Singer and harp man Sugar Ray Norcia’s career kicked into high gear in 1979 when he formed the original band with guitar-giant Ronnie Earl and they’ve been cruising at 90 m.p.h. ever since. Touring the world with the Bluetones, he’s creating acclaimed albums including his forth Severn release My Life, My Friends, My Music which earned Blues Music Award nominations for Album of the Year, Instrumentalist-Harmonica, Instrumentalist-Bass, and Song of the Year for Last Words of a Fool.
This five-piece, Chicago-style blues band has a robust, frisky, yet sexy tone and Norcia’s voice is one of the most distinctive, well-defined and recognizable instruments in modern blues. His recording titled Evening was nominated for five 2012 Blues Music Awards including: Album of the Year, Band of the Year, Traditional Blues Album, Instrumentalist-Harmonica and Instrumentalist-Bass.
Ray was inducted into Rhode Island’s Music Hall of Fame in 2012, as well as the Canadian South Hall of Fame. Nominated for three Grammy Awards, Ray was selected for a 2014 Grammy Award for his contribution on the album Remembering Little Walter, Blind Pig Records. This same recording won two 2014 Blues Music Awards for Album of the Year and Traditional Blues Album.
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