Sue Decker is a singer/songwriter/guitarist from Victoria. She specializes in lap steel slide guitars and her set list goes from blues to folk to outlaw country. Whatever label you give the music, her lyrics will impress you. After an EP and a digital single, she now has released her first full album with award-winning producer Wynn Gogol behind the glass and in front of it. He is a multi-instrumentalist, handling keyboards, banjo, harmonica and horn & drum programming. There are a couple of guests as well but it’s Decker’s songs and vocals that carry the load and show her to be an artist with a great future. The opener is a very attractive “Lay Me Down in the Indigo”, a moving plea to lose these blues and save her soul. Gogol contributes almost his entire repertoire but it all serves the song well. After a couple of country songs featuring lead guitarist Bill Johnson, she picks up her dobro and with just piano accompaniment delivers “Please, Please Baby” – she tells her lover she doesn’t want to be tied down by marriage, although she will take the diamond ring. The Piedmont-styled solo “Too Close to the Bone” deals most effectively with loneliness. The title song is, somewhat unusually, a straight-ahead rocker, with Bill Johnson on lead and Decker on electric slide and Damian Graham on the full drum kit. It’s a nicely done portrayal of a couple on the ‘outskirts of love’. “Silver Anniversary” may veer closer to country but her tale of what their anniversary might have looked like had they stayed together is marvelous stuff. Another solo highlight concludes the program: “Travellin’ Light” has her moving on, with no baggage. Her web site, www.suedecker.com, shows she’s staying out west for now.

Blues Revival #6 Featuring Suzie Vinnick
November 2019 - Guy Belanger