Sonny Smith is an American musician, playwright and multimedia artist residing in San Francisco, California.
Life and work
Smith began playing blues piano in bars when he was nineteen years old. Skipping between the Rocky Mountains of Denver, San Francisco, and Central America, he began to write original songs, short stories and plays. Smith’s travels in Central America inspired his narrative approach and original style of folk music.
In 2003, Smith was commissioned by Watchword literary magazine to make a CD of one-act plays delivered as songs. This project led Smith in a new direction, incorporating theatre and dialogue into his evolving approach to music. At the Headlands Center for the Arts, he was awarded a residency in May 2005 to create a feature-length musical, The Dangerous Stranger, which included guest performers such as folk singer Jolie Holland, local singer Peggy Honeywell (artist Clare Rojas), Miranda July, and set designer Daniel Tierney.
He wrote his album, Antenna to the Afterworld, based on some paranormal experiences he had.
Involvement with Mark Eitzel
- "Brooklyn based Music Blog: Album Review : Sonny & The Sunsets - Antenna to the Afterworld (Indie Pop)". Stillinrock.com. 2004-02-26. Retrieved 2015-04-05.