SUGAR BLUE

SUGAR BLUE

 New York City, New York, USA
BandR&BJam

....a harp master with dazzling soulful technique and rich sensual voice, backed up by a power quartet. An eclectic blend of funk, blues & rock exploring music across genres. Sugar Blue tops everything off with his virtuoso, rampaging harp playing and dizzying energy. Harp Extraordinaire!

Biography

SUGAR BLUE - Harp virtuoso
One of the foremost harmonica players of our times, Grammy award-winning Sugar Blue has been called the Jimi Hendrix or the Charlie Parker of the harmonica, both appropriate names for the revolutionary and eclectic harpist.
He grew up listening to jazz - particularly Lester Young and Dexter Gordon - and soon fell in love with Muddy Waters and the blues greats. He has toured and recorded with the Rolling Stones, Willie Dixon, Bob Dylan, Stan Getz, Ray Charles, Frank Zappa, Prince...to name a few...

Lyrics

Bluesman

Written By: Whiting - Lantieri


BLUESMAN
I got things to do and places to go
when I’ll be back I just don’t know
I love my country, my love is strong
But you know damn well that it’s done me wrong

I’m a bluesman, I was born to be
my greatest love is to be free
a bluesman that’s what I am
if you don’t like it I don’t give a damn

From Jamestown to foreign shores
I built your country and I fought your wars
I cam home and my reward
Were chain gangs and the ghetto floor

I am going to tell you, stay out of my way
You just might end up DOA
You talk the talk, but you can’t walk the walk
And I don’t really care to hear you bitch and squawk
I’m a bluesman, I was born to be
my greatest love is to be free
I ain’t gonna let you forget my name
you wanna play but you don’t know my game
mother to father, father to son
the only way that the blueblood runs

I’m a bluesman black flesh and bones
I ain’t no pretender to the throne
rope lash and fire, blood sweat and tears
a legacy of six hundred years

I’m a bluesman, I was born to be
my greatest love is to be free
a bluesman that’s what I am
if you don’t like it I don’t give a damn

NOLA

Written By: Whiting - Lantieri

NOLA
In Louisiana, Mississippi + Alabama
Kathrina wrought more terror than Osama
CNN interviews talking heads
On bourbon street rats eat the dead
Goin’ down hard in the Big Easy

Can’t hear excuses politicians make
Over death cries as the levees break
Now we know what it means to miss New Orleans
the 4 horsemen rule, the mardi gras scene
Goin’ down hard in the Big Easy
In the French quarter the trumpet blows
Is it Gabriel or Ole Satchmo?
Ain’t no saints come marchin’ into the superdome ,
a stadium death now calls his own
Goin’ down hard in the Big Easy

Danny Brumfield and Ronald Madison
innocents killed by NOPD guns
the ninth ward slaughter
drowned in black waters
shattered homes missing mothers, sons and daughters
Goin’ down hard in the Big Easy

In the sweet soul where the blues was born
you can hear taps moan from Louie’s horn
Fats Domino looks down from Blueberry Hill
in the devastation he finds no thrill…
Goin’ down hard in the Big Easy

Let it go

Written By: Whiting - Lantieri

LET IT GO
Let it go let the waters flow,
under the bridge let it pass below
Yesterday has come and gone
tomorrow we cannot count on
today we must work for our needs
for we have hungry mouths to feed
our enemies we must befriend
to bring this madness to an end
Homeless mothers bare and cry
for hungry babies born to die
life is giving birth to death
newborns rattle their last breath

The children are our only hope
but they are walking a tight rope
between our future and our doom
the fruit of every mother’s womb
the killing fields they are so vast
we bury the future in the past
tell me people how much more
must we lose to the plague of war
How is it that we ignore
the murdered children in Darfur
pretending to be civilized
we’re condoning genocide.

Let it go let the waters flow,
I can’t stand no more…
feed the hungry, aid the sick
no more politicians tricks,
global warming ain’t no lie
Mother Earth’s about to die
Let it go let the waters flow…

Discography

Threshold 2010
Code Blue - Beeble 2007
In your Eyes - Alligator 1995
Blue Blazes - Alligator 1994
From Paris to Chicago
Crossroads

Set List

RED HOT MAMA - ONE MORE MILE- BACKDOOR MAN - BLUESMAN - LIP SERVICE AND LIES- KRYISTALLINE - GUCCI GUCCI MAN - NOLA - WALKING ALONE - MESSIN W/KID - PONTIAC BLUES - MISS YOU - BLUESMAN - COTTON TREE