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Take Your Time, Mr. Brown
The Sugar Kings
2000

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Song Name (Composer)
Time
1.
Papa's On The House Top (Leroy Carr)
2:48
2.
Ice Cream Man (Tom Waits)
2:51
3.
Gillum's Windy Blues (Jazz Gillum)
2:30
4.
Furniture Man (Traditional)
3:27
5.
Fixin' To Die (Bukka White)
3:43
6.
Sad Sap Sucker (Fats Waller, Ed Kirkeby)
2:50
7.
Bad Luck Blues (Blind Lemon Jefferson)
3:34
8.
Crazy About You (Jazz Gillum) State Street Boys
2:54
9.
Leavin' Home (Charlie Poole)
3:07
10.
Get Up Off That Jazzophone (Blues Birdhead) The Bubbling Over Five
3:53
11.
Oh Lonesome Me (Don Gibson)
2:25
12.
Darling's Dream (Clint Hoover)
4:33
13.
Bear Cat Mama (Gene Autry) W. Lee O'daniel
2:46
14.
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby) (Billy Austin, Louis Jordan)
3:12
15.
On The Road Again (Memphis Jug Band)
2:38


Twin Cities Blues News
by Thomas M. Hendrickson
April, 2000

It has been a long time since I came across a band that performs songs by such a varied array of blues and jazz artists. The Sugar Kings, out of Minneapolis, have taken songs by Bukka White, Leroy Carr, Louis Jordan, Tom Waits, Fats Waller and Blind Lemon Jefferson and have put their own stamp on them. You could call these guys a jug band, but they are much more than this. The new CD Take Your Time Mr. Brown is a fine collection of smooth acoustic music that has that jazzy feel straight out of that good time sound from the 1930’s.

The band is led by Cam Waters who plays guitars, sings lead vocals and keeps time on the hi-hat cymbal. His slide playing on Lemon Jefferson’s Bad Luck Blues is a thing of beauty. New life has been given to that old scratchy recording. Waters has performed with Dakota Dave Hull and he has appeared in concert with Doc Watson, Greg Brown and David Bromberg.

Clint Hoover on harmonica is a music veteran who co-led the Blenders and decidedly adds an element of swing to this band. His playing on Gillum’s Windy Blues is spirited, to put it mildly. His work on the chromatic harp on Tom Wait’s Ice Cream Man gives the tune a smooth moody sound that fits the song exactly. His own composition Darling’s Dream is a sweet swinging number that may be the high point of this recording.

On tuba and trombone is Steve Sandberg, who has performed locally with the Wolverines and Inside Straight and nationally with The Four Tops and Jr Walker and the All-Stars. His support and rhythm playing give the band that Memphis jug band sound. When all three are cooking, it is hard to sit still and just listen. You know, these tunes were written with some dancing in mind.

The Sugar Kings get some help in the studio from Bill Hinkley, Jim Fields and Dakota Dave Hull. The CD is a satisfying collection of varied songs from many different sources. I found the recording to be refreshing and a repast from the hard guitar led bands that dominate the night club scene. The Sugar Kings are a new generation of players in the tradition of Spider John Koerner, Dave Ray and Tony Glover, yet with a spirit and sophistication that is uniquely theirs. Listening to this collection, I concluded, that the Sugar Kings are cooler than a gin rickey sipped on a New Orleans French Quarter balcony on a warm spring evening.
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