August 5, 2014

Sugar Ray Rayford - WBF July 5 2014

Sugar Ray Rayford on the Waterfront Blues Festival also from July 5, shared by The Rippin' Frog.

Sugar Ray Rayford
Waterfront Blues Festival
Portland, OR.
July 5, 2014

Another year of WBF recordings. Recorded from KBOO FM in Portland, OR. A great lineup again this year. I was looking forward to Greg Allman's set, but he had to pull out due to sickness. Oh well, I wouldn't have been able to share him here anyway. Seems to be much more DJ talking this year, interrupting some music. I just left it in rather than trying to edit each show. Feel free to make any changes you wish for personal use.
I may need help with some of the set list's as I don't know all the bands.
Enjoy, twofthrs
FM> H2 Zoom in wave format> Flac w/TLH> torrent (SBE's checked)
Texas born Caron “Sugaray” Rayford began his musical career at the age of seven singing and playing drums in church; that gospel influence is still heard and felt in his music today. Rayford's phrasing  is intimate and conversational with a bit of soulful gravel that hints at first hand experience with hardship. As a boy growing up in Texas, he played a sad game he played with his brothers – a competition that determined who was skinniest by counting the number of belt holes left unused. His mother struggled to raise three boys alone while battling cancer.
"She suffered and we suffered," Rayford says. After his mother's death, the children moved in with their grandmother. “Our lives were a lot better. We ate every day and we were in church every day, which I loved. I grew up in gospel and soul.”

When Sugaray belts out a song, you not only hear it, you feel it. The excitement in the room is palpable when he takes the stage. A superb vocalist and entertainer, his dynamic voice is large, just like the man. At 6’5” he is a big man who moves with almost magical grace and never seems to run out of energy. Ever.
Soon after he was discovered fronting a Los Angeles blues jam in 2011, Sugaray became one of the lead vocalists for the Mannish Boys, and appeared with the all-star group that year at Waterfront. He sang lead vocals on nine songs on Double Dynamite, the Mannish Boys CD that won Best Traditional Blues Album at the 2013 Blues Music Awards. Sugaray’s  first solo CD "Blind Alley" was a self-release in 2010, which garnered critical acclaim. His second solo CD "Dangerous," released last fall, debuted at # 2 on Blues Debut Chart, #6 on the Roots Music Chart and is currently #2 on The Living Blues Chart. In May 2012 Rayford made his stage debut starring in the Tony Award-winning play, “Ain’t Nuthin’ But The Blues”  at Portland Center Stage. He joined members of the New York Broadway cast playing the part previously played by the late Ron  Taylor. It had a 6-week run where every show ended with a standing ovation.Sugaray returns to Portland fronting his own, Los Angeles-based band, a world-class ensemble that includes Geno Matteo on
guitar, an acclaimed front man in his own right.

Set List
01 Cold Sweat
02 Blind Alley
03 Stuck for a Buck
04 Born Under A Bad Sign
05 I Need A Little More Time
06 Drivin' Wheel
07 If You Talk In Your Sleep

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