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Gina Sicilia - Hey SugarGina Sicilia - Hey Sugar
(SwingNation Records)

Last year, Gina Sicilia‘s Allow Me to Confess debut on SwingNation Records began at #10 on the Living Blues radio charts, and her follow-up, Hey Sugar, will likely launch this young, twenty-something East Coast singer into that same stratosphere. When you click on www.ginasicilia.com, she hits you right away with one of the most forceful web-site openings I‘ve ever heard. Produced by BMA nominee Dave Gross (who also plays guitar, drums, and bass on the CD), Hey Sugar is destined for many DJ‘s 'Top Ten' CD lists. It's not a pure blues CD, though. Sure, there‘s the powerful 'Kissing in the Dark' that‘s a classic blues song in the making on Hey Sugar, but what impresses me about Gina‘s second CD is its musical diversity. 'What the Moon Could Never Do' could be right at home on a roots-rock-Americana folk station, and her cover of Dolly Parton‘s 'Coat of Many Colors' is 100% country and western. 'So Attracted to You' features a speakeasy and ragtime feel, buoyed by John-Erik Kellso‘s period-perfect trumpet and Gerry Niewood's jaunty clarinet. There‘s a lot to like on Hey Sugar. Gina's yet to celebrate her 30‘s, and the blues is in very good hands. She has a career of real promise ahead of her, and I look forward to more blues from this amazing talent.

- By Eric Steiner, President Washington Blues Society

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