Sugar Bayou

Sugar Bayou
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Twenty-one dog years ago (unless you count Junior High Choir), Bob Oldreive and April Rapier started a band together. Bob has a musical pedigree the size of the Big Bend, a glorious voice to match, plays amazing and lush guitar, and writes exquisite songs that are destined to live forever. April has studied voice since the 80s (classically trained, she is technically a dramatic soprano, but try telling her limitless range that), been a demo singer for some awesome songwriters coast to coast, played with her first musical partners Tom Bartley and Doug Walters in bars and restaurants all over Europe, and was in a jug/funk group during her stay in Hawaii. They formed a band called Sugar Bayou with Joe Lindley, Andy Moritz and Robbie Parrish. Adam Cutts (voted “Texas’ Favorite Fiddler” two years running) and Shannon Cutts (exquisite mandolinista) performed with them more often than not, to everyone’s great delight. Forward to 2006–Sugar Bayou's current lineup includes Bob, April, fiddler wizard Paul Kiteck, bass phenom Robert Knetsch and guitar god/angel voice Bill Browder. Bob and April are writing and the band is at work on their second as-yet unnamed CD (April likes the sound of Whatever She Wants…), following the incredible success of their first, Nowhere But Gone, produced by Robbie Parrish, executive-produced by April Rapier and Bob Oldreive. They write and play eclectic acoustic music joyful, complex, ethereal vocals and instruments infused with folk, swingy bluesy jazz, Celtic, bluegrass, Cajun & South American traditions (& a touch of Texas rockin’ country). Hard to describe, amazing to listen to. Nowhere But Gone is SUGAR BAYOU’s first CD, recorded at SugarHill Studios, engineered by Andy Bradley and mastered by Alan Corneau.
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