Sue Medley, Jonathon Richman, Koko Taylor and Lynn Miles. THE BARE FACTS Suzie Vinnick's star is definitely on the rise. A singer-songwriter with great depth and versatility, her debut album, Angel In The Sidelines, met with enthusiastic reviews tagging Suzie as 'one to watch' on the Canadian music scene. Born in Saskatoon, Suzie is currently working from her home base in Toronto. A new album is in the works. STARTING OUT in Saskatoon, 'Bud's' gave Suzie her first taste of stage performance and the electricity of working live with other musicians. A restaurant by day and blues club by night, Bud's provided the venue for a teenaged Suzie to get involved in afternoon jam sessions. The blues was Suzie's first musical home, mostly because Bud's was the first place she could go to perform. Playing live with seasoned musicians like Maurice John Vaughn, she developed a powerful and emotive vocal style while also became a fluid and focused bass player. After meeting Tony D. in 1991, Suzie made a career decision and moved to Ottawa joining Tony's 'Cool Band'. Her contributions to Tony's 1992 award winning release, Dig Deep -- solid bass playing and stunning vocals -- people sat up and took notice. It was also during this time that touring gave her the exciting chance to jam with superstar, Bryan Adams at the King Eddy in Calgary. GOING SOLO After two years of musical adventures with Tony D., Suzie was feeling the need to spread her wings and develop her own project. Although Suzie and the blues had been good to one another, she'd never seen herself primarily as a blues artist. Suzie's musical tastes and influences have ranged from her early love of Heart, Supertramp and Rickie Lee Jones, to her current admiration for performers such as Shawn Colvin, John Hiatt and Sting. As well as wanting to grow stylistically, Suzie aspired to write more of her own material. The result was Angel in the Sidelines, which included nine original tracks. The success of Angel made Suzie an artist in demand. She has toured the club and festival circuits with the exceptional guitarist, Rick Fines (Jackson Delta) and percussionist extraordinaire, Miche Pouliot (Jann Arden, Bruce Cockburn & k.d Lang). She has performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf, at the Festival International De Jazz De Montreal, Toronto's Harbour Front Festival, the Ottawa Folk Festival, Cultures Canada and a number of other venues around Canada and the U.S. ___________________________________ "A voice of spun gold and honey..." Access Magazine 'An engaging performer...' The Globe & Mail "One of my favorite singers." Holger Petersen, CBC's Saturday Night Blues "Astonishingly powerful and pitch-perfect blues voice" Mike Murphy, the Sarnia Observer 'Her powerful voice breathes sweet life into candid, personal and heartfelt lyrics.' Ottawa's Capital City Magazine 'Warm, rich and emotional, Vinnick's gorgeous vocals ring with confidence...' Ottawa Citizen 'Suzie Vinnick has a voice somewhere between Shawn Colvin, Rebecca Campbell and some angel who guided you through a night...' Vancouver Island Cosmic Debris 'Take an amazing voice, add a pinch of youth, mix slowly with some of the finest writing and instrumental talent around, and the recipe is complete.' Ballyrag.