Sugar Ray and the Bluetones

Bringing the best Blues to you for 35 years.

Sugar Ray and the Bluetones latest release Living Tear To Tear debuts at #1 on The Living Blues Radio Chart!

Photo by Michael Sparks Keegan

Photo by Michael Sparks Keegan

Sugar Ray and the Bluetones...

Have been playing their unique style of blues the world over for almost forty years.  Not limited to one style, but able to play Chicago Blues in the style of Muddy Waters. Little Walter and Billy Boy Arnold; Kansas City Swing in the style of "Big" Joe Turner; Texas Blues like "T" Bone Walker and Freddie King; and the swampy Louisiana sounds of "Lazy" Lester-all played with the distinctive originality of band leader Sugar Ray Norcia, vocals and harmonica, guitarist "Monster" Mike Welch, Anthony Geraci at the piano and Hammond Organ, Michael "Mudcat" Ward playing acoustic and electric bass, and drummer Neil Gouvin. 
All of the members of Sugar Ray and the Bluetones have been featured on other Artists recordings which include Hubert Sumlin, John Hammond, Johnny Winter, Otis Grand, Pinetop Perkins, The Mannish Boys, Sugaray Rayford, Debbie Davies, Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl and many more.

"Sugar Ray is the real deal. There is nobody better to represent this music." - Kim Wilson, The Fabulous Thunderbirds

"Sugar Ray has great tone and phrasing, singing ad playing the harp. One of my favorites." -Charlie Musslewhite





Nominated for Blues Music Awards“Album of the Year”(My Life, My Friends, My Music)


Nominated for Blues Music Awards“Album” (Evening) 

Nominated for Blues Music Awards “Band”

Nominated for Blues Music Awards“Traditional Blues Album” (Evening) 



Nominated for Boston Music Awards  “Blues Band of the Year”



Nominated for six Blues Music Awards including “Best Album”(Living Tear To Tear), “Traditional Blues Album” (Living Tear To Tear), “Band”

Nominated for New England Music Awards “Blues Band of the Year”

Nominated for Blues Blast Music Awards  “Traditional Blues Recording” and “Band of the Year”

Winner Blues Audience Newsletter Readers Poll (New England)  Outstanding New England Band


Nominated for Blues Music Awards “Band”

Inducted into The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame