2014 Cincy Blues Challenge 6/8/14 -- photo by Tom Thiem
I, and our band -- Chris Perreault,
Dave Fair, and Mike Sonderman -- am honored to represent the Cincy Blues Society in the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, by virtue of winning the 2014 Cincy Blues Challenge.
We offer our congratulations to all of the fine acts that competed, and truly feel that this was the most talent-filled Challenge
in which we have ever taken part.
More than just a Blues-Rock
artist, award-winning guitar player Sonny Moorman balances his signature smoking-hot riffs with a hard-rocking precision and
feel born deep in the Blues ethos. Seeming to channel inspiration from elsewhere, his world-class playing is at once both
transcendental and firmly grounded in reality, captivating audiences nationwide. The music is original, complex and never
stale, with relatable lyrics and a sound that conjures up masters like Duane Allman, Lonnie Mack, and Freddy King. Still,
Moorman has forged his own intoxicating style throughout his decades-long career, which firmly establishes him as one of the
last great authentic roadhouse players.
Moorman and his band headlined 2012 GABBAfest
(where he played Duane Allman’s Guitar!) and the Blues stage at the 2010 Montreal Jazz Fest. He appeared as a Band Finalist
at the 2010 International Blues Challenge and won 2nd place in the IBC Solo/Duo competition in 2007. Moorman has released
a number of CDs throughout his career, garnering critical acclaim and commercial success – including an excellent review
of his latest release, More Live As Hell, by Blues Revue Magazine. Other accolades include being selected 2008 Blues Artist
on the Rise by Blues Festival Guide Magazine.
Now, after being a Power Trio for two decades,
the Sonny Moorman Group is proud to announce the addition of Mike Sonderman on Hammond B-3 organ. Along with the rhythm section
that has powered the SMG for many years – Dave Fair on Drums and Chris Perreault on Bass, the band is back on Atlas
Records and has a new release, "Lucky 13" slated for Summer 2014!
music Journalist Randy McNutt may have said it best,
"He can flat-out play—and sing…
Sounds have been passed from blues giant Freddy King to Lonnie Mack to Sonny Moorman."
"Although listeners can hear the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rory Gallagher, Lonnie Mack, and
Peter Green in his music, any comparison does him no justice. Basically, Sonny sounds like Sonny, with a fat, creamy, and
wonderful power blues resonance."
Brian D. Holland, Blues Revue Magazine
"In the best tradition of power trios, Moorman delivers the crunch and the
wow!" -- Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine
Acoustic and electric guitars, vocals,
and Porchboard bass
is deftly fingerpicking his Zeiler acoustic guitar, or playing sinewy slide on his Oahu lap guitar and Dobro resophonic guitar,
this is classic Blues -- played and sung the way it was supposed to be. The Real Deal! -- SonicBids
SONNY MOORMAN CHOSEN AS "BLUES ARTIST ON THE RISE 2008" BY BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE MAGAZINE!
SONNY MOORMAN TAKES SECOND PLACE AT THE 2007 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE (SOLO/DUO) IN MEMPHIS!!!
"Sonny Moorman - Live at the Cincy Blues Fest" is a semi-finalist in the 2007 International Blues Challenge "Best
Self-Produced CD" competition
the advice of the late Bill Ector of Hittin The Note Magazine: "Sonny Moorman's award-winning blues is something
you need to hear."
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Mp3 tracks here are from the
LIVE AS HELL CD, CROSSROADS MOTEL,
and previous recordings.
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