Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar release new album ‘The Reckless One’ on Nov 20


Cover art by Dave Krovblit


Samantha Martin is a force of nature, one of those voices that grabs you by the throat while causing the hairs on the back of your neck to tingle.”

– Kerry Doole, Exclaim!

With the worldwide pandemic wrecking utter havoc upon the careers of many musicians, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar elected to use their time off the road to record, their latest tour-de-force, the astonishingly powerful, funky and deeply soulful The Reckless One.

Released by Gypsy Soul Records on 20th November 2020, Samantha’s highly anticipated new album “The Reckless One” is available to pre-order HERE. Released 18th September, the first single from the album “Don’t Have To Be” is available to pre-save HERE.
Photo Credit: © Paul Wright

The follow up to 2018’s Juno-nominated “Run To Me,” “The Reckless One” represents another massive step forward for Samantha Martin as a songwriter, singer, arranger and band leader. Eleven of the album’s twelve songs were either co-written or solely composed by the multi-faceted artist.

Samantha’s music embodies roots, blues, blues rock, soul, R&B, including a dash of Motown – performed by an ensemble of amazing musicians at the top of their game.
Photo Credit: © Paul Wright

If you’re a fan of St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Teskey Brothers, Nathaniel Rateliff, Sharon Jones and the Dapkings, Rolling Stones, Beth Hart, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Janis Joplin, you’ll be hooked on Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar.

The one non-original, a funk infused cover of Bob Dylan’s “Meet Me in the Morning,” fuses Dylan’s lyric in a cataclysmic clash with the sensibilities of the Meters and the hurricane force of Howlin’ Wolf and Tina Turner at their rawest. It simply must be heard to be believed.
Photo Credit: © Jen Squires

Produced by Darcy Yates and Renan Yildizdogan, “The Reckless One” demonstrably builds on the strengths of Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar‘s last album. Martin’s lyrics, set to a panoply of intoxicating, ear worm melodies, tend to focus on the vicissitudes of love: desire, disappointment and, when everything works out, emotional and sexual satisfaction.

The album’s twelve tracks cover a lot of ground, including 12/8 gospel infused soul ballads such as “I’ve Got a Feeling” and “Better to Have Never,” funk inflected tracks like “Love is All Around,”  stomping four-on-the-floor dance numbers epitomized by “Don’t Have To Be” and the Wall of Sound influenced “Sacrifice.”
Photo Credit: © Mike Scott

Over the course of the album the discerning listener will detect a panoply of influences ranging from Mavis Staples, Sharon Jones and Otis Redding to Booker T. and the MG’s and the Memphis Horns. One track, “All That I Am,” is even slightly reminiscent of early 70s Emotions.

As illustrated on the front cover artwork for the new album, love is as delicate as a Faberge egg and can be as volatile as a hand grenade, with one fell swoop – it can blow up so magnificently, that once the dust settles, it can leave you looking at the fragments of that love wondering what went wrong. That description also works when describing Samantha.
Photo Credit: © Paul Wright

You might not know it yet, but Samantha Martin is a rock star. She’ll tear your heart out one note at a time.”

– Serena Ryder

America gave us Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, England brought us Yolanda Qartey and Phantom Limb, while Toronto gives us a new rising star, Samantha Martin.

– Jan Jansen, Real Roots Café NL

Interesting that she’s coming up at the same time as Etta James has sadly passed. Samantha Martin has a voice that stops people in their tracks. Those are rare.”

– Luke Doucet, Whitehorse
Photo Credit: © Renan


1. Love Is All Around – 3:28 (S. Martin, J. Chisholm)
2. Don’t Have to Be – 2:57 (S. Martin, A. Beer, Colacino, A. Warner)
3. Meet Me in the Morning – 3:34 (Bob Dylan)
4. Loving You Is Easy – 4:25 (S. Martin)
5. One Heartbreak – 3:36 (S. Martin, R. Yildizdogan)
6. I’ve Got a Feeling – 5:16 (S. Martin, C. Chaffey)
7. Sacrifice – 2:59 (S. Martin, J. Chisholm)
8. So I Always Know – 3:54 (S. Martin, P. Reddick)
9. Pass Me By – 3:20 (S. Martin, C. Chaffey)
10. Better to Have Never – 4:01 (S. Martin)
11. All That I Am – 2:56 (S. Martin, C. Chaffey)
12. Who Do You – 3:07 (S. Martin, C. Chaffey)

Gypsy Soul Records
Catalogue Numbers: GSR013, GSR013CD, GSR013LP

Worldwide Physical Distribution via Proper Music Group
Digital Distribution via FUGA/Fontana North
Photo Credit: © Paul Wright

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