Ain't No Blues In Town: Sonny Rhodes At Justine’S

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Ain't No Blues In Town: Sonny Rhodes At Justine’S
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Ain't No Blues In Town: Sonny Rhodes At Justine’S says
This Tuesday we’re turning Justine’s into a down home, get-down Juke Joint! Starring blues slide guitar legend Sonny Rhodes all the way from Oakland. The Everreadies ft Pamela Allen will get us started, backed up by the bad-assed Moeller Brothers and Bill Campbell on bass. We’ll have gumbo and cornbread, whiskey and dancing. Doors at 8pm! $15 coverrr. Dirty, sweet and low down, delta blues all night!!!!!!



Blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter Sonny Rhodes is such a talented songwriter, so full of musical ideas, that he's destined to inherit the to seats left open by the untimely passing of blues greats like Albert King and Albert Collins. Born November 3, 1940 in Smithville, TX, he was the sixth and last child of Le Roy and Julia Smith, who were sharecroppers. Rhodes began playing seriously when he was 12, although he got his first guitar when he was eight as a Christmas present. Rhodes began performing around Smithville and nearby Austin in the late '50s, while still in his teens. Rhodes listened to a lot of T-Bone Walker when he was young, and it shows in his playing today. Other guitarists he credits as being influences include Pee Wee Crayton and B.B. King. Rhodes' first band, Clarence Smith & the Daylighters, played the Austin area blues clubs before Rhodes decided to join the Navy after graduating from high school. He played bass behind Freddie King and his friend Albert Collins. After his stint in the Navy, Rhodes returned to California while in his mid-twenties, and lived in Fresno for a few years before hooking up a deal with Galaxy Records in Oakland.


Cover photo: Jitterbugging in juke joint, outside Clarksdale, Mississippi
Marion Post Wolcott, 1939.
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By: Justine's Brasserie