A vivid and idiosyncratic storyteller within the grand narrative custom of Tom Waits and Randy Newman, indie folk singer/songwriter Sonny Smith emerged from obscurity in 2003 using the cult favourite THAT IS My Story, THAT IS My Song. Given birth to in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA in 1972, Smith relocated towards the hill city of Gunnison, CO, at 17, earning money playing piano in regional clubs. 2 yrs later he resolved in Denver, playing attention-grabbing four- and five-hour units at area locations just like the Mercury Café and Muddy’s Coffeehouse. Smith continuing his nomadic presence within the years to check out, living on a natural farm within the jungles of Costa Rica and busking along the Pacific coastline. The knowledge yielded not merely songs but additionally screenplays and brief tales, and upon time for the Bay Region in 1996, Smith forgotten the piano and only acoustic guitar, crafting the jazz-tinged folk melodies and improvised lyrics that could ultimately coalesce into his self-released 2000 debut LP, Who’s the Monster…You or Me? That same 12 months he published and aimed the brief film Child Gus Guy, and in 2001 started writing a normal column, Steppin’ Out, for THE BRAND NEW Mission Newspapers. By enough time the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA label Jackpine Public Club released THAT IS My Story, THAT IS My Tune in middle-2003, Smith was living over the bay in Oakland’s Fruitvale community. Because the record started earning critical compliment, he started collaborating with Wilco bassist Leroy Bach, playing some Bay Region gigs and in 2004 planing a trip to Bach’s indigenous Chicago to record. Around that same period Smith also released the CD-R Lovely Lorraine: Sordid Stories of Like and Woe, a assortment of duets with Jolie Holland, as well as the literary journal Watchword pressed One Work Plays, some story-songs. In early 2005 Smith earned a three-month residency at San Francisco’s Headlands Middle for the Arts, re-recording both Lovely Lorraine and something Work Plays, the last mentioned featuring guest performances by performers including Tag Eitzel and Edith Frost. He spent the summertime of 2006 touring to get Neko Case, along with a season later released Fruitvale, a tune cycle motivated by his stay static in Oakland. In 2007, Smith shaped the music group Sonny & the Sunsets, which highlighted a spinning lineup of people including multi-instrumentalist Kelley Stoltz, Tahlia Harbour (the Dry out Spells), John Dwyer (Thee Oh Views), Tim Cohen, and Shayde Sartin (Skygreen Leopards). This year 2010, Sonny & the Sunsets released their full-length debut, Tomorrow Can be Alright. That same season, the Sunsets also participated in Smith’s “100 Information” present in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, where 100 performers created record coats by fictional rings for some 7″s offering music developed by Smith.
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