For some reason, his albums on the German MPS label seem to be more readily available than this one. This one was produced by the (now recently departed) Johnny Otis, with songwriting contributions from Johnny, his son Shuggie and Harris himself. Some may be familiar with Harris's bluesy electric violin on Frank Zappa's albums from around this time, notably Hot Rats (also featuring Shuggie Otis, although not on the same tracks as Sugarcane), Weasels Ripped My Flesh (with Harris's violin and lead vocal on the Little Richard song, 'Directly From my Heart to You') and his jawdropping violin solo on side two of Burnt Weeny Sandwich. He was earlier half of the R&B duo, Don and Dewey, which no doubt was responsible for Zappa's interest in him. Neil Young has covered one of Don and Dewey's songs, 'Farmer John.'
Harris was quite prolific in the early-mid 70s, playing with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and recording several albums as leader for MPS, featuring such notable players as Harvey Mandel and Robert Wyatt. He seems to have just kinda faded away after that, although Wiki tells me that he was in a group called Tupelo Chain Sex in the 1980s. He died in 1999, hopefully somewhat enriched by the royalties from Neil Young.
All his MPS records are worth checking out, and they seem to get reissued sporadically. This one was issued on CD about a decade ago (with artwork based on the trippy Rick Griffin cartoon on the rear cover, reproduced below [click to enlarge]) but has since fallen out of print again. My copy is on a mid-70s orange Epic label, but the stampers are 1D/1D, so I assume this is pressed from the original lacquer.
|A2:||You're Making Me Cry||3:01|
|A3:||Take It All Off||5:20|
|A4:||A Little Soul Food||3:02|
|A5:||Don't You Think I've Paid Enough||4:57|
|B1:||Do It Yourself||2:26|
|B2:||Tears Are Made of Dreams||4:57|
|B3:||Funk and Wagner||5:13|
|B4:||You Could've Had Me Baby||3:44|
Don "Sugarcane" Harris: Violin and vocals.
Other personnel uncredited.
Produced by Johnny Otis. Arranged by Johnny Otis, Roger Spotts and Shuggie Otis.
Engineered by Bob "Groovus I" Breault.
Epic records, USA, 1970. Cat # 30027