Photo Credit: Alex Johnson

Third Man Records is happy to announce a partnership with Canadian born and bred blues rocker, Gordie Johnson, and his group Big Sugar on the reissue of “500 Pounds” releasing digitally and on vinyl (out February 16th). Pre-order the album on black vinyl here and find the limited edition Frosted Blues colored vinyl with a bonus 7-inch record at TMR storefronts on release day or pre-order the limited edition vinyl online here.

In Third Man Records founder, Jack White’s, own words, this album is “the best blues based record to ever come out of Canada,” and an early inspiration and influence on his own approach to songwriting and guitar playing. Watch White give a rundown of the album on Youtube.

Big Sugar's well-known record "500 Pounds," first released in the U.S. in 1995, stands as a defining masterpiece in their discography. Produced by Gordie Johnson, Peter Prilesnik, and Tom Treumuth, this album marked a pivotal moment for the band, showcasing their ability to seamlessly blend blues, rock, and reggae. Gordie Johnson's soulful vocals and masterful guitar work, combined with the talents of the original lineup created a sonic landscape that resonated with fans.


"500 Pounds" is not merely an album; it's a musical journey exploring the complexities of life and love. Tracks like All Over Now, Still Waitin’ and Ride Like Hell exemplify the band's dynamic range, from heartfelt ballads to energetic, blues-infused rock anthems.

The collaborative production efforts of Gordie Johnson, Peter Prilesnik, and Tom Treumuth played a crucial role in shaping the album's distinctive sound. This record's impact extended beyond Canadian borders, earning Big Sugar recognition on the international stage. With its release, the band cemented its reputation as pioneers in genre fusion, influencing subsequent generations of musicians.

"500 Pounds" remains a timeless testament to Big Sugar's artistic brilliance, and its enduring popularity attests to the album's lasting impact on the rock and blues landscape. The collaborative efforts of the producers, along with the distinctive performances, make this record a cornerstone in the legacy of both Big Sugar and Canadian rock. This is the first ever U.S. vinyl edition.

The legendary Big Sugar celebrate their ground-breaking "500 Pounds" deluxe vinyl release from Third Man Records with a 2 set theatrical presentation that spans their storied career from Hugo Boss suit days to their more recent Roots Rock Reggae vibes. Gordie Johnson's power trio breathe life into their early blues and jazz-tinged songbook that has influenced generations of guitarists. "The theatre setting gives us the opportunity to explore a much wider range of styles while still presenting a Big Sugar rock and roll show!" Tickets to The 500 Pounds Album Live! Tour are available now.



  1. Ride Like Hell
  2. Standing Around Crying
  3. I’m A Ram
  4. Sugar In My Coffee
  5. All Over Now
  6. AAA Aardvark Motel
  7. How Many Times
  8. Deliver Me
  9. Still Waitin’
  10. Wild Ox Moan

BIG SUGAR “500 POUNDS” Album Artwork