Sugaray Rayford “The World That We Live In”

by Dan Dodds

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There was a time when a Texan soul singer need only jump on a Greyhound to find a producer and killer house band qualified to cut some authentic, new-aged soul. Sugaray Rayford, a singer by the power of Bobby Blue Bland and Solomon Burke, has found his graceland in another continent, across the pond and over the valley, in the European city of Rome. Blind Faith Records, headed by Italian celebrità band leader/producer Luca Sapio and his crack session unit (which includes a three-piece horn section) entitled the Italian Royal Family, recorded, with vintage analog gear, the entire project, The World That We Live In, via a studio located in the Pigneto district of the Italian capital.

Check out Sugaray Rayford’s new video below—a Wax Poetics world exclusive. Filmed in an abandoned sulfur quarry just outside of Rome, Sugaray laments the state of the world on the album’s title cut, in relative solitude, surrounded only by a stray dog, a lounge of lizards, and his Stetson hat. Dig it.

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