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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 1970s 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 effort Crossroads. Upon returning to the U.S. in the mid-1980s, Sugar Blue settled in Chicago; after signing to Alligator, he cut Blue Blazes in 1994, followed a year later by In Your Eyes. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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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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