SONNY RHODES IN EUROPE
Recorded live in Milano, Italy, 1980.
Format: Mp3@ 320
Time: 46:47 min.
One of the few blues steel guitarists, Sonny Rhodes was born Clarence Edward Smith on November 3, 1940 in Smithville, Texas. He was the sixth and last child of Le Roy and Julia Smith, who were sharecroppers. Rhodes began playing seriously when he was 12, although he got his first guitar when he was eight as a Christmas present. Rhodes began performing around Smithville and nearby Austin in the late '50s, while still in his teens. Rhodes lists as his guitar influences T-Bone Walker, Pee Wee Crayton and B.B. King among others. He learned to play lap steel guitar from Oakland bluesman L.C. 'Good Rockin'' Robinson.
Sonny Rhodes is such a talented songwriter, so full of musical ideas, that he's destined to inherit the to seats left open by the untimely passing of blues greats like Albert King and Albert Collins. He has recorded over two hundred songs and has been nominated eleven times for the Blues Music Awards.
"I'm what you call a self-proclaimed disciple of the blues!" said Rhodes about his years playing and singing for fans of blues around the world. He first toured Europe in 1976 and then many more times and was recorded by several European labels.
01. Mean Mistreatin' Mama (7:22)
02. I'm So Lonely (10:28 )
03. Every Day I Have The Blues (6:44)
04. Merry Christmas, Baby (11:36)
05. East Oakland California (5:07)
06. Baby Why You Treat Me So Cold (5:30)
Sonny Rhodes - Lap Steel Guitar & Vocals
Ron Thompson - Guitar
Mike Lewis - Bass
Harold Banks - Drums
Mississippi Johnny Waters - Guitar (Track 3)
Luther Tucker - Guitar (Track 3)
Little Willie Littlefield - Piano (Track 4)