Sugar Blue has certainly pushed the boundaries of the harmonica, with his rapid fire licks, lots of high end runs and gorgeous tone. It was perhaps his early jazz influences that shaped his distinctive sound, although there is no doubt that he has paid homage to the harmonica greats, spending time with some of the classic players.
As well as numerous solo albums, Sugar has recorded with many illustrious names, including the Rolling Stones, Willie Dixon and Frank Zappa, to name but a few.
He has two Grammy awards and has recently released his new album, Colors.
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Sugar Blue's website:
Pontiac from Crossroads album:
From Paris to Chicago album:
With Louisiana Red:
Willie Dixon Hidden Charms album: Blues You Can’t Lose
Sugar Blue Unplugged:
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