HSB Blues Revue featuring Sugar Ray Norcia, Annie Sampson, Steve Freund, Chris Cain, Austin deLone, Ruth Davies and Tony Braunagel

Singer, harp man and three-time Grammy nominee, Sugar Ray Norcia’s career kicked into high gear in 1979 when he formed the original Sugar Ray and the Bluetones with guitar giant Ronnie Earl. Norcia has received a total of 22 Blues Music Award nominations including winning two Blues Music Awards in 2014, and has appeared on over 60 albums. Sugar Ray was nominated for an unprecedented seven 2017 Blues Music Awards including Traditional Blues Male Artist and B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. Appearing as part of HSB Blues Revue.

Annie Sampson’s unique approach to song was honed in her youth by singing in church and school choirs as well as with her family. When the popular rock group Stoneground recruited her to become lead singer, she joined the group for a series of national and international tours. Appearing as part of HSB Blues Revue.

Guitarist, producer and bandleader Steve Freund, praised by Rolling Stone for his “masterful, no-nonsense guitar work,” continues to share his feeling for the blues wherever he can. Steve has appeared on over 50 albums, and produced 7. His recording credits include work with Sunnyland Slim, Boz Scaggs, Koko Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Maria Muldaur, and many other luminaries. He spent 18 years in Chicago, working with the true legends of the blues. In 1994 Freund moved to the Bay Area and continues to perform locally and internationally. Appearing as part of the HSB Blues Revue.

Chris Cain offers up a soulful stew of Memphis style electric blues. His powerfully deep vocals and jazz inspired, blues guitar riffs are unforgettable; uniquely his own, while reminiscent of the legendary B.B. King and Albert King. When Cain burst onto the blues scene in 1987 with his award-winning debut album, he soon found himself sharing the stage and trading licks with a few of those legends, including Albert King and Albert Collins. Cain has released a dozen albums, each filled with soul-stirring songs pulled from his own blues-drenched heart. Appearing as part of HSB Blues Revue.

Austin deLone has been a persistent presence on the local, national, and international stage since the early ‘70s when his band, Eggs Over Easy, kick-started the British Pub Rock movement. Austin lives in the SF Bay Area and has performed and recorded with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs, and many more. Appearing as part of HSB Blues Revue.

Born in Oakland, Ruth Davies fell in love with the bass in high school and has enjoyed a successful career in the jazz and blues world. She has an extensive discography including platinum and Grammy-winning recordings. Ruth joined the Elvin Bishop Band in 2011 and has been touring with him ever since. In 2015, Elvin Bishop’s release Can’t Even Do Wrong Right won Song, Album, and Band of the Year at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis. Appearing as part of HSB Blues Revue.

Tony Braunagel grew up in Houston, Texas, deeply steeped in the Rhythm and Blues scene, having played with Lightnin’ Hopkins and Jimmie Reed. He has toured with Eric Burdon, Rickie Lee Jones, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, and Robert Cray. He has also played with Etta James, The Meters, and recorded with Otis Rush. Braunagel started producing in ’99 and has recorded about 30 records since. He has won a Grammy and several Blues Music Awards and has been nominated seven times for Blues Drummer of the Year. Appearing as part of HSB Blues Revue.