Sugaray was named Soul Blues Male Singer of the Year at the Blues Foundation’s 40th Anniversary Awards. Known as the Godfather of the European blues festivals, his debut show at London Blues Week in January 2019 (awarded a five star review by BOON) was described as a “soul tsunami” by Soul and Blues Magazine. Sugaray Rayford tours non-stop, always promising “it’s not just a concert, it’s a party”.
The Texas-born soul-blues singer wows audiences with an old school vocal style that echoes Muddy Waters, Otis Redding, and Teddy Pendergrass. At 6’5” and 300 pounds, the cigar chompin’ ex-Marine has a voice like a force of nature, stellar dance moves reminiscent of the legendary James Brown, a six-piece band of world-class musicians, and effortless charm.
Sugaray Rayford is a must-experience in concert, and must-hear on his latest release, Somebody Save Me, released earlier in 2019. The tracks slide gracefully between the new blues of Gary Clarke Jr. and Fantastic Negrito and the vintage Daptones soul of the late Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones, delivering a fresh take to classic sounds.
Sugaray is one hard-working bluesman. He’s doing seven UK gigs in seven days. Tour dates are as follows:
8th November – Blue Funk – Poynton
9th November – Tenby Blues Fest – Tenby
10th November – Bude Blues Festival – Bude
11th November – 100 Club – London
12th November – The Cluny – Newcastle Upon Tyne
13th November – Town Hall – Selby
14th November – The Flowerpot – Derby