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Sugar Brown's Sad Day

by Sugar Brown

Vintage, traditionalist, and original blues in the style of Chicago's Chess studio recordings.
Genre: Blues: Chicago Style
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pickin' the Blues (Fishman's Blues)
3:12 $0.99
2. Before the Law (feat. Bharath Rajakumar & Ben Caissie)
3:48 $0.99
3. Sad Day (feat. Bharath Rajakumar & Ben Caissie)
4:11 $0.99
4. Grim Reaper
3:05 $0.99
5. Act Like You Love Me
4:42 $0.99
6. Volcano Woman
5:01 $0.99
7. Stockyard Blues
1:35 $0.99
8. 2 O'clock
2:29 $0.99
9. Hook-a-Boogie
4:12 $0.99
10. Run, Run, Run
5:55 $0.99
11. John Henry
4:28 $0.99
12. What Are We Gonna Do
3:55 $0.99
13. Rollin' and Tumblin'
4:36 $0.99
14. It Hurts Me Too
4:01 $0.99
15. Boogie for Fuji
7:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
Sugar Brown is a rare multi-instrumentalist musician on today’s blues scene. As a singer, his voice flows from low, dark whispers to jumping banter, from sweet crooning to broken wails and howls, all the while singing catchy songs about everyday life in its sad and beautiful twists of fate. As a guitarist, Sugar Brown’s playing is sweet, dirty, raw, refined, wild, and above all, grooving on the bass strings. It’s a mixture of 1950s Texas country rawness , early electric Chicago blues , and finally—like many contemporary indie-rock bands paying homage to the blues—Sugar Brown loves and has learned the hill country music of northern Mississippi greats. His harmonica influences come from Chicago’s tradition of amplified harmonica players such as Little Walter. Haunting, bopping, and wailing, Sugar Brown’s harmonica playing is an extension of his unforgettable voice. Finally, in the past two years, Sugar Brown has also returned to his childhood instrument— the piano—and is tickling the ivory more and more on gigs and in the style of Big Maceo and Otis Spann.

Several of the songs on Sugar Brown’s Sad Day were written in the wake of the death of Brown’s father, Fujiya Kawashima, are deeply personal and moving, including “Sad Day”, “Grim Reaper” and "Two o'clock". Even with the old-school approach to the songs and the recordings, Brown was able to include a brilliant rendition of "Run, Run, Run” by the Velvet Underground and references to Shakespeare's Hamlet, further showcasing his depth as an artist and scholar.

Sugar Brown’s Sad Day is blues that will make you remember the blues for the first time.



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