Sunny War / Press

"...her right thumb plunks the bass part while her forefinger upstrokes notes and chords, leaving the other three fingers unused. A banjo technique, it's also used by acoustic blues guitarists. Her fingers are long and strong - Robert Johnson hands - in jarring contrast to the waif they're attached to. The walking bass line sounds like a hammer striking piano keys in perfect meter, while the fills are dynamic flurries - like cluster bombs. I haven't heard a young guitarist this dexterous and ass-kicking in eons." "...There’s that voice. While clearly the product of a very young woman, War has the sob and throb of Billie Holiday — if Lady Day had emerged in Mississippi and not Harlem during the Depression. As if Bukka White, not Lester Young, were her mentor. Like Billie, War undersings. She doesn’t push the notes — the notes push her. “Her voice is like an open wound,” observes Moira Smiley of vocal group VOCO, “as if she has a physical need to sing...”