February 19, 2020

Sugar Blue: Colors

Changes are that harmonica master Sugar Blue will be forever associated with the riff that he played on the Rolling Stones' Miss You in 1978. He was invited back to help out on their Emotional Rescue and Tattoo You. Blue, born James Whiting, was also a sideman for Willy Dixon and Frank Zappa. As a solo artist he rose the fame in the early Eighties and with a few decades as a performer and recording artist he knows the blues inside out. His latest album is names Colors, an apt title for the optimism that flows through the songs.

He looks back on his life, with a sense of humour (Dirty Ole Man and Downhill) and pulls off a festive cover of The Beatles' Day Tripper. Having fun is key on this album, while he wails away on his harp and sings his heart out, with his kick-ass band tearing it up. Colors is a slice of classic Chicago electric blues and most of it was recorded in the Rax Trax studio. As a dare try to find out where which songs were laid down in Shanghai (that one is easy in fact), Milan and Johannesburg. Blues is an universal language, resonating all over the globe and not giving a shit about borders.

Colors is a self-released album. Buy it from his website.

  1. And The Devil Too
  2. Bass Reeves
  3. We'll Be All Right
  4. Day Tripper
  5. Good Old Days
  6. Dirty Ole Man
  7. Man Like Me
  8. Shanghai Sunset
  9. Downhill
  10. Bonnie and Clyde
  11. Keep On

» sugar-blue.com

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