July 28, 2022

SUNJAY’S NEW ALBUM – “BLACK & BLUES REVISITED”
RELEASED FRIDAY 14 OCTOBER 2022

the new album

PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM FROM WWW.SUNJAY.TV

NEW SINGLE – “BUILT FOR COMFORT”
RELEASED WEDNESDAY 27 JULY 2022

STREAM SINGLE | WATCH MUSIC VIDEO

Multi-award-winning blues guitarist Sunjay is pleased to announce his long awaited and highly anticipated new studio album, Black & Blues Revisited (the follow up to 2015’s Black & Blues) is released by Mighty Tight Records on Friday 14th October 2022, and is available to pre-order from www.sunjay.tv.

The first single, Built For Comfort, released Wednesday 27th July, is available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer and Tidal from https://ditto.fm/built-for-comfort.

Sunjay

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 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 that 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 the 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…”.

“One of the best young pickers and singers around.”
–  Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

“One of the UK’s finest young Blues stars.”
–  Iain Anderson, BBC Radio Scotland

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 kicks off with the first of three single releases to accompany the release of his Black & Blues Revisited album on October 14th. The first single is an upbeat rocking blues track entitled Built For Comfort.

Built For Comfort originally written by Willie Dixon is a classic Blues piece. Presented here in a raunchy Blues-Rock format, Sunjay’s powerhouse vocals are as driving as the accompanying music.

There’s an extended music break in the middle where Sunjay’s faultless guitar skills are showcased, followed by a organ/piano, call and answer, interspersed with bluesy harmonica.

Although written over 60 years ago, the song is as relevant today as it was then. Echoing the sentiments of ‘built for comfort, I ain’t built for speed’ and ‘ain’t got no diamonds, ain’t got no gold, what I do have baby’s gonna satisfy your soul’ Sunjay calls out the idea of valuing material possessions over true emotional fulfilment. It’s a corker, from start to finish. 

ALBUM TRACK LISTING & SONGWRITING CREDITS

1. Built For Comfort (3:48)

Written by: Willie Dixon.
Published by: BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

2. Statesboro Blues (3.59)
Written by: Blind Willie McTell.
Published by: Peermusic (UK) Ltd

3. Key To The Highway (3:44)
Written by: Big Bill Broonzy/Charlie Segar.
Published by: Universal/MCA Music Limited

4. Hesitation Blues (4:09)
Written by: Traditional/Sunjay Edward Brain.
Published by: MCPS/Copyright Control

5. Living With The Blues (4:21)
Written by: Brownie McGhee/Ruth McGhee.
Published by: Screen Gems-Emi Music Ltd.

6. Monday Morning Blues (4.51)
Written by: Mississippi John S Hurt.
Published by: EMI Music Publishing (WP) Ltd.

7. Come Back Baby (3:59)
Written by: Walter Davis.
Published by: Universal/MCA Music Limited

8. Big Fat Woman (3:28)
Written by: Huddie Ledbetter. Published by: DP Account

9. Freight Train (3:00)
Written by: Elizabeth Cotten/Paul James/Frederick Williams.
Published by: Kassner Associated Publishers Limited

10. Dust My Broom (3:47)
Written by: Robert Johnson/Sunjay Edward Brain.
Published by: MCPS/Copyright Control

11. The Easy Blues (3:14)
Written by: Jelly Roll Morton/Sunjay Edward Brain.
Published by: MCPS/Copyright Control  

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Recorded at: Get Real Studios, Bath, UK
Produced by: Sunjay and Josh Clark
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Josh Clark
Artwork: Alicia Raitt www.milkandbone.co.uk
Photography: Jane Jordan www.janejordanphotography.com

LINE-UP

Sunjay – Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Josh Clark – Drums and Bass
Bob Fridzema – Hammond Organ, Piano, Wurlitzer
Josh Jewsbury – Bass
Lee Southall – Harmonica 

ALBUM TRACK BY TRACK

BUILT FOR COMFORT
Originally written by Willie Dixon and first recorded in 1959. Raunchy, powerhouse vocals, driving rhythm and wailing harmonica. A great opener for an album of blues material. There’s an extended music break in the middle where Sunjay’s faultless guitar skills are showcased, followed by a organ/piano, call and answer, interspersed with great bluesy harmonica.

