Friday, April 10, 2009
Local Musician of the Day
Say the name "Sonny Moorman" to any music fan in the Cincinnati area, and surely they will known who you're talking about. Hell...you could say his name to any music fan in the midwest, and chances are they've probably heard of him.
Sonny Moorman is a very hard working, living blues legend, that the city of Cincinnati should be blessed to call their own. His style is often compared to that of Warren Haynes, of the Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule.
In 1994, the Sonny Moorman Group was formed, a power trio consisting of Marc Hoffman on bass and Dave Fair on drums. They were signed the very same year to 706 Records/Sun Studio at the 1994 Crossroads in Memphis.
They have built their success, not through releasing albums (as they only have a few out), but by constantly playing out live. Doing about 300 shows a year, they play everywhere from small clubs to regional festivals.
They have won numerous awards including...
CEA "Best Blues Artist" (2006, 2007)
Cincinnati Blues Challenge "Single/Duo" (2006)
Budweiser True Music Search (2004, 2005)
They are managed by William Perkins of Republic Artists Management. He was a long-time tour manager of the Allman Brothers Band, as well as their co-personal manager of their 20th anniversary reunion. 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band. Perkins has also been directly involved with Greg Allman, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Tinsley Ellis, among several others associated with Strike Force Management.
Sonny and Marc run the Rock School, in Cincinnati.
"Moorman can blister through metal blues, get raunchy with heavy slide, cry like an Atlanta Brave after the World Series, and be delicate and precise..." - Buz Morrison, GUITAR Magazine
"The premier local blues-rock guitarist" - Rick Bird, The Cincinnati Post
"Moorman's blazing guitar work is awe-inspiring, full of an overabundance of feeling, talent, and ingenuity." - Mike Breen, Cincinnati CityBeat Magazine
Plenty of chances to catch Sonny this month...
Sunday's at Yardbirds. Monday's at Shady O' Grady's. Tuesday's at the Hitching Post. Wednesday's at Burbank's Woodshed Acoustic Jam & Songwriter's Night. Thursday's Open Jam at Burbank's
On the weekend...
Saturday, April 18 - Guitar Lover's Store, Kenwood Rd, 4-6 pm
Friday, April 24 - Shady O' Grady's
Saturday, April 25 - KC's Pub, Milford, 9:30-1:30 am