Suzie Vinnick has a crystal clear voice that takes her blues-influenced music into that realm where one is reminded of show tunes, country and just plain fine music.
Happy Here is Vinnick’s third solo CD, the first; Angel in the Sidelines dating back to 1994. While not overly prolific as a solo artist, Vinnick has honed her considerable skills on several side projects including the 2005 project The Marigolds.
Maybe because the disks haven’t rolled out in quick succession, Vinnick has loaded up Happy Here with 14 songs. It’s always a bonus when an artist gives the listener those few extra cuts.
When it is Vinnick at work it’s even sweeter given those fine vocals, which might best be described simply as musically pleasant. My Kind of Loneliness is a great example of that. It is a beautiful song filled with lyrics which create images in the mind that have you remembering lost loves and special times. It is easily the best song on the album, and that really is saying something since it had to rise above a dozen other very good numbers
Vinnick was the 2008 recipient of the Canadian Maple Blues Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, and 2009 Juno nominee for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year: Solo.
A very nice CD that is well worth a listen if you like female blues that aren’t really blues, but is still fine music.
Check it out at www.suzievinnick.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Jan 20, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada