Sonny Rhodes
Calgary Bluesfest (2006, 2007), Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest (2009)

"I've got fast blues, slow blues, blues in between, up blues, down blues and blues kinda mean"

Blues guitarist, singer/writer Sonny Rhodes is such a talented songwriter, so full of musical ideas, that he's destined to inherit the acclaim that his influences such as Blues great Albert Collins had enjoyed. The hardest working Bluesman in America, he's a living legend from East Bay Oakland to the Florida coast. On any given night in North America he's heard burnin' up his lap steel guitar with the Blues. His many recordings in Europe and the United States, like his newest release, Texas Fender Bender on Greater Planet records, back this up. Sonny Rhodes recorded his first record in 1958 under his real name, Clarence Edward Smith. Throughout the last 37 years, Rhodes has recorded over two hundred songs. "I'm what you call a self-proclaimed Disciple of the Blues!" says Sonny about his years playin' and singin' for fans of Real Blues music round the world.

In Blues folklore, there's the cross roads, an infamous place where Bluesmen in search of fame make deals with the Devil. In the case of Sonny Rhodes, his deal was made in the cotton fields of Smithville Texas. However, it wasn't with the Devil, it was with God. "Blues is my religion 7 days a week!" "When you pray to God as a youngster that all you want to be is a Bluesman no one is happier to be a working practitioner of this art form than me, I knew that music was what I wanted to do. I wanted to get out and make records. I wanted to play." testifies Sonny. "I prayed to do this. And I asked the Good Lord, since I'm a religious person. Then I followed the dream. Dreams come true, I'm here to tell you. Seems sometimes like things have to get real bad before they get good. But the good outweighs the bad. I think sometimes God tests me, and so far I've stood up the test."

Sonny Rhodes