Sonny Moorman
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Sonny Moorman

Hamilton, Ohio, United States | INDIE

Hamilton, Ohio, United States | INDIE
Band Blues Acoustic


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"Sonny Moorman -- Live at the Cincy Blues Fest"

Live acoustic blues is one of God's great gifts to us, particularly when it is placed in the capable hands of Sonny Moorman. His live performance is captured on this 13-song CD that showcases some original songs alongside classic blues from Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Willie McTell and others.
From the double Robert Johnson opening of "Kind Hearted Woman Blues" and "32-20 Blues," Moorman grabs the audience and has them in his pocket for the rest of this incredible night of music. Sonny's voice conveys the spirit of the blues perfectly, as do his finger-picking and slide guitar styles. There are two original songs "Bad Woman Blues" and "Cincinnati Shuffle," named for Sonny's hometown -- that illustrate how he has learned from those who prececed him down the path.
The traditional "Amazing Grace" is presented on slide guitar as an instrumental, and Sonny's playing is exquisite as it segues into "As the Crow Flies." The familiar strains of "You Got to Move," "Statesboro Blues" and "Rollin' and Tumblin'" get the listener jumping as Moorman takes on these historical numbers and makes them his own.
Going back to Robert Johnson, Sonny leaves us with "Crossroads Blues" and perhaps one of Johnson's greatest songs, "Love In Vain." The pain in his voice is poignant and moving, and it is a wonderful way to wind up "Live at the Cincy Blues Fest." Sonny Moorman's award-winning blues is something you need to hear. - Hittin' the Note Magazine -- by Bill Ector

"Blues - the Buzz by Frank-John Hadley"

Sonny Moorman: Live at the Cincy Blues Fest! (Atlas 0008; 49:38) ***
(three stars)

Solo performer Moorman, singing and fingerpicking his acoustic guitars to an appreciative hometown audience, has his own sense of rhythm - robust, not relective - that allows him to get away with inhabiting hallowed old songs owned by greats like Robert Johnson ("32-20 Blues", three more) and Mississippi Fred McDowell ("You Got to Move"). Alert and assured, the torchbearer keeps every recieved complaint and observation interesting. Only two originals: the perfectly decent "Bad Woman Blues" and "Cincinnati Shuffle". - DOWNBEAT Magazine June 2007

"Moorman soars unplugged on new CD"

By Rick Bird
Post staff reporter

For almost 15 years now, Sonny Moorman has been known as the area's premier electric blues rocker. Now he can lay claim to one of the finest local acoustic blues artists around with a new solo set, "Sonny Moorman: Live at the Cincy Blues Fest."

Moorman has always done the occasional solo acoustic gigs but is more known for his classic electric guitar power trio with Marc Hoffmann (bass) and Dave Fair (drums). Moorman said he recorded his solo set at the July blues fest intending to use a couple pieces in a planned live double CD featuring the trio."It came out so good it got to be its own record," said Moorman, who indicated he still plans a double CD/DVD release with his full group next year.

Moorman is at his angsty best on classic blues tunes such as "Kind Hearted Woman Blues," "Crossroad Blues" and "Statesboro Blues," and he reworks a great version of his autobiographical "Cincinnati Shuffle."On the CD, he's much more experimental, using four different styles of guitars, including some great twangy, intricate work on a lap guitar for "Statesboro Blues."Moorman's such a sizzling guitar player we often forget what a solid vocalist he is. His slightly raspy, soulful vocals stand out as much as his guitar work."Doing the solo acoustic stuff has probably made me a better singer, because I've learned not to sing as hard," he said. "I have a little better control, a little nicer vocal timbre. Now, when I do the band stuff, I don't shout as much. I'm singing more and shouting less."

Moorman's behind-the-scenes co-star on the recording is Erwin Musper, the Dutch-born producer-engineer with world-class rock credentials (Van Halen, Scorpions), who settled in Northern Kentucky, building a home studio two years ago. Musper's engineering of Moorman's set is an incredibly warm and rich recording, not often captured on live projects.Moorman's CD is released on noted Macon, Ga.-based blues label Atlas, and Moorman has a management deal with Willie Perkins, the former Allman Brothers manager.

Moorman plays tonight through Saturday at Burbank's, Sharonville. Indeed, as one of the hardest working musicians around, Moorman often gigs seven nights a week at area clubs and roadhouse bars."I will be playing until I'm rich," Moorman said with a laugh.
- Cincinnati Post November 16, 2006


"Sonny Moorman - Live at the Cincy Blues Fest" Atlas Records 0008
with the Sonny Moorman Group
"More Live as Hell" Atlas Records
"Live as Hell" Atlas Records 0009
"Crossroads Motel" Atlas Records 0006
"Sonny's Blues" Atlas Records 0004
"By Request 2" Atlas Records 0003
"By Request" Atlas Records 0002
with Sonny Moorman & the Dogs
"Telegraph Road" 706 Records 706-129
"L*I*V*E" 706 Records 706-128



"I came to play" says Sonny Moorman. "I was raised in the bars my folks owned in and around Hamilton, OH and got to hear world class artists Lonnie Mack, Cal Collins, Dumpy Rice, Troy Seals, Wayne Perry, and a score of others up close and personal and learned one thing – all the hype in the world doesn't mean a thing unless you can back it up!" Those are words Sonny has lived by through the decades of roadhouses, bars, and juke joints from coast to coast. He backed it up gig after gig, night after night, and year after year until his own "hype" got too big to go unnoticed any longer. After a decade of playing rock bars in Michigan with a variety of bands and a five year "visit" to LA during which he graduated from Musician's Institute and played with "Z Deluxe" (Warren Zevon's former tour band), Moorman returned to Ohio – and to the Blues.

When Cincinnati Blues icon Big Ed Thompson suffered his debilitating stroke, Sonny was brought in to handle the guitar and vocal chores in Big Ed's band – the Cincinnati Blues All-Stars. The CBA's ETH Records release – Live at Burbank's chronicled the band during this period, and Living Blues Magazine was effusive in it's praise for Moorman's playing and singing. Not satisfied with the stylistic limitations of the All-Stars, Sonny moved on – to the Blues/Rock power trio format that is his vehicle to date.

In 1994, Moorman and his band played the Memphis Cross-Cultural Music Exposition and got a recording deal with Sun Studio's 706 Records imprint. "Gary Hardy (then Sun Studio manager) came up to me before I walked off of the stage at Blues City and offered us a deal", says Sonny. Two 706 Records releases followed – L*I*V*E and Telegraph Road. At that point Moorman started what became a four-year tour with Easyriders Magazine playing their events and became a client of manager William Perkins (Allman Bros., SRV, Tinsley Ellis). Sonny recorded his next releases on Perkins' Atlas Records label, including the 2009 Just Plain Folks, Best Blues Album / Best Blues Song nominee – Crossroads Motel, Live as Hell, and and Sonny's current release, More Live as Hell – Up to My Neck in the Blues.

In addition to the critical acclaim from these releases, Sonny is the 2007 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo 2nd place, 2008 Solo/Duo "Blues Artist on the Rise" – Blues Festival Guide Magazine, and he and his band were finalists in the 2010 International Blues Challenge.

Noted 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

To learn more about the Sonny Moorman visit his website:

ReverbNation EPK at

Sonicbids EPK at

Sonicbids EPK (Sonny Solo) at
Please contact:

William Perkins
Republic Artists Management
2919 Audubon Drive
Macon, GA 31204-1129
ph.. (478) 475-9909
fax (478) 476- 8236

Sonny Moorman Group
2550 Service Lane
Hamilton, OH 45011
ph. (513) 544-6912