the Sonny Moorman Group

the Sonny Moorman Group

 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
BandBluesRock

Moorman and his band take the blues ethos, plant it in the garden of their own experience, and let it grow into something which is natural, unforced, blues-drenched, and rocks like crazy -- Bill Shute, BLUES-L

Biography

"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:
www.sonnymoorman.net

ReverbNation EPK at http://www.reverbnation.com/sonnymoormangroup

Sonicbids EPK at http://www.sonicbids.com/theSonnyMoormanGroup

Sonicbids EPK (Sonny Solo) at http://www.sonicbids.com/SonnyMoorman
Please contact:

William Perkins
Republic Artists Management
2919 Audubon Drive
Macon, GA 31204-1129
ph.. (478) 475-9909
fax (478) 476- 8236
WHP0854@MSN.COM

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

Lyrics

Souled Out

Written By: C. Moorman

"Souled Out"
Copyright 2002
C. Moorman

It's long after Midnight,
I'm at the dark end of my street
I long to lay my burden down,
but I'm still up on my feet
I stay one step ahead of the Blues,
and I fight to keep my mind from doubt
and I try to pull some soul from this old guitar
to keep from feeling all souled out

Sometimes I think of Otis
just sittin' on the dock of the bay
or I hear my man King Curtis
blowin' "Soul Serenade"
it keeps me one step ahead of the Blues,
and it frees my mind from doubt
and it helps me pull some soul from this old guitar
to keep from feeling all souled out

Souled out, souled out
don't let me be all souled out
music's what my life is all about
don't let me be all souled out

Now when my song is over,
and the last note fades away
all I want from living -- Lord, yes
is just for the people to say
"he kept me one step ahead of the Blues,
and he freed my mind from doubt,
and he always pulled some soul from that old guitar,
and he never was all souled out"

Souled out, souled out --
don't let me be all souled out
music's what my life is all about
don't let me be all souled out
don't let me be all souled out

Up to My Neck in the Blues

Written By: C Moorman

Well, it could have been the way she moved me

it could have been the way she walked

or the way she loved me in the deep dark night

or the way she babytalked

yeah, it could have been the touch of her body

it could have been the feel of her skin

but I know it was the way she left me

that put me in the spin I'm in

now I'm drowning in the pain of a love in vain

up to my neck in the blues

I tried to show her how much I loved her

do for her all I could

I'd work 25 hours 8 days a week
but the bad woman wasn't no good

'cause she used to run around with all of the fellows

who used to pass themselves off as my friends

taking all of my hard-earned pay and blowing it on other men

now I'm drowning in the pain of a love in vain

up to my neck in the blues

well, I'm sinking in deeper and deeper

like in the waters of the deep blue sea

waves coming all around me

welling up and drowning me

well, I guess I should be happy we parted

know I should be glad she's gone

but I'm still here, crying the blues

walking the floor all alone

yeah, with my blues getting deeper around me

chilling my soul to the core

filling my heart with loneliness 'til it just won't hold no more

now I'm drowning in the the pain of a love in vain

up to my neck in the blues

yeah I'm drowning in the the pain of a love in vain

up to my neck in the blues

up to my neck in the blues

up to my neck in the blues

up to my neck in the blues

Last Call

Written By: Sonny Moorman

Last Call
(Moorman, CYMOOR Music)

Used to have a family
used to have a life
I used to be a husband
Lord, I used to have a wife
Last Call
bartender says “Last Call”
come between me and my baby
One Last Call – that’s all

One more sorry morning
after one more angry night
one last time of wasting
that one last time to make things right
Last Call
bartender says “Last Call”
come between me and the Devil
One Last Call – that’s all

Bottle on the table
got my shotgun on there, too
and just one shot from either one
is all I need to do
Last Call
bartender says “Last Call”
come between me and my Maker
One Last Call – that’s all
come between me and my Maker
One Last Call – that’s all

Discography

NEW RELEASE! -- "More Live as Hell". Once again recorded by Erwin Musper, this Atlas Records release shows the band at their best playing Sonny's songs! The Sonny Moorman Group's release, "Live as Hell" on Atlas Records was recorded by acclaimed producer/engineer Erwin Musper (Jeff Beck, Van Halen, Scorpions, etc.) and shows Sonny and the band at their very best! This follows four previous releases on Atlas -- "By Request", "By Request 2", and "Sonny's Blues" -- which also received national airplay and strong regional sales. Sonny has two prior releases on Sun Studio/706 Records --"Telegraph Road" and "L*I*V*E" which received nationwide airplay and positive critical response.

Set List

The Sonny Moorman Group's sets can be as long as 4 hours and contain the original songs from their "Crossrads Motel" and "Telegraph Road" releases, as well as selected mini-sets of songs by Hendrix, Cream, ZZTOP, Allman Brothers Band, Robin Trower, Led Zepplin, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Winter, Lonnie Mack, Stevie Ray Vaughan, etc.