Nothing but the Lowdown blues...
Sunny Lowdown plays the raw, deep blues, drawing from the music of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Jesse Mae Hemphill and R.L. Burnside. Some critics have described Sunny’s music as “swamp music”, but Sunny shuns labels. “I’m just me -- Sunny Lowdown, ” he says. "If you want to categorize it, call it 'Sunny Side Up'." Sunny started playing professionally at an early age. He was only sixteen when he first backed up John Lee Hooker. He went on to work with many of his favorite blues musicians: Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin, Muddy Waters pianist Pinetop Perkins, Chicago blues legends Otis Rush and George “Wild Child” Butler, Fat Possum recording artists R.L. Burnside and Cedell Davis, and others. “I like my music raw, and then I cook it up,” he says. “But I never over cook it."
Just released! More lowdown blues from Sunny Lowdown!
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“I’m down loaded, people I’m a hard driving man” Sunny Lowdown sings on the title track of his new CD Down Loaded. “I’m a steady streamer baby, doing the best I can”. Unfortunately love hasn’t been going well lately for Sunny: “I’ve got a woman, my stream don’t do her no good. She’s been working a new playlist, out in another neighborhood.”
Sunny Lowdown sings blues for the 21st century, and this second release is chock full of hard times and the humor required to get through them. Backing himself up with fine, muscular guitar picking, Sunny continues the tradition he began with his critically acclaimed first CD, “The Blues Volume Low”, which was selected as “Blues CD Of The Year” by Spokane Public Radio. Down Loaded contains 7 tracks penned by Sunny, and five tracks of traditional tunes reaching back to bluesmen like Li’l Son Jackson, J.B. Lenoir and Lightnin’ Hopkins. Sunny’s own tunes range from “Texting Blues”, about a couple who can’t sustain a conversation, to the aching longing of “A Girl I Once Knew”, to the toe tapping swing of the instrumental “That’s Enough”. It is soulful, heartfelt blues that takes its time and only says what needs to be said -- not a word or note more.