Sugar Esker 2022
Recorded Thursday, July 28, 2022, Groton, CT
Two new songs – full set coming soon!
This is Sugar Band playing the annual Esker Point Beach concert in Groton, CT, with sand, kids, boats and dogs!
First up, a cover of Harry Styles’ popular “Watermelon Sugar.”
Continue reading “More Sugar”
I guarantee this will be the most fun you have today! Esker Point Beach, courtesy of the City of Groton, and this year it didn’t rain and Rickie showed up in her pajamas!
It’s what’s known in the industry as pop star casual. I like it.
I thought …
This day couldn’t get better!
But as you’ll see, it did! Continue reading “Pop Star Casual Takes The Beach, Sugar at Esker Point, Groton, CT, 2022”
Enya EA-X4 Pro Carbon Fiber Acoustic Guitar
This review (w/video) of the EA-X4 Pro Carbon Fiber Acoustic Guitar is intended for people somewhat familiar with the instrument. Still, I’ll go over the basic functions and features for those just hearing about this new product. I receive no compensation for my review. I picked this guitar up a couple weeks ago. It arrived from a USA origin within 4 days in very good shape. I changed the strings to Thomastik 10s, but otherwise it’s out of the box, requiring no adjustment.
A full video review is below. Continue reading “Enya EA-X4 Pro Carbon Fiber Guitar”
An old favorite from Jules Shear.
Let’s Go Slow, with an Enya carbon fiber acoustic guitar. Continue reading “Let’s Go Slow – Enya EA-X4 Pro”
Like a Prayer
This one speaks for itself! Quality-wise, what we have here is a minor masterpiece, a redo of a funky song … to make it even funkier! Sugar really rocks the house in North Stonington, CT in this music video!
And to boot, it was a fundraiser for a charity organization known as Madonna Place (more below), held at Jonathan Edwards Winery, a place where you arrive to enter a postcard; like a movie set depicting the beauty of the rolling hills of Southeastern Connecticut. Wine country. A perfect setting.
Just happens this song was made famous by “Madonna” herself!
Amazing drum skills, Ben LaRose! Continue reading “Sugar Covers Madonna and Madonna Place, Ben LaRose Shines on Drums!”
This song showcases Rickie’s vocal! Sugar in North Stonington, CT: Continue reading “Sugar @ Madonna Place | Love Again”
This is sort of precious.
It’s an oldie from Britney. Continue reading “Born to Make You Happy”
Who’s got two minutes and forty-four seconds to spare? Go!
This song was written in 1927. It was the theme for our AM radio station’s (Westerly, RI) nostalgic music format, many years-ago. Stardust was on my license plate. After all the years, I conceded the MANY varieties of notations of this song weren’t working for me on guitar, so I arranged it myself. I wrote all the chords you see me playing, and when I was done, I remember thinking it was kind of amazing that I didn’t listen to the song once, and I don’t think I’ve heard it in years. It’s just in there, in my brain! Continue reading “Stardust”
Some vintage live concert footage!
Sugar at the North Stonington Fair!
They’re playing at the Knick Friday night! Continue reading “Sugar @ North Stonington CT | Kiss, Back in Love Again | Friday at the Knick”
The World is Yours
This is an original composition by Brandon Raimondo.
Brandon is performing at Strange Brew Pub in Norwich, CT. Continue reading “Brandon Raimondo @ Strange Brew | The World is Yours”
It was fifty degrees and I ran out of excuses, so this evening I made my way to the Strange Brew Pub in Norwich, CT for an open mic! Continue reading “Mark Urso Live at Strange Brew Pub 2/22/22 – Making Pies”
A beautiful rendition of “Joy to The World” by Russ Rentler. Continue reading “Joy to The World!”
We don’t know much about this song. It was on John Mellencamp’s “Life, Death, Love and Freedom,” which would make number 5 on the Rolling Stone’s list of 50 Best Albums of the Year in 2008.
We know the original was produced by T Bone Burnett, who gives the song some depth and texture … and heavy smoker Mellencamp was experiencing a late-in-life voice change, getting rougher every minute.
I’ll put the lyrics and chords below. The song is about a man who just wants to be left alone and has no friends. It’s the ultimate blues song, and the way Mellencamp presents it, you’d immediately think it was about himself. Continue reading “John Cockers”