Gina Sicilia blends blues, country at The Palms on Thursday, Oct. 25

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Gina Sicilia will celebrate the release of her eighth album, “Heard the Lie,” with a show at The Palms Playhouse on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.

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Gina Sicilia’s dynamism and smoky voice have always set her apart. The decorated blues vocalist penned her first song at age 12 and, after the overwhelmingly positive response to her 2007 debut album, “Allow Me to Confess,” started touring all over the world. Sicilia released “Heard the Lie” in August, and will perform at The Palms Playhouse on Thursday, Oct. 25 starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Since nabbing a Blues Music Award nomination for Best New Artist in 2008, Sicilia has enjoyed great chart and radio success. “Tug Of War” reached #3 on the Contemporary Blues Album chart and was #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, and “I Don’t Want To Be In Love” reached #3 on the Contemporary Blues Radio chart. Produced by Grammy-nominated Dave Darling and released via Blue Elan Records, “Heard the Lie” is Sicilia’s eighth album in just a little over a decade and is a testament to her ever-evolving love and practice of blues and country music. “I’ve never really recorded albums that are straight blues because I’ve always felt the natural urge to write and record my many musical influences,” she said. “But I have always tried to write blues-influenced songs with pop sensibilities and pop hooks—catchy songs that people can sing along to. That’s something I tried to do even more when writing this album.” Sicilia has a track record of evolving her sound, and that’s especially evident on “Heard The Lie.” The gospel-tinged, up-tempo “Light Me Up” is a “really funky kind of dance song,” she said, adding that she’s “never done anything like that before.” The handclap-peppered “Darling” comes from her love of girl groups and the languid throwback “How Many Times” is an R&B showstopper. She has even added her own creative impulse to the smoldering cover of Bad Company’s “Ready For Love” adding soulful touches such as freewheeling organ. The rollicking title track hews closely to the kind of modern alt-country music performed by fellow genre-busters Mary Chapin Carpenter and Lucinda Williams. “Heard The Lie” is also has prominent Americana flourishes. “Bad Things” boasts twangy guitar licks, while the loping, mid-tempo “Sugar” harkens back to ’50s and ’60s country ballads. Although this Americana inspiration is partly geographic — Sicilia relocated from Philadelphia to Nashville and has since been enveloped within that musical community — it’s also a reflection of her diverse influences. “I’m very influenced by being around musicians all the time, and being around so much live music,” she says. “Great things can come from being authentic and forming real friendships and connections with other musicians anywhere, but particularly in Nashville.” Sicilia integrates roots inspirations seamlessly within the album’s bluesy moments, such as the strutting “Brighter Day,” an upbeat duet with Grammy-nominated Janiva Magness, who also co-wrote the song, and the piano-tickled slow burn “Man In The Sky,” a showcase for Sicilia ‘s formidable, smoky voice. In addition to her career as a headliner, Sicilia has opened for Joe Bonamassa, Johnny Winter, Shemekia Copeland, Joan Osborne, James Cotton, Beth Hart and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, among others. Tickets are available Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and ginasicilia.com. ]]>

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