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Album Review

Harmonica player and vocalist Sugar Blue isn't a singer who doubles on harp; he's an extraordinary instrumentalist who's also a quality vocalist. Blue covers tunes by Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, James Cotton and Sonny Boy Williamson (II) classics, presents a decent, if disposable version of The Rolling Stones' "Miss You," and adds the good-natured original "Country Blues," co-written with his guitarist Motaoaki Makino. But it's those harmonica lines and phrases that make the CD. One of Alligator's best contemporary albums in a long time.

Customer Reviews

Faster harpin' than J.P.

When I first heard this album, I was blown away (no pun). This man can play harp faster than John Popper of The Blues Travelers, which if you don't know...is fast. Great blues tunes even better blues harp.

Back door man

What a great song! It's funny too if you know what he's talkin about! ;) a little place some girls hate! Lol amazing blues harp player and great blues album!

MOUSTRO THE BEST...

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Biography

Born: December 16, 1949 in New York, NY

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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...
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