From the far north of Australia but with his musical roots embedded in the deep south of the USA, Sugarcane Collins is a one of a kind singer-songwriter-guitarist.
Inspired by the slashing delta blues of Charley Patton and Son House, the sparkling ragtime of Blind Blake and the powerful songster traditions of Leadbelly, Sugarcane sings passionately with a voice that is big and soulful, writes songs that are potent and rich with imagery and he spanks the guitar like no one else around. He started his career in the rough canefield pubs and dangerous waterfront bars of Cairns' famed and feared but now gone Barbary Coast and his 35 year career in far north Queensland is the stuff of local legend.
The 2014 Australian Blues Singer of the Year announces the US release of a new album titled
Going back to Clarksdale
Sugarcane Collins added the "CHAIN" Award for 2014 Australian Blues Singer of the Year (male) to his impressive list of career awards compliments of the power packed vocals on his outstanding 2013 release
DOWNUNDER THE BLUES
The big voice the muscular guitar the masterful storytelling are once again used to great effect on this bold and brilliant work that delivers up a powerful new batch of songs that bristle with energy and originality. Back from Mississippi and with an eye on Australia the former Queensland Songwriter of the Year touches on everything from indigenous issues to old Australian folk songs, deaths on the roads, blue childhood days, environmental musings, menopause, relationship breakdowns and recalibrations and even a little lullaby for poor old mother earth.
Back in November 2006 Sugarcane released the remarkable
way down the river
Sugarcanes musical perspective has broadened with every album and his first two CDs - both now out of print - were also rewarded with outstanding critical acclaim and an impressive collection of awards.
BARRON DELTA BLUE (1999)
Australian Songwriters Association Folk / Acoustic
LAKE STREET SERENADE (2003)
Queensland Song of the Year 2004