June/July gigs!

This is me in EuropeYeesh. It’s been a while since I’ve updated. As always, you can check out the full schedule at the Upcoming Shows link above.

June 13 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Taste of Mystic, Mystic, CT (7:30 pm)

June 20 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Black Eyed And Blues Fest, Bushnell Park, Hartford, CT

June 30 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Neue Welt, Ingolstadt, Germany

July 4 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Vache de Blues Festival, Audun Le Tiche, France

July 7 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Boom! Celle Blues Festival, Savona, Italy

July 12 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Narragansett Cafe, Jamestown, RI

July 15 – w/The Duke Robillard Band, Blues on the Beach, Westerly, RI

July 16 – w/The Duke Robillard Band, Rhode Island Historic Society, Providence, RI

July 17 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Chan’s Eggroll and Jazz, Woonsocket, RI

July 18 – w/the Duke Robillard Band, the Big Yellow Barn, Clarence, NY

July 20 – w/The Duke Robillard Band, Stockroom Blue Monday, Mystic, CT

July 23 – w/Anthony Geraci, Michael “Mudcat” Ward and Marty Richards, Venus II, Marshfield, MA

July 24 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Ruthie’s BBQ, Montclair, NJ

July 25 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Pennsylvania Blues Festival, Blue Mountain Ski Area, Palmerton, PA

July 28 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Watch Hill Concert Series, Providence, RI

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March gigs!

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March 6 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, The Whitetail Pub and Grill, Westville, Nova Scotia, Canada (Pictou County Blues Society) http://pictoucountyblues.com

March 7 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, George’s Roadhouse, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada (Tantramarsh Blues Society) http://www.tbsblues.com

March 8 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Bearly’s House of Blues, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

March 12 – w/Anthony Geraci, Michael “Mudcat” Ward, and Marty Richards, Venus II, Marshfield, MA

March 20 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Chan’s Eggrolls and Jazz, Woonsocket, RI http://www.chanseggrollsandjazz.com

March 21 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Zorba Music Hall, Lowell, MA

March 22 – Sunday Funday with Chris Fitz, Brodie’s Seaport Cafe, Salem, MA (4:30)

March 25 – w/The Vintage Rhythm and Blues Ensemble, Stadium Pub, Cranston, RI

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January/February gigs

For the rest of the gigs, see Upcoming Shows above. Or click here: Upcoming Shows

January

January 30 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, The Knickerbocker Cafe, Westerly, RI www.theknickerbockercafe.com

January 31 – w/Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, Ryles Jazz Club, Cambridge, MA http://www.rylesjazz.com

February

February 1 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Narragansett Cafe, Jamestown, RI (1-4 pm) www.narragansettcafe.com

February 5 – w/Anthony Geraci, Michael “Mudcat” Ward, and Marty Richards, Venus II, Marshfield, MA

February 13 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, The Spire Center For the Performing Arts, Plymouth, MA www.spirecenter.org

February 25 – Blues Jam with the Double D’s, The Tavern From Tower Square, Plainville, MA

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September/October gigs (still being added to…) plus Tear to Tear links!

First, the big news – Sugar Ray and the Bluetones’ Living Tear to Tear is out now! Buy it from our friends at Bluebeat Music or from iTunes! As always, you can find the complete list of upcoming shows at the Upcoming Shows tab above.

September

September 5 – w/Darrell Nulisch, Regattabar, Cambridge,MA

September 6 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Chan’s, Woonsocket, RI

September 7 – w/Brian Templeton, Heatherfest, Norton, MA

September 18 – w/Anthony Geraci, Michael “Mudcat” Ward, and Chris Anzalone, Venus II, Marshfield, MA

September 20 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, South Shore Conservatory, Hingham, MA

September 26 – Monster Mike Welch and Karl Davis, Feuchy Blues Fest, Arras, France

September 27/28 – Monster Mike Welch and Karl Davis, Volcanic Blues Fest, Mont Dore, France

October 

October 1 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Zap’ing, Grande Synthe, France

October 2 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Jazz En Nord, Marcq en Baroeul, France

October 3 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, La Feclaz, France

October 24 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Johnny D’s, Somerville, MA (7:30 PM)

October 30 – w/Anthony Geraci, Michael “Mudcat” Ward, and Marty Richards, Venus II, Marshfield, MA

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Guitarworld.com: Sugar Ray and The Bluetones Premiere New Song, “Hungry But Happy” — Exclusive

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Click here for streaming preview on GuitarWorld.com

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of “Hungry But Happy,” a new song by Sugar Ray and The Bluetones.

The track is from the band’s new album, Living Tear to Tear, which will be released August 19 through Severn Records.

Sugar Ray and The Bluetones — a storied blues ensemble that has backed Otis Rush, Jimmy Rogers, Joe Turner, Roosevelt Sykes, Big Walter Horton, Big Mama Thornton and JB Hutto — are marking their 35th anniversary with this new album.

The hard-swinging band fully absorbed the lessons learned from Chicago blues masters, making them one of New England’s most beloved blues institutions. The Boston Phoenix called the band’s frontman “a fixture on the national blues scene. [Sugar Ray] Norcia’s elegant, emotive voice is his calling card [alongside his] rich, melodic harmonica blowing.”

Besides Norcia, the band features Monster Mike Welch on guitar, bassist Mudcat Ward and pianist Anthony Geraci.

“‘Hungry But Happy’ features my Gretsch G5420T, Barber B-Custom Cool Overdrive, Strymon Flint Reverb, Strymon El Capistan Delay and a modified Fender Pro Junior amp,” says Monster Mike Welch. For more about Welch’s gear, head here.

