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  posted on 4/20/2008 at 09:40 PM
http://www.sonnymoorman.com/
This is a great friend of mine. I think many here will enjoy him. He is from here in Cincy!

 

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 06:20 AM
I've got one of Sonny's cds...can't remember which one. The man can play!

 

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 06:32 AM
Sonny took guitar lessons from Cal Collins as a child. Cal played with many of the jazz greats, and was friends with Leo Fender, and Les Paul!

 

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 06:41 AM
Yes Sonny is also a very good friend of mine. Great guy and player.
 

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 09:20 AM
I 've done some fill in work on bass with Sonny. He is very knowledgable about the history of the blues besides being a great picker and a fine gentleman. Loves the ABB as well.

A long time friend of our family has just been tagged to replace Sonny's long time bassist, Marc Hoffman who is apparently retiring from the live music scene. I guess since Sonny has not offically made this news I will refrain from naming our friend who graduated from high school with my oldest son Sean.

 

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 09:48 AM
sonny rocks!... he would play all night for you if he could and is great at taking requests... he is great on several of the brothers tunes and the crowd loves it when he walks into the audience and plays slide with someone's beer bottle... we catch him around Cincy whenever we can...a very cool guy....
 

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 10:01 AM
Sounds like there are more Cincinnati area people on this forum than first thought.
Ever heard of Blue Lou & the Accusations? Jerry's Little Band? Rumpke Mountain Boys?

 

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 11:34 AM
Sonny is not only a talented, seasoned musician, he's a great guy. I met him through Willie P. and we booked some shows for him in Georgia last year. We were recently talking about bringing him back down south soon. Watch for Sonny to be in the south again in a few months.

 

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 02:30 PM
Jerry's Little Band - a heck of a disco outfit, I have to say. They get the crowd dancing the Hustle by the third song every time. With mirror ball will travel.


A friend of Sonny's as well. A very good guitar player with a large song base to choose from at any time, and he is solid whether he is playing for a full house or a small group of people, a sign of a musician that loves the music. Sonny still hosts an Open Jam Night at Burbank's BBQ in Sharonville (just north of Cincinnati on I-75) almost every Thursday where anyone can sign up and step up and jam one with Sonny and his band. (I've never jammed with Sonny, though, but usually take up with the Dallas Moore Band when Dallas invites me up there to throw down a couple on occasion.) As for Sonny, he still breaks out that 1930's Oahu Dobro he has now and then with its original slide bar to boot.

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 02:34 PM
Ironically, the first time I ever heard of Sonny was from reading an Easyriders magazine. I believe he played the Easyriders Rodeo in Chillicothe, OH many years back. I'm sure it wasn't the first or last time he's been mentioned in a biker magazine, either.

 

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 03:14 PM
OOOps!...on the Marc news.Oh well, at least it became national news.....LMAO. I went to Memphis with Sonny in 93 when he was playing the Crossroads festival. Next thing you know , we were hanging with Gary Hardy who owned Sun Studio at the time. He wanted to record Sonny in Sun.We made many trips back, and at one point, it looked like the CD was not going to be released due to legalities with the Sun name and Sam Phillips. It was finally released on the 616 label which is Suns address on Union Blvd. The CD is Telegraph Road.I got to hang out with Rufus Thomas one day which was an experience. Him and Sonny did one of the most incredible versions of Walking The Dog. Sad thing was, the tape wasn't rolling. If you ever go to Memphis, check out Sun. It is a very cool Cafe with the original studio, and a museum now attached.For those who mentioned the Cincy musicians.. we gotta real good scene going right now. I saw no mention of Stacey Mitchart, The Blues Doctor! Stacey plays as the house band at BB Kings in Memphis, and Nashville switching weeks. He was also nominated for a blues Grammy this year.

 

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 04:49 PM
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For those who mentioned the Cincy musicians.. we gotta real good scene going right now.


True, with most of the national press focusing on younger rock and alt bands such as the Heartless Bastards, Wussy, Bad Veins, Buffalo Killers, Pomegranates, Freekbass, and Joe Hedges. Spin Magazine had a two-page spread on the Cincy music scene a couple of months ago.

 

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 05:08 PM
Derek, You mean you would actually confess to to knowing that coot Dallas Moore....lol. Dallas is an old pal ever since the Poison Whiskey band. Ask him about the time I brought Leon Wilkenson (Skynyrd) into the Knotty Pine. They had Leon playing The Jack(AC/DC) plus Skynyrd, and Allman tunes! It was a blast..... Kevin

 

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 05:24 PM
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Derek, You mean you would actually confess to to knowing that coot Dallas Moore....lol. Dallas is an old pal ever since the Poison Whiskey band. Ask him about the time I brought Leon Wilkenson (Skynyrd) into the Knotty Pine. They had Leon playing The Jack(AC/DC) plus Skynyrd, and Allman tunes! It was a blast..... Kevin



I will ask him. Dallas has a new album out, by the way, where he finally showcases his talent in a way that reflects his roots. His Momma is an old time player, as is many of his kin, and he went to Northern Kentucky University on a jazz scholarship. I know the Knotty Pine well. I haven't seen or jammed with him in a while. He does as good a solo take on Marshall Tucker's "Fire On The Mountain" as anyone else who has attempted it.

