Early in the '90s, New York bluesman Mr Sugar Daddy Smith decided to seek his fortune on the open road. After learning his craft playing back-up with musicians such as Luther Allison and Art Blakey, he wanted to see what adventures Europe might bring.
Passing through Stockholm, London and Munich, acquiring the name "Sugar Daddy Smith" along the way, his path eventually led to Berlin. The wall had just come down, and the Sugar Daddy soon built his rep as a wild west guitar slinger, playing the small smoky clubs opening up in the eastern sector of the city.
The Sugar Daddy's audience came together along with the city, and he was soon filling clubs on both east and west side, playing solo or with musicians the likes of Albert Collins, Louisiana Red or Johnny Thunders.
Over time, other musicians assembled around the original Sugar Daddy. Torsten Schulz, returning to his native Berlin after playing in NYC and Los Angeles, took the bass lines, laying down that solid background groove. Steve Woike, a popular musician of the Berlin club and studio scene, brought not only his drum sticks, but also his winning ways, to the wildly wicked rhythm section.
I'm sorry; you have to see these guys to understand, but they really are "Sugar and the Love Gods," and they're willing to lay it down and give it up for audiences of all sizes.
The trio plays powerful blues and rock. Blues purists are just as enthusiastic as the flocks of pretty girls that hang around after the shows. The group's set includes Sugar's original rock and blues tunes, as well as a healthy mix of covers ranging from Hendrix to John Lee Hooker, T. Rex to the Rolling Stones.
With their mix of original tunes and blues/rock standards, the high energy shows of Sugar and the Love Gods ensure that an audience that's seen them once will always come back for more!