"Seeing Is Believing" by Sugar Ray & The Bluetones on iTunes

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Customer Reviews

Sugar Ray & the Bluetones...Seeing is Believing

Steve Douglas,

After winning seven Blues Music Award nominations for their 2014 ‘Living Tear to Tear’ CD release, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones follow up with a genuine and solid blues CD release that brings you back to the time before blues became blues-rock. It’s got that feel, that ambience, that emotion often devoid in many of the so called blues rock releases found elsewhere.

Of the 12 tunes on this disc, 11 are originals plus one instrumental cover of B.B. King’s “You Know I Love You” which rivals B.B.’s own original recording.

The Bluetones, led by Sugar Ray Norcia on vocals and harmonica, are really a ‘super star’ group within themselves featuring Monster Mike Welch on guitar, Anthony Geraci on piano and organ, Michael Muscat Ward doing duty on bass and Neil Gouvin solidly understated on drums.

Sugar Ray reels you back to hollars of the Mississippi Delta with his original tune, ‘Keep on Sailing’ when black workers on the levee’s, prison road gangs and cotton fields could only sing surreptitiously of escaping the denigrating social/racial system prevalent in the South.

There isn’t a song on this fine release that is not true to its roots. A mix of tempos, a mix a topics and a wailing good CD release which wouldn’t surprise me if it matched Sugar Ray & the Bluetones 2014’s 7 nominations.

terrific record


Not as good as seeing this band live, but a terrific CD. Ray Norcia is one of best blues singers today. Mike Welsh's cover of B. B. King's Darling i Love You is worth the price alone. Whoever rated that song does not know great guitar music. This band is tight and plays with lots of energy...just a job well done

About Sugar Ray & The Bluetones

East Coast-based blues band fronted by singer/harmonica man Ray Norcia and featuring guitar work over the years by Ronnie Earl (Roomful of Blues, Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters) and Kid Bangham (the Fabulous Thunderbirds). Blues sensation Monster Mike Welch added his name to the list in 2003 with the release of the Bluetones' fifth studio album. Aside from his stellar harp work, Norcia is an excellent singer, and at his best, brings a touch of country and jazz to the blues. Hands Across the Table was released in 2005 on Severn Records and every couple years, the group released a new record. My Life, My Friends, My Music arrived in 2007, with Evening showing up in 2011, and Seeing Is Believing appearing in 2016. All the while, the band retained its same lineup, playing concerts regularly and moonlighting on albums by other modern blues musicians. ~ All Music Guide

    Orange County, CA

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