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Sonny Smith


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San Francisco, United States

Sonny Smith is a native of San Francisco, but it wasn’t until he moved to Gunnison, Colorado that he got started with music. While there he worked as a professional musician, playing blues piano in various bars. He moved to Denver and made a name for himself there, but before long headed to Costa Rica to work on an Organic Farm. While there, Smith began writing songs, plays and short stories in earnest.

In 1996 Sonny Smith returned to San Francisco, where he once again found work as a blues pianist. Before long Smith abandoned the piano and began performing his own unique long-form story songs. He continued to write short stories and plays, and even wrote & directed a film. He released a steady string of solo records throughout the early 2000s, and even toured in support of Neko Case.

Sonny’s early CDs include This Is My Story, This Is My Song, released in 2002, followed the next year by Sordid Tales of Love and Woe, Sweet Lorraine featuring Jolie Holland on harmonies.

In 2000, he wrote and directed his first short movie “Kid Gus Man.” In 2005, he garnered a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts to write and perform the play The Dangerous Stranger, and received a residency in 2006 from the LAB in San Francisco to produce part two of the saga, “Stranger Danger!”

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  • John__Lemon

    100 records vol. 3 is brilliant, definitely going back to check out more

    11 Feb 2013 Reply
  • jvtonfm

    Anyone know how to get ahold of early albums "One Act Plays" and "Sordid Tales of Love and Woe?"

    10 Nov 2011 Reply
  • azzad10

    got the Sonny & The Sandwitches EP in the mail today, really great stuff

    23 Dec 2010 Reply
  • 20hz20khz

    I love Mario!

    14 Nov 2010 Reply
  • rtrdd

    The music really depresses me.

    15 Apr 2010 Reply
  • bnkrptonselling

    can't get enough of your music, Mr. Smith.

    21 Jul 2009 Reply
  • barrettbrown

    I love you Sonny Smith! I have been listening to Who's the Monster, you or me? for about a decade now. And it is still going strong. Bless you.

    13 Aug 2007 Reply

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