Sugaray Rayford: Soulful blues at The Kate Sunday

April 3, 2019 GMT

With a gritty voice and a kicking band, soulful blues singer Sugaray Rayford and band will perform with his eight-piece band in Old Saybrook at the Katharine Hepburn Performing Arts Center Sunday, April 14.

Texas-born and a former Marine, Rayford is an imposing performer, too, at at hefty 6 feet 5 inches tall. His old-school vocal style echoes Muddy Waters and Teddy Pendergrass. In the United Kingdom recently, British music magazine Blues & Soul called Rayford’s music “stonking, funking, soulful blues.”

“Somebody Save Me,” his latest album, was released by Forty Below Records on March 1.

The Kate, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Sunday, April 14, 7 p.m. $34-$30. 860-510-0473. katharinehepburntheater.org