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 05:39 PM
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We are gonna have to put together a festival with the above mentioned names! I was reading an article the other day about a Cincy Pop Festival they had in 1970. Grand Funk, Ten Years After, Cactus, Canned Heat, Johnny Winter, and a bunch of others. I don't remember it as I was 12 at the time. Any info on this would be appreciated.

 

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 10:48 PM
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Jerry's Little Band - a heck of a disco outfit, I have to say. They get the crowd dancing the Hustle by the third song every time. With mirror ball will travel.



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We are gonna have to put together a festival with the above mentioned names! I was reading an article the other day about a Cincy Pop Festival they had in 1970. Grand Funk, Ten Years After, Cactus, Canned Heat, Johnny Winter, and a bunch of others. I don't remember it as I was 12 at the time. Any info on this would be appreciated.


Was that the festival held at Crosley Field? I have some footage of the Festival held there dated 6/70. It has Grand Funk, Mountain, Iggy Pop, and Traffic filmed and edited by a local TV station.

There was another festival held at the zoo with Grand Funk, Vanilla Fudge, Paul Butterfield, and a couple of local acts. That was in 1969 I think . Great show.

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 11:45 PM
Sonny is the man! Willie had me go up to Miss when I was about 15 and played with him. I almost passed out when Dan Toler was there.

 

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  posted on 4/21/2008 at 11:46 PM

Sonny is a great blues player. HTN has clips from his latest album here:

http://www.hittinthenote.com/cart/ps-755-120-sonny-moormanbrlive-at-the-cin cy-blues-festbrclick-here-for-song-samples.aspx

 

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  posted on 4/22/2008 at 04:23 AM
Thanks to all for helping me get Sonny the recognition he deserves! Tom, I'm not sure where that show in 70 was held. I've been trying to get some info for a couple weeks now. Some guy from Dayton had a bunch of pictures that his brother had taken. On the back, they were marked Cincinnati Pop Festival 1970. Unfortunatelly, his brother has passed away. Tony, I will tell Sonny you said hi. Thats a very cool story! Thanks to you too Hophead. HTN, and HTW amaze me with the knowledge of music, and resources.

 

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  posted on 4/22/2008 at 08:28 PM
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Sonny is the man! Willie had me go up to Miss when I was about 15 and played with him. I almost passed out when Dan Toler was there.

sonny asked about you last sat. he and i were on the same bill doing acoustics for a breast cancer benefit. twas a good evening

 

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  posted on 4/22/2008 at 08:45 PM
I may be prejudiced, but Sonny is a seasoned, dyed in the wool, accomplished bluesman. I don't know if anyone put in this shameless plug so I shall - his CD's can be found by emailing Willie Perkins at whp0854@webtv.net. Tell him Lizzie sent you.
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Great to see his name mentioned here. He is one of the extended family musicians that hasn't gotten much recognition since he doesn't tour much. Cincy bluesfans KNOW what the rest of the country is missing Y'all should catch up.

 

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  posted on 4/25/2008 at 02:43 PM
Sonny very well respected in the musician community here in Dayton as well. Used to do the occasional gig here but haven't seen him up this way in a while. While the Dayton music scene (blues/rock) has some great history--which has sometimes meshed with Cincy--right now it's in a lot of disarray albeit with a few exceptions. Sadly, mostly full of Stevie Ray wanna-bees.....get their 'strat--eee---caster' on, learn the 'upstroke' and the sideways foot shuffle and they're a 'hit'! YUK! SORRY....I digress....

Also, to digress a little more....re: Cincy 'festival's of old....anybody remember--or at--the Cincinnati 'GARDEN PARTY'.....circa '72 I'll guess....??? As I remember....Pure Food & Drug Act, Harvey Mandel, Curtis Mayfield, Joe Walsh's Barnstorm, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Edgar Winter I believe....and Flo' & Eddie.....that show was a doooozy!

 

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Sonny very well respected in the musician community here in Dayton as well. Used to do the occasional gig here but haven't seen him up this way in a while. While the Dayton music scene (blues/rock) has some great history--which has sometimes meshed with Cincy--right now it's in a lot of disarray albeit with a few exceptions. Sadly, mostly full of Stevie Ray wanna-bees.....get their 'strat--eee---caster' on, learn the 'upstroke' and the sideways foot shuffle and they're a 'hit'! YUK! SORRY....I digress....

Also, to digress a little more....re: Cincy 'festival's of old....anybody remember--or at--the Cincinnati 'GARDEN PARTY'.....circa '72 I'll guess....??? As I remember....Pure Food & Drug Act, Harvey Mandel, Curtis Mayfield, Joe Walsh's Barnstorm, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Edgar Winter I believe....and Flo' & Eddie.....that show was a doooozy!

I don't remember the show "Garden Party" 72. My first show was Jethro Tull Aqualung Tour at Millet Hall in Oxford Oh. That was about 72.

 

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  posted on 4/25/2008 at 08:35 PM
http://youtube.com/watch?v=hqlAoAWNSyE
Enjoy some Sonny!

[Edited on 4/26/2008 by Mulehead1]

 

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