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Category: Local Montana Blues scene
Date: 25 Mar 2004
Sonny Rhodes will be playing in Missoula at the Top Hat Thursday and Friday March 25 and 26 2004. You can not afford to miss him! My first experience with Sonny Rhodes was unfortunately only about 2 years ago in October. Charlie Musslewhite was playing at tbe Blue Heron in Missoula and even though it was a school night and we live about an hour away, we had to go. I try and blow a little harp and when a big man like that comes to town, ya just gotta go, especially when it is on your birthday. Well we made it through about 1-1/2 sets and I was getting the droops real bad and thinking about the long ride home and how early I had to get up the next day so we split before it was over. It was an exceptional warm evening for an October night in Montana so everyone had their doors open. As we walked out of the Blue Heron to our truck, I was hit like a moth to a light. I just was sucked into the open door of nearby Sean Kelly's by this incredibly sweet blues music emanating from what I soon discovered was a lap steel being caressed by Sonny Rhodes. I (all of a sudden) was wide awake again! After two songs we bought both of their CDs that were available for sale. Stayed for a couple more songs. I felt hurt that I loved his music so much but had never heard of him before. What a great birthday surprise! Many times when you hear someone live, you buy their CDs to support them and bring them home and it just isn't there any more, never to be played much again. Not true with Sonny Rhodes - his CDs are getting worn out. Don't miss him in Missoula March 25, 26 2004 in Missoula. He is a true bluesman. Check out his web site at http://www.sonnyrhodes.com/welcome.htm
Category: Bitter Root Blues Festival
Date: 06 Apr 2004
Stay tuned for more info on our very own blues festival in western Montana.