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Sugar Brown’s Sad Day is beautiful old school blues

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The latest CD from Toronto based, Ohio born Japanese Canadian bluesman  Ken Chester Kawashima aka Sugar Brown ’s  new CD which features  Bharath Rajakumar and Ben Caissie, sounds like it comes right out of the ’40s and ’50s alongside cats like early Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.Click here to hear Sugar Brown


 The first track “Fisherman‘s Blues aka Pickin’ the Blues” is a capable  Elmore James cover that sounds like  Howlin’ Wolf could have recorded it.


He definitely wears his influences on his sleeve from the Bo Diddley style ‘ Before the Law’ to  ‘Hook-a-Boogie’ which closely apes the guitar and voice of John Lee Hooker.
 He has a lot of old rock and roll influence as well on ‘Boogie for Fiji’ which shows off  the Bharath Rajakumar’s fine  harp playing.


 For something different he reexamines  the Velvet Underground’s  old song “Run, Run, Run.”
 There are a lot of highlights on the Cd including ‘Grim Reaper.”
 His high voice belies original bluesman like J.B.  Lenoir on tracks like ‘Volcano Woman.’
 This is an excellent  CD for people who love traditional delta blues and that vintage Sun Studios, ’50 style sound.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

CD: Sugar Brown’s Sad Day
Artist: Sugar Brown with  Bharath Rajakumar and Ben Caissie
Genre: blues
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