Guitarist Saiichi Sugiyama and his band will be touring the UK in Early 2017 to promote his upcoming album which is due late April 2017. A video for the first single from the album 'Melting Away' is now available and features the late Andy Fraser of Free. Fans of early 70's blues rock should check this out. Those tour dates, the video and more about Saiichi Sugiyama follows:
Saiichi [pronounced: “sigh-eee-chee”], who has a career spanning 25 years in the British blues scene, writes music that harks back to the halcyon days of rock and soul, 1965-1974, when all you needed was love and music ruled supreme. His co-writer is the poet and lyricist, Pete Brown, who wrote the words to Cream’s classics “Sunshine of Your Love“ and “White Room”.
The single released in advance of the album, “Melting Away”, featured the late bass hero Andy Fraser, ex-Free and composer of the 1970 smash single, “All Right Now” and was described by Classic Rock Magazine as “reminiscent of Free at their most powerful… an emotional slice of blues rock”.
Blues in Britain magazine in a live review described the album's new songs as ranging from “a driving, snare-led Motor City number, where Saiichi’s singing-tone Les Paul soars into a furious, rocking close” via “boppy, poppy soul” to the “smoky pulse with a fine expressive spacious solo over the gradually intensifying beat”, “an intriguing mix of what had gone before” with “gooseflesh-raising peaks and grin-inducing solos … a real winner”.
The band’s live performance was described as “a joyous at once familiar and fresh experience” by the Tonemonkey website. This tour by Saiichi Sugiyama and his band represents a true chance for lovers of soulful, lyrical guitar music to witness a real artist at work: don't miss out!
SAIICHI SUGIYAMA BAND SPRING 2017 TOUR
2 March - Beaverwood Club, London
15 March - Iron Road, Evesham
16 March - Haven Club, Oxford
17 March - Mr Kyps, Poole
18 March – South Devon Arts, Totnes
22 March - The 1865, Southampton
24 March - New Crawdaddy, Essex
26 March - The Musician, Leicester
30 March - Maltings, Farnham
21 April - The Forum, Darlington
22 April – Cluny 2, Newcastle
29 April – Arts Centre, Cranleigh
All tour dates are subject to change please check before you travel.