written and recorded on four continents: it reflects the constant research of
sounds and emotions that drives Sugar Blue’s creative force. The songs are
diverse in the concepts and eclectic in the delivery. The opening track is a
tribute to Bo Diddley co-written with Nick Tremulis (Rick Danko/The Band).
Guitar work by the usual suspect: Rico McFarland (James, Cotton, Lucky
Peterson, Albert King, Tyrone Davis), a long-standing member of the Sugar Blue
Band and instrumental in the funk and soul sounds throughout the album.
Tripper” (The Beatles) delivered Chicago-style, with an arrangement inspired by
the late great harmonica Maestro Junior Wells.
Ole Man” is a classic blues and a rebuttal of toxic masculinity. Drummers Brady
Williams and Yan Boodhoo provide the rhythm foundation with bassists Ilaria
Lantieri (co-writer and arranger on some of the tunes) and Maestro Johnny B.
Gayden, a legendary member of the Albert Collins band and historical session
Reeves” is the tale of the Lone Ranger from the famed TV show… a liberated
slave turned U.S. Marshall.
maestro Max De Bernardi provides the fine guitar work on “Good Ole Days,” New
Orleans’ own Washboard Chaz is in charge of the rhythm. A song of hope, “We Will
Be Alright,” features Afrika Riz, a young choir from Soweto, South Africa.
Damiano Della Torre (Pavarotti, Miriam Makeba, Tom Jones) is in charge of piano
and organs. “Shanghai Sunset” is a soulful ode to a vibrant metropolis and
features the ‘Sheng’ …an ancient Chinese reed instrument from which the
foremost harmonica blower of our time” – Rolling Stone