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TRACK LISTING
1. Rockin' Sugar Daddy
Norcia, Norcia Publishing/DE Music - BMI

2. I Got Love If You Want It
Moore, Embassy Music Corporation - BMI

3. She's Blued and Broken
M. Ward/Trajet Music - BMI

4. Call Me Lonesome
Norcia, Norcia Publishing/DE Music - BMI

5. Room 531
Bangham/Raineyville Music - BMI

6. The Picture
Norcia, Norcia Publishing/DE Music - BMI

7. It's My Life, Baby
Robey/Washington, Universal Duchess Music Corp - BMI

8. Off The Wall
Jacobs/Regent Music Corporation - BMI

9. Lonesome Cabin
Norcia, Norcia Publishing/DE Music - BMI

10. Warm Hearted Woman
Norcia, Norcia Publishing/DE Music - BMI

11. You Can't Be The One For Me
Copyright Control

12. Low Down Lady
Norcia, Norcia Publishing/DE Music - BMI

13. Walk Hand In Hand
M. Ward/Trajet Music - BMI

 
SUGAR RAY AND THE BLUETONES
ROCKIN' SUGAR DADDY
SEVERN CD 0012
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Rockin' Sugar Daddy finds Sugar Ray & the Bluetones in superb form giving fans exactly what they want hard driving harmonica blues fronted by master harp technician and vocalist Sugar Ray Norcia. The first Bluetones recording in over a decade, Rockin Sugar Daddy aims to please as the opening lyrics of the title track find Sugar Ray promising to "rock all night long". And Ray makes good on his promise in original offerings like "Call Me Lonesome" and "Low Down Lady" in addition to covers like "You Can't Be the One for Me" and Little Walter's "Off the Wall". If there is any doubt about Sugar Ray's abilities on harmonica, check out his scorching rendition of the song made famous by Junior Wells "It's My Life, Baby" backed by the driving rhythm section of bassist Michael "Mudcat" Ward (Eric Clapton, J. Geils) and Neil Gouvin on drums.

The Bluetones explore the darker side of the blues in "Room 531," a song penned by long time Fabulous Thunderbird and original Bluetone, Kid Bangham. Haunting lyrics, Ray's effective use of the chromatic harp and Bangham's tasteful fretwork paint an unmistakable picture of loneliness and loss. Further highlights include "She's Blued and Broken," Mudcat Ward's account of a calculating woman who handily disposes of a string of husbands, and Ray's tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson "Lonesome Cabin;" a stripped down country blues number where Norcia's vocals are prominently featured.

Sugar Ray Norcia began his musical career in the late 70's when he teamed up with the then fledgling guitarist, Ronnie Earl. But it wasn't until the early 90's that Ray came into national prominence when called to front the immensely popular Roomful of Blues. His remarkable tenor vocals backed by the four-piece horn ensemble proved to be the perfect chemistry which garnered the band a Grammy Award nomination in 1996 for Turn It On, Turn It Up. A second nomination for the coveted Grammy was received in 2001 for Ray's contribution on SuperHarps with James Cotton, Billy Branch and Charlie Musselwhite. Despite the accolades and prestige, however, Sugar Ray never abandoned his desire to reassemble the Bluetones and return to his roots harmonica blues.
LINER NOTES:
Special Thanks to: Patty, Jesse, Bonnie, Clay, Ken Graczyk, Elizabeth, Anthony Geraci, Ronnie Earl, Ted Harvey, Ola Dixon, Jimmy "C" Callinane, Donald McIntyre, David Saucier, Tom Connor, Jimmy Rowan, John Haggin, Ken and Joaneen, Richard and Lucy Bangham, Michael Lynch, Joseph Duke, Jocko Wimpheimer, all past, present, and future Bluetones, David Earl and all the great folks at Severn, Day & Night Productions, family, friends, and loyal fans.

MUSICIANS:
Sugar Ray Norcia: Vocals/harmonica
Michael "Mudcat" Ward: Bass
Neil Gouvin: Drums
Kid Bangham: Guitar
CREDITS:
Produced by David Earl and Ray Norcia
Executive Producer: David Earl
Recorded and Mixed by Chris Rival at My Generation Studios, Sommerville, MA
Mastered by Charlie Pilser at Airshow Mastering, Springfield, VA
Photography and Digital Enhancement: Randy Santos
CD Design: Steve Potter