Sonny Rhodes – Memorial

Genre: Blues

Legendary Texas Blues Man, Sonny Rhodes hails originally from Smithville, Texas the son of sharecroppers but now makes his home in Antioch, CA. He is an American blues singer and songwriter featuring lap steel and electric guitar, who traded picking cotton for picking guitar. His music ranges from high-energy, riffs and stomp blues to soulful, heartrending laments.  Sonny doesn’t mince through other people’s musical ideas. The style and sound you hear is all his own. Sonny credits as his main influences T-Bone Walker, Pee Wee Crayton, Bessie Smith, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and BB King.

The self-proclaimed ‘Disciple of the Blues’ has been nominated 15 times for the Blues Music Awards winning the Instrumentalist-Other category in 2011.

Sonny Rhodes recorded his first single in 1958 in Austin, “I’ll Never Let You Go When Something Is Wrong” and also learned to play the bass guitar. He played bass for blues legends Freddie King and Albert Collins. He also spent some time serving his country in the Navy, enlisting right out of high school. After his stint in the Navy, Sonny returned to California and began recording again in 1966. He has never looked back since. He has recorded over two hundred songs and has played and sung for fans of blues around the world. In the 1980’s Sonny began touring and recording frequently across Europe which he continues to do to this day. Rhodes also recorded and performed the theme music for the Firefly television series, “The Ballad of Serenity”.

Sonny passed away in early 2022 and will be missed but always remembered in his music. R.I.P. Sonny Rhodes.

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Sample music of Sonny Rhodes.

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Recent bookings:

  • Buddy Guy’s Legends, Chicago, IL
  • Chicago Blues Festival – Chicago, IL
  • Biscuit’s & Blues – San Francisco, CA
  • San Francisco Blues Festival – San Francisco, CA
  • The Union Room, San Francisco, CA
  • Hayward Russell City Blues Festival – Hayward, CA
  • Fresno Blues Festival – Fresno, CA
  • Terra Blues, New York, NY
  • Patersdreef Blues Festival – Tielt, Belgium
  • Vallemaggia Magic Blues – Vallemaggia, Switzerland
  • The Hume Hotel, Nelson, BC, Canada
  • Doc Willoughby’s, Kelowna, BC, Canada
  • The Blue Gator, Kelowna, BC, Canada
  • Ottawa Bluesfest – Ottawa, ONT, Canada
  • RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest Ottawa – LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Calgary Blues Festival – Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Zoli’s, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Bo Diddly’s Roadhouse, Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Blues On Whyte, Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Granite Curling Club, Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Antone’s – Old Location, Austin, TX
  • The Small Planet, East Lansing, MI
  • Sun Banks Blues Festival – Electric City, WA
  • Pickle’s Blues Extravaganza – Lima, OH
  • Stan Hope House – Stan Hope, NJ
  • Musicamdo Jazz and Blues Festival – Vapore Italy
  • so many more….

 Discography (Partial)

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Sonny Rhodes Typical Set List (Originals)

Blues highway Truth hurts
 Since I met you baby Shake Your hips
 Tell Me the truth  Traveling Bluesman
I wanna get your boggie Anne Mae Café
Big bag O’blues Good Man, Good Woman
 She’s not happy unless she’s sad Life’s rainbow
 Win-win Situation Beside myself
 Love and harmony  Texas Stomp
Shame on You Rainy Day
 Blue Diamond Meet me at the 10th Street Inn
Blues is my religion  Blues Walk
 Ain’t no blues in town Blue Monday
 Since I met you baby  Smithville, Texas
 I’m back again In love with you baby
 House without love The Ballard of Serenity

More info at: Sonny Rhodes Official Band Web Site