Mike Clark & The Sugar Sounds

First gaining notoriety from a series of frenetic dance‐party live performances in 2011 and 2012, Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds deliver a style steeped in rock & roll and suffused with garage soul, showcasing a super-group’s worth of Colorado blues, folk and rock artists in their prime: Inaiah Lujan (guitar/The Haunted Windchimes), Marc Benning (bass/34 Satellite), Alex Koshak (percussion/The Grant Sabin Band), Grant Sabin (trumpet/The Grant Sabin Band), and Ian Bourgal (sax/The Changing Colors).

Mike Clark is a prolific songwriter and performer whose past projects run the gamut from country-punk (The Jack Trades) to bluegrass (Crow Flies) to gypsy folk (The Ghost of Michael Clark). Clark’s alter ego as one-fifth of the popular Pueblo Americana outfit The Haunted Windchimes has seen him sharing stages with everyone from Ramblin’ Jack Elliott to Garrison Keillor, playing before a listening audience of 4 million on A Prairie Home Companion.

While the music that Mike makes with The Sugar Sounds references the greats of soul and rock & roll, from Otis Redding to Roy Orbison and Creedence Clearwater Revival, his 2013 record Round and Round is something original, fresh and new. Round and Round’s 8 tracks, produced and recorded by Marc Benning and Mike Clark, will take you on a epic journey; riding on a wave of emotion through troubled waters and smooth sailin’ through the good times. Round and round you’ll go, moving and grooving, singing and dancing. Come along and take a chance on The Sugar Sounds!

"Colorado songwriter Mike Clark writes songs that sound sweeter than sour. They give off the feeling that his love is healthy, but it's still so damned hungry. It's blazing and demanding. He gives off that pacing the floor, screaming at the skies neediness vibe that the greatest of the old school soul and blues singers gave off, as if there was nothing else than some soft touch to be had. It was all there was. It was everything that was and is needed. They'll be wayward until they fill that yearning. They'll be wayward for a while."
--Sean Moeller, Daytrotter.com

Ark Life

One year old and 120 shows in, garage-soul upstarts Ark Life have toured coast-to-coast, sharing stages with Of Montreal, Gregory Alan Isakov, PHOX, The Moondoggies, The Head & the Heart, Mount Moriah, Ryan Bingham, Ha Ha Tonka, and more. A mile high rock&roll ocean, equal parts mischief and heartthrob, they pull as much inspiration from contemporaries like Heartless Bastards, Elvis Perkins, and Sallie Ford as from the band's enduring loves for CCR, Motown, Tom Petty, and the classic campfire singalong. Ark Life spent late 2013 recording its debut album with producer Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats), and will release the full-length in August 2014.


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