RAY & THE BLUETONES FEAT.
MONSTER MIKE WELCH (USA)
July 6th, 20.30
"Sugar" Ray Norcia - harp, vocals
Michael "Mudcut" Ward - bass
Neil Gouvin - drums
Anthony Geraci - keyboards
"Monster" Mike Welch - guitar
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..Sugar Ray Norcia
Ray Norcia has been playing music professionally since the early 1970's.
In 1979 he joined forces with then fledgling guitarist Ronnie Earl
and was the featured singer, harmonica player and songwriter on numerous
Ronnie Earl recordings. Together they established the formidable band
Sugar Ray and the Bluetones. In the early days of his career it was
not unusual to find Ray backing up blues greats such as Otis Rush,
Roosevelt Sykes, J.B. Hutto, Joe Turner and perhaps his greatest inspiration
Big Walter Horton. Sugar Ray has consistently held company with world-class
musicians and is known for his sincere, genuine personality and deeply
rooted love of music.
Sugar Ray and the Bluetones were together for over twelve years and
recorded two albums for the Rounder label entitled "Knockout"(1989)
and "Don't Stand in My Way"(1991). The Bluetones were also
recorded live with Big Walter Horton (Little Boy Blue on JSP).
In September of 1991, Sugar Ray joined the world renowned Roomful
of Blues and performed over 200 dates a year worldwide. With Ray as
front man, Roomful was nominated for countless awards and also recorded
four critically acclaimed albums all appearing on the Billboard Blues
Charts. In 1996, Roomful's "Turn It On! Turn It Up!" which
included three of Ray's original compositions was nominated for a
Grammy in the Best Traditional Blues category. During this hectic
schedule Ray managed to cut two great recordings. A solo CD for Rounder
called "Sweet and Swingin'" and a brilliant CD on the Telarc
label entitled "Super Harps" featuring Sugar with James
Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite and Billy Branch. "Super Harps"
earned another a Grammy nomination in the Traditional Blues category.
Sugar has also appeared on CDs by Pinetop Perkins, Ramblin' Dan Stevens
and sax man Doug James.
In 2001 Sugar's career came full circle when he reunited with the
Bluetones (featuring Kid Bangham on guitar) and released "Rockin'
Sugar Daddy" on Severn Records. In 2003 the Bluetones recruited
Monster Mike Welch for a self-titled release on Severn. Finally, in
2005 Ray and company along with the newest Bluetone Paul Size, have
released a stellar CD that Sugar calls his best to date. After one
listen to "Hands Across The Table" it's hard to disagree.
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