Edinburgh Blues Club is bringing two of the most respected, genuine and prominent US Blues-men to Edinburgh in January.
In an incredible start to their 2019 schedule, the club has pulled off quite a coup in bringing the mighty Sugaray Rayford and Rick Estrin & The Nightcats to the capital on 15th and 23rd January respectively.
Sugaray Rayford – 15th January 2019 – The Voodoo Rooms
Sugaray Rayford is an American electric blues singer and songwriter. He has released four albums to date and in 2018 was nominated for four awards at the 39th annual Blues Music Awards. The four nominations were for;
Soul Blues Album – The World That We Live In
Soul Blues Male Artist
Intsrumentalist – Vocals
B.B King Entertainer of the Year
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; he is a superb vocalist and entertainer. His dynamic voice is large just like the man himself. With his old school vocal style , echoes of Muddy Waters, Otis Redding and Teddy Pendergrass can be heard. At 6’5” he is a big man, but he moves with grace and energy.
Sugaray has fronted his own band since 2010. This band is made up of world-class musicians who tour extensively internationally.
Seldom in modern blues do you find a specialist vocalist who can command an entire venue purely with his vocal chords. This is a chance to witness one of the finest singers and performers in modern blues.
Tickets are available here
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – 23rd January 2019 – Stramash
Wildly fun, musically fearless and bursting with bravado, 2018’s Blues Music Award winning Band of The Year Rick Estrin & The Nightcats have created one of the blues’ most instantly recognisable sounds and no-holds barred styles. Featuring the world class talents of harmonica master, songwriter and vocalist Rick Estrin, guitar ‘wunderkid’ Chris ‘Kid’ Andersen, keyboard wizard Lorenzo Farrell and dynamic drummer Alex Pettersen, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats serve up sharp and incisive original blues and gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll. With his wily and unforgettable original songs and his hipster, streetsmart vocals, no one on the blues scene writes or sings like Rick Estrin. No one looks like him either, as Estrin is always dressed to the nines, sporting his trademark pencil line mustache and pompadour haircut.
‘Downbeat’ says; ‘Rick Estrin sings and writes songs like the briughtest wiseguy in all of bluesland and blows harmonica as if he learned at the knee of Little Walter. Live, the band is simply unbeatable. They deliver a high-energy show capable of bringing any audience to its feet’
According to Living Blues Magazine, they play ‘captivating, powerful blues and roots rock with a wickedly cool and otherworldly twist on tradition…intelligently conceived and executed…hugely entertaining.’
Tickets available here