Sugar Free
Sugar Free Imagine that Deep Purple and Sly and the Family Stone had a love child that grew up in New Orleans listening to Ray Charles and Black Sabbath. That love child would have to be the Sugar Free Allstars. This funky, organ-rock trio is sometimes hard to define because of its various musical influences and unusual instrumentation. They swing from blues to funk to gospel to straight up rock and pop within seconds, but they always sound like the Sugar Free Allstars, and they always groove! On Hammond B-3 and lead vocals is Chris Wiser. Chris pulls multiple duties in this outfit as he covers bass lines on the B-3, while cranking out Maceo Parker style saxophone solos. Just be careful how close you stand, because he’s been known to have some pyrotechnic tendencies. Once the fat B-3 foundation is set, guitarist Mike Satawake adds an edge to the ensemble with his distinct style of playing. His funky rhythm parts are outdone only by his impressive free-flowing solos. Mike is truly one of the up-and-coming guitarists of our time. Last, but certainly not least, is Rob (Dr Rock) Martin on the drums. Rob lays down a rock-solid beat that gets the dancers on the floor and keeps their heads a-boppin’ and their hips a shakin’ all night. His no-nonsense, laid –back style allows for jam sections from time to time and is a perfect fit for this groove-oriented crew. The Sugar Free Allstars’ reputation for catchy songs and high-energy live shows has given them the opportunity to open for many diverse acts such as R.L.Burnside, Hank Williams III, Dick Dale, Marcia Ball, G. Love and Special Sauce, Bowling for Soup, Juice, David Garza, Dr Hook, Roger Cline and the Peacemakers, Soulhat, Wes Jeans and, of course, LA Guns. In addition, several songs from their debut CD have gotten airplay on local stations such as KGOU in Norman, KRXO in Oklahoma City and KRSC in Tulsa.