I went off the deep end for Sonny Smith about a month ago and now I want to do it all over again. Sonny’s new record, Fruitvale, is a concept record that takes place in Sonny’s Oakland neighborhood. The fact that these stories are either real or at least base on real characters make them all the more effective. In the song “Mr. Low”, Sonny’s need to save Celeste from life on the corner (and from Mr. Low) is a human emotion that we all have but one rarely put into song (let alone prose). Buy it here from (((Belle Sound))).
Btw, as I said in the last post (((BelleSound))) is Chuck Prophet’s new label and Fruitvale is his inaugural release. There’s a pretty good little piece in Harp about this new endeavor from former Green On Red frontman. Here’s a quote:
“The characters in Sonny’s songs are so real, don’t be surprised if they crawl out of your speakers and bum your last smoke off you,” says Prophet. “I wouldn’t wish running a label on my worst enemy. Sonny is so good I had no choice.”
Chuck Prophet doing one of his classic songs “After The Rain”