“Fun, Blues, Dancing, and More”: that’s the motto of Sir Rod & the Blues Doctors, a soulful, funky, Deep South trio bound by a family connection to the late Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee, the greatest one-man blues band who ever lived.
Have you heard of Satan & Adam (2018), the Netflix documentary? It tracks the long and unlikely partnership between Magee, a Mississippi-born busker and street-prophet, and Adam Gussow, a younger white blues harmonica ace. Joining forces on the streets of Harlem in the 1980s, Magee and Gussow ended up becoming a national touring act and Living Blues cover story. The duo dissolved after Magee’s 1998 breakdown, then reunited in a late-life comeback story that had viewers in tears.
Magee’s nephew Rod Patterson, aka “Sir Rod,” was one of those viewers. A singer, dancer, and motivational speaker based in Atlanta, he contacted Gussow with a proposition: Why don’t we team up and keep my uncle’s and your music—the Satan & Adam songbook—alive?
The result of that conversation was an explosion of creativity and brotherhood that can’t be denied—plus a dynamic new touring act, perfect for your club, festival, college, or private party.Featuring the fleet-footed Patterson up front, Gussow on amplified harmonica and drums, and Alan Gross on electric guitar, Sir Rod & The Blues Doctors offer a powerful mix of down-home blues, old-school soul, and uptown funk. From “Shake, Rattle, and Roll” to “What’d I Say,” from “Mustang Sally” and “Hot Tamale Baby” to “Little Red Rooster” and “I Feel Good,” we’ve got you covered!
But our originals rock, too, with a Satan & Adam twist: “Sanctified Blues,” “The Perfect Crime,” “Seventh Avenue,” and the jam-band anthem, “Come Together.” Plus “Freedom For My People,” Magee’s plea for brotherhood, made famous when a streetside recording was included in U2’s documentary, Rattle and Hum (1988).
SRBD’s first two albums, Come Together (2020) and Keeping It in the Family: Live (2022) have drawn raves from the critics. “Patterson’s husky, insinuating vocals are ideally suited to the blues, soul, and rock chestnuts spotlighted on this recording,” wrote Living Blues about the live album. “Gross anchors the pace for this set with effortless authority…Gussow’s high-speed technical virtuosity and melodic invention are simply staggering….[I]t makes the heart glad that by joining forces with Patterson and Gross, the memorable music he created as one half of Satan and Adam lives on.”
Sir Rod & the Blues Doctors. Fun, blues, dancing, and more.
What the critics are saying about Come Together by Sir Rod & The Blues Doctors
“A splendid debut album…fun, contagious and delicious”
“[They] found magic in the studio, producing some sizzling tunes that honor Mr. Satan and promising more great blues movers from the trio.”
“Rod…proves his worth as front-man with a commanding performance on a down home country blues take on ‘Little Red Rooster’…The trio…closes the album with a great version of ‘What’d I Say,’ again demonstrating the Blues Doctors’ ability to adapt to different styles of music. Adam plays brilliantly and Alan’s guitar is very clear in the mix…A thoroughly enjoyable album, well worth hearing.”
(New Artist Debut Recording nominee)
“Come Together is a remarkable recording from beginning to end. Blues fans will surely want to give this a listen.”
“A hugely enjoyable and energetic, harmonica-driven blues celebration.”
—Down at the Crossroads blog (Ireland)
“Wonderfully swinging blues…Sterling [Magee] can be proud of his nephew [Rod Patterson] and the blues world can be happy that Satan & Adam’s legacy continues with this very fine album.”
–Norman Darwen, Blues & Rhythm