Yes indeed Brothers and Sisters this was Canadian Act BIG SUGAR’s fifth studio album released back in July of 2001!
Now for those around those parts of the world that have never heard of BIG SUGAR that cover says it all. That would be Sugar founder Gordie Johnson on the cover with that Double Neck Gibson which he still flings around t0 this day!
(Speaking of Gordie he’s good pals with the Black Crowes and has also produced a bunch of the Government Mule albums as well.)
If you recall from my blog posts from this past July. Big Sugar showed up to our 3 Day Blues Festival and in my opinion stole the weekend as Gordie J showed up and mowed the crowd down with his Double Neck Gibson and back catalogue of Sugar Hits from years past like The Scene/Diggin A Hole/Better Get Used To It and not to be outdone previewed a few new tracks that are so good that I will preorder the next Sugar album when GJ decides to drop it!
Space Rock Reggae is the sound that Gordie has described Big Sugar as but to be honest with you. I can add in a side order of mid to late 70’s ZZ Top guitar rock and Big Sugar basically mash’s up the two styles that collide on the Very Excellent Brothers & Sisters,Are You Ready?
My Fingers are sooooooooooooo Greassssssssey!
From the opening sound of a car motor rev in and squealing out to the simple yet powerful Bass Line of Garry Lowe leads right into Gordie’s guitar and its such a wicked tone as he lays down slithering riffs of delight on the opener Red Rover. What a cool ball of rock genius …check out the video below and oh yeah ..Crank It!
Nashville Grass follows with a wicked like Sabbath attack on the 6 string and basically keeps the pace going right into She Left Ashes which Gordie and crew ease off of the gas but I just love the simple yet effective use of the production on this album as it sounds raw and no polish is anywhere evident on any of the albums 14 tracks!
Nicotina(She’s All That) was the debut single from this album and is just a flat-out good time ZZ like track featuring Mr Chill on the harmonica. The video is classic with a bunch of lady friends that will no doubt make my pal’s Rockin Roberts & BMellis H-A-P-P-Y!
Butterball is just like the title implies! This song is Greasey with a cranked up fuzz Guitar with some ladies dong the backing vocals during g the chorus! Real cool like shuffle with this tune…
Big Sugar digs deep with their own Space Rock Reggae on tunes like Bump On The Head,We Could Live and man I dig so much Gordie’s opening riff rock of Pretty Bird.
Such a great sound that comes across!
All Hells For A Basement is another Super Duper Tune that is like a mashup of Sabbath/ZZ Top as the song rocks in a real Space Rock Way but basically with a Sledgehammer cracking ya over the noggin!
Gordie and Crew finish things up with his electrified version of O Canada
Big Sugar is a great band and even though Gordie shut down Sugar for a few years he’s back with a few new players in his band (Including his wife) but make no mistake he still means business!
Check these guys if they come around your neck of the woods! You never know as Gordie is based out of Texas now!
Pic below is from this past July when Big Sugar rocked the masses in Tbay!