None of these tracks are on his myspace, as of yet. Sonny has that real 70's songwriter feel for me, like Neil Young and 'Everybody knows this is nowhere'. That lazy Sunday, record spinning away feel, lots of classic instrumentation, pianos, acoustic guitar, slow lazy feel songs about drinking, love, the bullshit of life. Bottom line he's a timeless songwriter, well jack of all trades really, he's illustrating comics, crossing over in all kinds of ways. A modern Townes Van Zandt...this is life, I've got some finely crafted songs that are full of the road, hard times and the bottom of a bottle. It's real country, not that label that plays on the radio, but some kind of hard american experience.
Sonny's site says about the single:
In March of 2009, he gained another residency through The Headlands Center for the Arts to begin a large project called “100 records” in which 100 artists make 7” record covers of fictional bands that he supplies the music for. The show debuts for a five week run at Gallery 16 in San Francisco in April 2010.
Get it from Future Stress, where they still have blue and yellow swirl and bonus comics still available.
Helmed by the acclaimed songwriter, playwright, author & onetime troubadour piano man Sonny Smith, The Sunsets hail from San Francisco’s Ocean Beach district and feature a revolving door lineup that now permanently includes Kelley Stotlz, Ryan Browne and Tahlia Harbour. Friends and neighbors including John Dwyer (Oh Seas) and Tim Cohen (Fresh & Only’s) appeared to contribute to their debut LP, Tomorrow is Alright (available through our friends @ Soft Abuse Records).
Sonny & The Sunsets’ first release on Future Stress Recordings comes in the form of a four song 7”. Three of the songs were recorded at a Headlands Center for the Arts residency in March 2009, and are not featured on the full-length.
Limited quantities of black or blue-yellow vinyl; the first 100 orders will receive an exclusive comic book – Zig Speck: Phenomenal Musician, Colorful Carouser – written & illustrated by Sonny.