Sugar Ray and The Bluetones have an incredible history, from early tours with Big Walter Horton; collaborations with Ronnie Earl; backing legendary artists in Cambridge and on tour; being invited for a residency at Chicago’s legendary South Side juke joint Theresa’s, musical home of Junior Wells (though they had to decline due to other commitments) and earning five Blues Music Awards nominations for their last album, Evening, including Band of the Year and Album of the Year.

For more about the band, follow them on Facebook. To pre-order Living Tear to Tear, visit Amazon.com.

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OUT TODAY: New Mannish Boys CD! (Also, some summer tour dates…)

MannishBoys_1500x1500Today marks the release of the Mannish Boys’ Wrapped Up and Ready on the Delta Groove label! (Listen to samples and order here, or maybe at iTunes) I was honored when Randy Chortkoff asked me to participate – I’ve been a fan of everyone involved for years – and I ended up playing on eight of the sixteen songs and contributing two originals. Along with the core team of Jimi Bott on drums, Willie J. Campbell on bass, Kirk Fletcher and Franck Goldwasser on guitars, Randy Chortkoff on harp, and the mighty Sugaray Rayford on vocals, the special guests include Candye Kane and Trenda Fox on vocals, Fred Kaplan and Rich Wenzel on piano, Ron Dziubla on saxes, longtime personal heroes Kid Ramos and Steve Freund along with new heroes Laura Chavez and Nico Duportal on guitar, and harp players Bob Corritore, Jacob Huffman, and in a personal bucket list moment for me, I got to play on three songs with Kim Wilson. (That sound you just heard was me getting in the DeLorean to go high-five 13-year old Mike Welch. Seriously, if you had said to me, “this whole prodigy thing you’re going through won’t make you a big star, but you’ll be in Sugar Ray and the Bluetones and make records with people like Kim Wilson,” I’d have been overjoyed. I’ve had insane luck backing up harp players, and I’m thankful for every minute.)At the end of these credits, Samuel L. Jackson shows up and invites you to join the Mannish Boys Initiative.

Seriously, listen and order at Delta Groove Productions or at iTunes.  I think you’ll be happy you did. (And if you get it on iTunes and want to know who played on what, I included the credits. Click the picture to make it readably big.)

 

ALSO…

Here’s some tour dates with the Bluetones, the Mannish Boys and more! As always, the complete schedule is on the Upcoming Shows page, and everything’s subject to change.

June 21 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Joe’s Jazz and Blues Fest, Powderhouse Park, Somerville, MA

June 22 – w/Danny and Douglas Banks, Blues Brunch at the British Beer Company, Framingham, MA

June 27 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham, MA

June 28 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Mystic Blues Festival, Mystic, CT

July

July 5 – w/David Maxwell featuring Darrell Nulisch, Marblehead Festival of Arts, Marblehead, MA

July 7 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Stockroom Blue Monday, Mystic, CT

July 11 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Peter’s Players, Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada

July 12 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Ottawa Blues Fest, Ottawa, Canada

July 13 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Beaches International Jazz Festival, Toronto, Canada

July 15 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, B.B.’s Blues, Jazz and Soups, St. Louis, MO

July 16 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Pearson Lakes Arts Center, Okoboji, IA

July 17 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Blues In Central Park, Decatur, IL

July 18 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Chicago, IL

July 19 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Thunderbird Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA

July 26 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Soundwaves Cruise, Boston Harbor, Boston, MA

July 30 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Blues On The Beach, Westerly, RI

August

August 1-2 – w/The Mannish Boys, Calgary International Blues Fest, Calgary, Canada

August 9 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Gloucester Blues Festival, Gloucester, MA

August 14-18 – w/The Mannish Boys and more, Blues Now! Festival, Basel, Switzerland

August 24 – w/Sugaray Rayford, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Marshfield Fair, Marshfield, MA

August 27 – w/David Maxwell, MFA Courtyard Concert Series, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

 

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February/March/April gigs!

217SRI’ve been remiss in updating this site for a little while because TOO MUCH HAS BEEN GOING ON, which is a first class problem to have and I should just shut up and update which is what I’m doing now. I hope to see all of my European friends out there for the Sugar Ray and the Bluetones tour and the two special French dates with Curtis Salgado! As always, the complete list can be accessed with the Upcoming Shows link above.

February 21 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival, Lancaster, PA

February 22 – Rosedale American Legion Hall, Rosedale, MD

March 1 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Chan’s Eggroll and Jazz, Woonsocket, RI

March 6 – w/Anthony Geraci, Michael “Mudcat” Ward and Marty Richards, Turner’s Yard, Pembroke, MA

March 13 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Muziek O Droom, Hasselt, BE

March 14 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Le Bikini, Toulouse, FR

March 20 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, CC de Steiger, Menen, BE

March 21 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Arvern Blues, Clermont-Ferrand, FR

March 22 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, La Nuit Du Blues, Talant, FR

March 23 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Muhle Hunziken, Bern, Switzerland

March 27 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Blueskartellet, Horsens, DK

March 28 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, MOJO, Copenhagen, DK

March 29 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Crossroads Bluesföreningen, Vejle, DK

March 30 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, De Gouden Leeuw, Dongen, NL

April 4 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, CC de Palethe, Overpelt, BE

April 5 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Bluesphere, Liege, BE

April 11 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Hanafin’s, New London, CT

April 18 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Johnny D’s Uptown, Somerville, MA

April 22 – MONSTER MIKE WELCH and CURTIS SALGADO, Tavastia Club, Helsinki, Finland

April 24 – MONSTER MIKE WELCH and CURTIS SALGADO, Jazz Club Lionel Hampton, l’Hotel Meridien Etoile, Paris, FR

April 26 – MONSTER MIKE WELCH and CURTIS SALGADO, Bain de Blues Festival, Bretagne, FR

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