Nuthin' I Wouldn’t Do (For a Woman Like You) written by Al Kooper
Sugaray: Vocals/ Chuck Kavooras: Guitar/ Jimmy Z: Harmonica & Sax/ John “JT” Thomas: Keyboards/ Alvino Bennett: Drums/ Hank Van Sickle: Bass
I am honored that Mr. Al Kooper allowed me to record 2 of his songs for this project. Meeting & playing with him 2 years ago was a phenomenal experience and one I will always remember. We share a love of gospel music, which has had a strong influence in both our lives. Jimmy Z, no one can make a harp as melodic as you can.
Dark was the Night, Cold Was the Ground written by Blind Willie Johnson
Chuck Kavooras: Slide Guitar/ Sugaray: Vocals
This is the perfect into to Death Letter. It is a gospel-blues song written and performed by Blind Willie Johnson and recorded probably in 1927. It has the distinction of being one of 27 samples of music included on the Voyager Golden Record, launched into space in 1977 to represent the diversity of life on Earth. "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" was chosen as the human expression of loneliness.
Death Letter written by Son House
Sugaray: Vocals/ Chuck Kavooras: Guitar/ Tim Bogert: Bass/ Bryan Head: Drums
One of my all time favorite songs by one of my favorite blues artist, Son House. This song is dedicated to my momma, Billie Joyce Rayford, who died in 1984. Chuck Kavooras is known as the Slide God for a reason, his playing will bring tears to your eyes. Grammy award winning Tim Bogert of Vanilla Fudge on this haunting Son House cover, with Bryan Head (Foreigner) on the drums they make a dynamic duo.
Blind Alley written by Ralph Carter and Caron “Sugaray” Rayford
Sugaray: Vocals/ Gary Mallaber: Drums/ Chuck Kavooras: Guitar/ Ralph Carter: Bass/ Phil Parlapiano: Keyboard/ Allan Walker: Sax/ Gary Bivona: Trumpet/ Alicia Morgan & Francesca Capasso: Back Up Vocals
Ralph and I worked on this song over a period of several months. What a great time we had writing about that voodoo woman and smoking some good cigars. I’m ready for round 2 Ralph. Allan Walker arranged the horns and what an awesome job he did. Phil your piano on this tune is beautiful.
You Upset Me written by B.B. King
Sugaray: Vocals/ Chuck Kavooras: Guitar/ Lou Castro: Bass/ Bryan Head: Drums Jeff Paris: Keyboard
Slow and funky Albert King style. Jeff Paris, thank you for the funky keys.
I Let love Slip Thru My Fingers written by Al Kooper
Sugaray: Vocals/ Chuck Kavooras: Guitar/ Jimmy Z: Sax/ John “JT” Thomas: Keyboards/ Alvino Bennett: Drums/ Hank Van Sickle: Bass
What a beautiful song. Getting the vocals down on this one was a bit of a challenge since it is a crooner type ballad. Al Kooper writes amazing songs, thanks again Al. Jimmy Z your playing is unbelievable, thank you. Alvino, or sexy chocolate as I like to call him, you are the greatest. JT, outstanding, as always. Hank, you are a phenomenal player, thank you.
You Can’t Win For Losing written by Arthur Adams
Sugaray: Vocals/ Chuck Kavooras: Rhyhm Guitar / Jim King: Lead Guitar / Lou Castro:Bass / Teddy Andreadis: Keyboards/ Lavell Jones: Drums/ Alicia Morgan & Francesca Capasso: Back Up Vocals
Arthur, my brother, thanks for song, love those lyrics. Lou & Lavell thank you for the rhythm. Teddy, you are da’ man, I appreciate everything brother. Francesca & Alicia, you guys sound amazing, love you both! Jimmy, thanks for making the trek to LA to help me out.
I’ve Got to Move
Sugaray: Vocals/ Teddy Andreadis: Organ/ Lisa D. Foreman Back Up Vocals
A little bit of my childhood is reflected in this old gospel interlude. Thanks Teddy & Lisa for helping me take it to church.
I Sing the Blues written by Sugaray & Chuck Kavooras
Sugaray: Vocals/ Gary Mallaber: Drums/ Chuck Kavooras: Guitar/ Ralph Carter: Bass/ Phil Parlapiano: Keyboard/ Allan Walker: Sax/ Gary Bivona: Trumpet
Legendary Gary Mallaber, what can I say, you lay down the groove like no one else, I’m honored. Ralph, it is such a pleasure working with you.
Overnight Sensation written by Joe Gorfinkle
Sugaray: Vocals/ Chuck Kavooras: Guitar/ Vince Tividad: Bass/ Drums: Patrick Caccia / Clarinet: Geoff Nudell
Joe, you wrote a heck of a song and I hope you enjoy what we did with it. We enjoyed laying it down. Vince’s stand up bass is amazing, with Patrick on the drums. The icing on the cake is the clarinet by Geoff Nudell. Everybody let’s swing!
Thank You from the bottom of my heart, to everyone of these world class musicians who performed on my album. I am so honored for your participation in this project. No words can ever express my gratitude. To my good friend Chuck Kavooras, none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you for helping to make my professional dreams come true.
Recorded at SlideAway Studio
Produced & Engineered by Chuck Kavooras
Photos by Suzan Jones
Graphics by Pam Rayford
Mastered by Boris Menart at EDIT 1 Mastering