$8 in advance/$8 at the door
8:30pm doors/9pm showtime
From karaoke bars to festival stages, Sonny Knight has been knocking out audiences for years. Though best known for his recent work with dynamic backing band The Lakers, Sonny’s musical roots extend back much further. In 1965, Knight was Little Sonny Knight, a 17-year-old soul singer from Jackson Mississippi with a 45 rpm single, “Tears on My Pillow,” recorded with his Minneapolis group the Cymbals. He then spent much of the 1970’s with the R&B group Haze. Eventually growing frustrated with the music business, he stepped away and spent over 20 years driving a truck cross-country. However, in 2013 Sonny made a triumphant return to performing through his association with Secret Stash records, subsequently releasing two albums with The Lakers and embarking several tours. While traveling with the Lakers, Sonny would often talk music with bassist Nick Salisbury & guitarist Blair Krivanek, particularly his love for country and blues. Soon after, a demo session including singer/songwriter Ray Barnard and drummer Jordan Carlson solidified the band.
Perhaps due to his southern roots and years on the road, Sonny’s musical interests are uncommonly broad. Whether it’s Vince Gill, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Latimore or Wilco, he’s eager to sing it. The Rotations present the opportunity for him to explore many of these influences.
WHERE WOULD I BE WITHOUT YOU is Ray Barnard’s second solo LP
It’s self-produced & largely self-performed. Ray recorded it at the Blatz Litehaus, Barking Jack, RealPhonic, and Horseshoe Road studios.
It continues the direction of Ray’s last LP, Tinted Windows to the Soul, in a soul/roots vein. This time, though, the performances are more stripped down and intimate, the songs are more direct. The arrangements run a gamut from early 60’s pop-soul (i.e. The Impressions) to 70’s soul (i.e. Bill Withers) to modern country-blues (i.e. R.L. Burnside re-mixes)
Rat had good help from: guitarist/drummer Jeremy Johnson, arranger/guitarist Erik Koskinen, Mixer/arranger Jared Miller, guitar/dobro/steel player Jim Nee, singer/writers Clark Adams, Frederick Thomas, Bridgette Kelly, Emmaline Muchmore, writer J.J. Longmuir, drummer Richard Medek, and percusssionist Marc Johnson-Pencook.
Before these solo records, Ray led the roots-rock group, The Copperheads, for twelve years. We produced three LPs, Country & Blues Revue, Cold Mississippi, and This Train Is Gainin’.
The Copperheads played shows with Junior Brown, Chris Scruggs, Rosie Flores, The Iguanas, Randy Weeks, Charlie Robison, Shooter Jennings, Ty Herndon, Jack Ingram, and the mighty Oak Ridge Boys.
Ray Barnard also played sideman to singer-songwriters, Frederick O’Neil Thomas (of Natural Selection), Bill Geezy (of Stoney Lonesome), Molly Maher, and Erik Koskinen.