Award-winning blues guitarist Sunjay is pleased to announce Statesboro Blues – the third single taken from his new album Black & Blues Revisited.
The single, released Friday October 21st, is available stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer and Tidal from https://ditto.fm/statesboro-blues.
The new album Black & Blues Revisited, released by Mighty Tight Records, is available to order from www.sunjay.tv.
Watch the Statesboro Blues music video on YouTube below.
“Statesboro Blues was written by Blind Willie McTell and first recorded in 1928,” says Sunjay. It’s country blues with a touch of gospel.
This version also combines lyrics from Church Bell Blues by Luke Jordan. ‘Daddy died and left me reckless, mama died and left wild’. Having sung these lines hundreds of times before my mother passed away. It was an extremely emotional experience. I had to belt it out because I just couldn’t do it gently, the words got stuck.
Black & Blues Revisited produced by Sunjay and Josh Clark at Get Real Studios in Bath, UK marks a significant passage of time in Sunjay’s life. “I’d just started recording the album when my mother suddenly and tragically died,” says Sunjay.
There was so much to deal with, the shock was huge, and it took me a long time to recover. Thankfully Josh enabled us to keep the momentum going as he continued to work on various things until I could record again. Music has always been my catharsis. I’m grateful that I’m now in a much better place both personally and musically.
My mother was born in Goa, India. She gave me my forename, Sunjay. Though always very proud of me, I think there were cultural expectations of me becoming a doctor or a lawyer. My father who (is British) taught me to play guitar initially, and I inherited his love of blues music.
Faced with these challenges I feel far closer to these songs now than I’d ever done before. Some of these songs, in fact most of them, I’ve been singing for years. However, singing them now has a whole different meaning. In the Blues, references to death, the devil etc aren’t usually very far removed from real life.”
“A very accomplished and dynamic guitarist, with a mature
stage presence and echoes of a young Ralph McTell.”
– RNR Magazine
“Already creating a stir with talents way beyond his years. A really
soothing, natural sound and most definitely destined for bigger things.”
– Maverick Magazine
Listening to Statesboro Blues and Living With The Blues, you can feel raw emotion. Sunjay’s voice sounds more edgy than it has on previous albums.
There’s a willingness to sing straight from the heart, to let the listener hear him at his most vulnerable and somehow evoke feelings of, ‘hey, it’s ok, come and sit with me a while’. While on other tracks like Freight Train and Come Back Baby we hear more familiar warm sonorous vocals that we’ve become accustomed to hearing from Sunjay.
This is new territory for Sunjay, territory that’s unfamiliar to him as well as to the regular Sunjay listener. Have no fear though, it’s wonderful to hear the growth between albums. “When I was younger, I always got told – you need to suffer to be able to sing the blues.
Well, now I have.” says Sunjay, a wry smile that those accustomed to his live performances will be familiar with. He has a unique ability to craft equal parts sadness and humour into songs and stories alike. At 28 years old he seems to have the experience and wisdom of somebody much older. Though as he’s keen to point out, “That’s only because I’ve made so many mistakes…”.
The stellar band on the album comprises; drummer (and occasional bassist!) Josh Clarke (Kate Rusby), bassist Josh Jewsbury (Eve Selis), Bob Fridzema on keys (King King, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Walter Trout), and harmonica player Lee Southall (Voodoo Blue). Together the musicianship is impeccable, exquisitely tasteful and perfectly stated.
Sunjay heads out on tour in late October after the album is released on Friday 14th October 2022.