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Chad Rupp and the
Sugar Roots

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Founded in 2021, Chad Rupp and The Sugar Roots is a contemporary blues/rock band based in Portland OR. Front man and multi-instrumentalist Chad Rupp has been soaking in and performing with the PNW's most significant blues exports for decades (Curtis Salgado, Lloyd Jones, DK Stewart, Jim Mesi, Paul DeLay, Robbie Laws). You can hear those influences in Chad's vocal presentation and song writing. 

Their '23 album release "The Devil Won't Get You" was well received, garnering accolades from both reviewers and DJ's around the world, eventually rising to the #2 slot on the "Roots Music Report" Blues Rock Album charts in September of that same year, and ultimately having five songs simultaneously riding the "Roots Music Report" Blues Rock Singles chart. The "The Devil Won't Get You" ended up on the "Top 100 Albums of'23" list in the #37 position on the Root's Music Report Blues Rock charts. Written to document Chad's first IBC journey, "The Devil Won't Get You" is full of references about, and pays tribute to the deep blues history found in Memphis and surrounding areas. Recorded with some of Portland's most recognizable music fixtures, the album features performances by some of Portlands most iconic blues musicians. The rhythm section of Timmer Blakely and Jimi Bott provide the strong foundation. Vocal appearances on the album include Lloyd Jones, Johnny Wheels, and Valyria Arnold. Scott Franklin and Joe Mak-McCarthy cover horn duties and they bring the grease.

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Their debut release,"Savage's Life", features 10 original songs composed by Chad and the Band and one cover; a second line version of Steve Miller's "Rock'n Me". Both "Rock'n Me" and the title track "Savage's Life" feature guest vocal appearances by PNW stars Rae Gordon, Melanie Owen, Lisa Mann, and Karen Lovely. The funky blues tune "Rain Checkin'" also features an appearance from Portland legend LLoyd Jones. The Atlas Horns featured on many Lloyd Jones albums also appear on five of "Savage's Life" tracks.

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