Portland, Oregon, USA

Original, tight & precise R&B/Blues


Sonny Hess, Northwest Blues Legend  guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, band leader. Picked up a guitar at the age of 8, by the time she was a teenager she was picking up gigs all over and played in Portland’s top bands at the time, The Koffee Band and Margo Tufo’s Blues Sisters. From there she met the show stopping, late great, Paulette Davis. This band won Portland’s music association Crystal award for outstanding R&B act of the year 1991. Paulette Davis gave Sonny the nickname ‘Sonny Smokin’ Hess’, they played together for four years and out of that came the CD “It’s About Damn Time”. After Paulette passed, Sonny continued their legacy as the Power Band always known for upbeat danceable R&B, a real energetic show. Sonny went on to be the first woman nominated in a male dominated field for Best Lead Guitar by the Cascade Blues Assoc, also holds a nomination for "Lifetime Acheivment Award" After the joining of Vicki Stevens, they went on to win Muddy Award Best New Blues Act 2013 by the Cascade Blues Assoc  She has played with, sung with and composed with many of the regions top artists, as well as opening for Etta James, Jr Walker and the All Stars, Average White Band and Bobby Womack. Sonny Hess is also widely known for her productions of the NW Women R&B Show, a specialty show she takes pride in producing. Her show has been seen by 100’s of 1,000’s over the past 20 years at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival. Sonny Hess, revered for her unflagging support of other artists in the local rhythm & blues community. She brings to the front of her stage-
True Blue-Low, rich, full bodied voice that carries the likes of Etta James, with a little of Wynonna's twang and the depth of Della Reese.
Vicki Stevens-Rainy Day Rooster Award for Best Vocals. Soulful rhythm & blues vocal style like Gladys Knight and Koko Taylor. While belting out a bluesy ballad she'll deliver a dynamic harp solo that you'll never forget.

Mr. Kelly Pierce our drum/percussion man, is like a brother to Sonny as they have played together for over 20 years. He is in sync with her groove and knows how to anticipate her next move. Kelly is an emotional player with incredible dynamics.
Bass man, veteran player, Jim Hively. It has been said that Jim has the best bass tone in the region, ask him, he’d say ‘aw, just the way I play, my attack.’ Jim’s tone sends audiences running towards the dance floor and other bass players trying to emulate.


It's About Damn Time - 1995
A Tribute to Blues Diva, Paulette Davis
Playin' with My Friends - 1996
Proximity - 1998
Fate - 1999
Girls Night Out - 2001
Jane Doe - 2001
Sonny Hess Compliation - 2002
NW Women Rhythm & Blues "Live" - 2003
Battle of the Bald "Live" - 2007
NW Women R&B Christmas CD - Lit Up - 2007
"TIME" Sonny Hess Band w/Rae Gordon - 2008
Single "Takes Love" Sonny Hess & Lady Kat- 2010
All Aces CD - 2012

Blues Alchemy CD - 2013

Gold Mine 2014

Set List

We perform many original tunes and also cover such artist as: BB King, Koko Taylor, Etta James, Melissa Ethridge, Bill Withers, Little Milton, Betty Wright, Mavis Staples, Susan Tadesci, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Joss Stone, Cold Blood, Ben Harper, The Neville Brothers, Prince, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Nora Jones, Johnny A, Doobie Brothers and more.