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SUGAR BLOOD JINX

What's old is new...everything eventually comes back around. Buying local, farm to table, sustainable, green...the catch phrases of the millennial age. It's all good. It's even better when a group of young, talented musicians take the time to retrieve the pebbles left along the path by a long gone generation of masters that paved the way for much of the music that followed. Traditional, old-school delta blues may not be a lost art in the Delta but the number of bands taking it on in Boston is a small crowd. We first discovered Sugar Blood Jinx at the 2018 Boston Blues Challenge, which we hosted at the Fallout Shelter Studios. Erix Waxwood, the front man, guitarist and co-founder, was halfway through a ripping cover of Muddy Waters' 'I Can't Be Satisfied' when the alarms went off..."ok, when do we get these cats in for a full show of their own?" This is the real deal when it comes to the preservation of traditional American Roots music. From the 1930's drum kit in front of ace drummer Scott Pittman to the vintage sound of Waxwood's National steel resonator guitar to Matt Murphy's upright bass and the harp of 'Sonny' Jim Clifford, who also adds all kinds of clinky, scraping sound effects, this band is doing it right on all fronts and Waxwood provides the perfect vocal timbre to complete the package.

To do this, and do it this well you have to become a student of the sound and the technique. The recordings from this era were primitive at best but they left a solid framework and the traditions have been carried on for generations since Alan Lomax first documented the field recordings that would become the Dead Sea scrolls of traditional blues and gospel history. These guys have taken the time to do it right but make note that they are not shackled by tradition and they are incorporating a good amount of their own style to make this take on traditional Delta blues a fresh one. To duplicate what has already been done is one thing...to use the past as a guide and create something of your own is quite another.

This is another solid performance by yet another of the prolific young blues artists in the Boston metro. Catch Sugar Blood Jinx when you are out and about hopping the Boston club scene. You'll be glad you did.

 

SUGAR BLOOD JINX

Eric Waxwood - vocals, guitar

Matt Murphy - upright bass, vocals

'Sonny' Jim Clifford - harmonica, sound effects, vocals

Scott Pittman - drums, vocals


 

The Session Crew

Produced and edited by:
Bill Hurley

Cameras:
Maribeth Arena

Bill Hurley
H. Nat Stevens
Joanne Craig


Audio:
Eric Nordstrom
Connor Quigley

Mixed by:
Connor Quigley

Lighting/Special Effects:
Rick Smith

Stage Production:
Gerry Earabino

Photos:
Dan Busler