Big Sugar is once again on the road and coming to Golden for a live show on Oct. 24.
Gordie Johnson recently took some time to talk about heading out on the road again with the band.
“I woke up prepared for that. I can’t wait to do that,” he said. “We did a really extensive tour last year and the vibes from that tour are still resonating with the band. It was almost a year long family reunion party.”
Getting back on the road has given Johnson a chance to reconnect with Big Sugar fans from across the country.
“It is fantastic. It is the reason you do it. It is nice to make money but if I wanted to make money I wouldn’t have started a career in music. There couldn’t be a harder way to make money. The only reason to do it is for the love of it and when the audience feels that and responds to it, it grows from there,” he said.
Working with other artists as both a performer and producer has also kept Johnson busy over the years.
“It is really inspiring because I get to be around the artists when the flame is burning its brightest. They are creating a new record and they are making a new creative statement. I get to stand in that light and heat for a little while. It is rejuvenating for me as well.”
Johnson said the band is always looking towards what they are going to be doing next.
“Big Sugar is not a band that is going to sit still and just coast on our past successes. We always want to create new stuff and do new things,” he said.
As a special treat for fans of the band, and the band members themselves, reggae legend Willie Williams will be performing with them on the tour.
“We were all huge fans of his music. We linked up with him and recorded a song called ‘No Guns’ and we are just thrilled to have him come out with us,” Johnson said. He added that having one of his personal heroes on tour with him is a thrill he would have never thought possible.
“You know you are doing something right when your heroes give you their blessing,” he said.