STATESBORO BLUES
Blind Willie McTell recorded Statesboro Blues in 1928. 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’. Sunjay explains that having sung these lines hundreds of times before his mother passed away, singing them after was an extremely emotional experience. “I had to belt it out because I just couldn’t do it gently, the words got stuck”.

KEY TO THE HIGHWAY

A Big Bill Broonzy/Charlie Segar co-write. Segar, a blues pianist recorded it first in 1940. Swinging blues that’ll have you clicking your fingers or clapping your hands. An ‘I’m leaving you and won’t be coming back’ kind of song. Walking bass lines on the guitar with swirling Hammond riffs and more wailing harmonica.

HESITATION BLUES
Ragtime guitar picking at its finest. Gentle drums and bass backing up Sunjay’s vocal and acoustic guitar. A song that explores the trials and tribulations of a man concerned about whether or not to engage with a prostitute. This version is much cleaner than historic versions, which in parts could be extremely vulgar! The song is listed as traditional, though many have claimed they wrote it.

LIVING WITH THE BLUES
Initially this was going to be the lead track on the album. “From my childhood, where I am now, I ain’t gonna worry, I’ll get by somehow”. Words to live by. A mid-tempo song with a laid-back feel, despite the rather heavy subject matter. Living With The Blues was written by Brownie McGhee and his wife, Ruth. First recorded by Brownie in 1959, released as a single and later recorded with musical partner Sonny Terry in 1961.

MONDAY MORNING BLUES
A Mississippi John Hurt tune, first released as a live recording in 1963. The second finger-picking song that Sunjay learned to play at the age of seven! Like Hesitation Blues, there is minimal instrumental backing; the first minute and a half is Sunjay solo before drums and bass come in to support.

COME BACK BABY
Walter Davis wrote this and recorded it in 1940. A slow, heartfelt ballad. Bob (Fridzema) had the idea to play the Wurlitzer and it worked a treat. Sunjay singing in a talking blues style. Gentle and soulful.

BIG FAT WOMAN
Definitely a tongue-in-cheek piece! Josh (Clark) finds a groove that immediately feels cool. Growling vocals, Chicago style harmonica from Lee.  Originally written by ‘Leadbelly’ however Sunjay first heard it sung by Tom Rush.

FREIGHT TRAIN

A gentle ballad and the first finger-picking Blues song Sunjay learned to play on the guitar. “I watched Stefan Grossman’s VHS tapes on how to play Blues guitar on repeat when I was young. My dad loved Freight Train and the whole story surrounding Elizabeth Cotten. I think I took on this keen interest myself – though I can’t play it like she did (left-handed and upside down!)”. Gentle drums and bass accompany Sunjay’s warm vocals and finger-picking guitar.

DUST MY BROOM

A blues classic in every sense of the word. First recorded by Robert Johnson in 1936. Often played with a slide but the only slide here is Sunjay’s finger. He explains, “Recently I was asked what Dust My Broom means by a promoter. He’s been booking me regularly since I started in 2011. Knowing that he has vast musical knowledge, I assumed he was joking and trying to get me to trip up in front of a group of people. Turns out he wasn’t and genuinely didn’t know! Anyway, ‘Dust My Broom means…….”

THE EASY BLUES
Adapted from a Jelly Roll Morton piano piece called Jelly Roll Blues. Recorded live in one take. Shades of Sonny Terry and Brownee McGhee here as Sunjay and Lee jam out blues with a touch of country, this track is the perfect closer of the album but leaves you wanting more. Only three mics used to record this – a lo-fi production which is unlike anything else on the album. Shimmering hammer-ons and pull-offs as Sunjay slips and slides all over the guitar. 

 

BLACK & BLUES REVISITED UK TOUR 2022
TICKETS: WWW.SUNJAY.TV

BEWDLEY, St. Georges Hall (ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW) – Oct 28
SALTBURN, Blues Club – Nov 6
BEDWORTH, Folk Club – Nov 9
KINGSWINFORD, Woodman Folk Club – Nov 11
MALVERN, St. James Church – Nov 12
SEDGEFIELD, Candlelite Live Music – Nov 15
BANBURY, Folk Club – Nov 16
WILLOUGHBY, Village Hall – Nov 19
TWICKENHAM, Folk Club – Nov 20
HAMILTON, Quarter Acoustic – Nov 22
DUNFERMLINE, Folk Club – Nov 23