The veteran blues slide-player started out playing trumpet, and being influenced by the jazz greats. Sonny has played and collaborated with many of the blues heavy hitters like John Mayall and John Hiatt. He also toured with Jimmy Buffet Coral Reefer Band as well as being a regular at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festivals. Sonny likes to blend the various genres of music avoiding stereotyping.
This release, his 12th, features a sort of combined blues/rock look at the songs. Walkin’ Blues is more of a traditional blues type tune accented by of course, the slide. The title song, is a nice Cajun sounding slow, consistent song with some haunting slide worked in. It Hurts Me Too is an old fashioned ballad paced blues offering. Where They Will is almost a shuffle tempo song, very well suited for a movie soundtrack. Cherry Ball Blues is another old fashioned blues styled song. Firebird Blues is an old blues foundation style ballad that we all grew up on done as a tribute to one of the blues most notorious sliders, the late Johnny Winter. The Elmore James song Dust My Broom is given a plucky slide treatment. Simcoe Street is an upbeat slide ridden up tempo instrumental.
Sonny has a good, smooth edged blues voice, well played off against his slide playing. You’ll hear traces of B.B. King, Hendrix, The Reverend Billy, and Johnny Winter style influences throughout. If you’ve been waiting for a new blues transfusion, here it is.
By R.M. Engelman