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Sugar Blue

One of the foremost electric blues harpists of the modern era, Sugar Blue was born James Whiting in New York City in 1950. The son of a singer/dancer who regularly performed at the legendary Apollo Theater, he was given his first harmonica at the age of ten, and by his mid-teens had already performed in the company of Muddy Waters; in the early '70s he made his first recordings, sitting in on sessions by the likes of Johnny Shines and Louisiana Red. Sugar Blue relocated to Paris in 1976, where he was introduced to the Rolling Stones; he went on to play on the group's LPs Some Girls, Emotional Rescue, and Tattoo You, lending his skills to such hits as "Miss You." He also played on jazz dates for Stan Getz and Paul Horn, and in 1979 cut the solo efforts Crossroads (1979) and From Paris to Chicago (1982). In 1985, Blue won a Grammy Award for his participation on the Atlantic compilation Blues Explosion. Upon returning to the U.S. in the mid-'80s, Sugar Blue settled in Chicago, and after signing to Alligator, he cut Blue Blazes in 1994, followed a year later by In Your Eyes. Over the coming years he continued to perform and tour, though it would be 12 years before his next album, 2007's Code Blue, was released. Threshold appeared in 2010 followed two years later by the live album Raw Sugar. 2016 would prove to be a banner year for the veteran bluesman, with the release of a new studio album called Voyage, a world tour, and an appearance in the documentary film Sidemen, A Long Road to Glory. ~ Jason Ankeny & Timothy Monger
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Track List: Code Blue

1. Krystalline

2. Chicago Blues

3. Bluesman

4. Walking Alone

5. Cold Blooded Man

6. Nola

7. Bad Boys Heaven

8. Let It Go

9. Shed No Tears

10. I Don't Know Why

11. High You Can't Buy

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Track List: In Your Eyes

1. Gucci Gucci Man

2. Bottom Line

3. In Your Eyes

4. She

5. Blue Pine

6. Lip Service And Lies

7. Whirlwind

8. Listen Baby

9. Love's Sweet Secrets

10. Little Red Rooster

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Track List: Blue Blazes

1. I Ain't Got You

2. Help Me

3. Miss You

4. I Just Got To Know

5. One More Mile To Go

6. That's All Right

7. Country Blues

8. Back Door Man

9. Just To Be With You

10. Out Till Dawn

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Track List: Voyage

1. On My Way

2. One

3. Sugar Blue Boogie

4. New York City

5. 12 Steps

6. Love Is Everywhere

7. Mercedes Blues

8. Sunshine

9. Cyber Blues

10. Mary Ann

11. Life Is On The Run

12. Time

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tonydale48
Dam
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Played Bean Bloosom blues festival was truly awesome



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linelevel.fo x
It's awesome to see the chemistry amongst the band live. The bassist (Sugar's wife) is as fun to watch and listen to as he is...definit e l y worth checking out while in Chicago.
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williamcaubl e
hey Chris Collins... was he using a Roland Jazz Chorus amp, or maybe a rack mount version?
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I had the privilege to see him 5 times in last week,aboard Norwegian cruise he headlined at the Grammy exp.a small venue maybe 100 people c great acoustics by design.the man jams the mouth harp great back up band! I talked to the man & band After gig was over.5times. I ' m pissed pandora did not play him on any of my blues radio,statio n s


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he is awesome
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donkincaid0
Saw him at Chicago's Kingston Mines in April. Still smiling!
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Mean harp playin love it.
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so awesome
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daneramsour
No doubt, layin' that harp on down. Slick. Real slick.
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williamcaubl e
if I ever said anything less than Great about Sugar Blue, I take it back!
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Gotta add my zest for this guy. He's the core of a great pandora channel!
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Does anyone know if this cat ever comes out west? Smokin harp and I have to get the new live CD just released!!
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renehaeckel
A friend of mine has played with him in Chicago. So good!!
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ethom90148
Best blues harpist I have EVER heard! I first heard him at Kingston Mines in Chicago. I've been a fan ever since. I can't wait to hear him live again
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jmc350nc
Saw him at Rosa's in Chicago do a walk-on with the Back Street Blues Band, and he was great.
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Hey why don't you folks come to the North Atlantic Blues festival July 16 & 17th!!! It is the BEST show on the Eastern Seaboard. The Brooks Family, Lonnie, Ronnie, and Wayne are headlining Sat. and Robert Cray on Sunday. And On Sat night they close main Street for an all night blow out of music both indors and out!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! DON"T MISS IT
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Chicago Blues ! I mean Da' Blues !
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susyreiter
saw Sugar Blue in Kansas City a few years ago, wow, knocked me out.He came to the South Fl.blues fest in Feb 2010 and put on a show that was wonderful.He y , why dont all of you guys come to south Fl. for the Blues Fest feb 11, 12 ,13th. It's a lot of fun, great music. Susy Q from south Florida
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wilsonsinhar m o n y
How the hell have I never heard about this dude?
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gfriedman0
amazing....t h i s is what it is all about
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Damn, this guy can blast it.

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