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Sonny Rhodes-2012 Blues Music Award Recipient / Press

“Texas-born “triple threat” bluesman (guitar, lap steel, singer-songwriter) Sonny Rhodes is one such true-blooded originator who has earned his place in the history of blues music. Certainly, if his recording of over 200 songs, endless touring throughout Europe and North America, and numerous awards and nominations (including the W.C. Handy Award) aren’t enough evidence of Rhodes’ contribution to music, then perhaps the second annual Smithville Music Festival, held November 6, 2010, in Rhodes’ hometown of Smithville, TX, is: the Governor of Texas and the Mayor of Smithville presented Rhodes with a plaque of recognition and a key to the city, and the legendary Jimmie Vaughan beckoned attendees of the ceremony to give it up to a real blues legend by calling Rhodes to the stage. ”

“Sonny Rhodes was awarded Living Blues's award for Most Distinguished Blues Musician (Other Instrument/lap steel) for his lap steel playing.”

“Sitting on a chair, Rhodes opened up with “You’re The One” with still strong gritty vocals and locked into the rollicking shuffle mimicking the melody with swoops and trills on lap steel. On “Back Cat Bone” he hit his stride with passionate vocals and lavishing magnificent flourishes on the lap steel. Rhodes especially shined on beautiful heartfelt vocals to the ballad “Since I Met You Baby.” On the jaunty “Just In Case We Both Were Wrong” Rhodes dispensed a dose of soulful wisdom and sizzling modulation on the lap steel. He closed out the evening putting aside the guitar and standing at the microphone to deliver a soulfully incisive “Life’s Rainbow.” His gravelly vocals perfectly infused this lovely ballad with guttural growls to emphasize the ethereal lyrics. Rhodes ministered the fruit of the blues this evening again living up to his billing as the “Disciple of the Blues” and I urge you to bask in the glory of his blues if he hits your ”

“ Sonny Rhodes - Live SONNY RHODES Live in San Francisco June 3, 2011 Sonny Rhodes was honored this year by the Blues Foundation with a Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist – Other (lap steel guitar). First nominated in 1995 for the award which was then called the W.C. Handy Award, Rhodes was subsequently nominated fifteen times but, alas, was destined to be the bridesmaid and not the bride until 2011. At the ceremony held in Memphis on May 5th there were many tears of joy from those of us who hold Sonny Rhodes dear to our hearts. Rhodes ministered the fruit of the blues this evening again living up to his billing as the “Disciple of the Blues” and I urge you to bask in the glory of his blues if he hits your town. (C) 2011, Dorothy L. Hill BluesSource.com ”