Tomorrow is Alright

Sonny Smith is a native of San Francisco, but it wasn't until he moved to Gunnison, Colorado that he got started with music. While there he worked as a professional musician, playing blues piano in various bars. He moved to Denver and made a name for himself there, but before long headed to Costa Rica to work on an Organic Farm. While there, Smith began writing songs, plays and short stories in earnest.

In 1996 Sonny Smith returned to San Francisco, where he once again found work as a blues pianist. Before long Smith abandoned the piano and began performing his own unique long-form story songs. He continued to write short stories and plays, and even wrote & directed a film. He released a steady string of solo records throughout the early 2000s, and even toured in support of Neko Case. With the help of friends Shayde Sartin, Tim Cohen and Kelley Stoltz, started the band Sonny & the Sunsets in 2007.

Since then, The Sunsets have seen a cast of players pass through the ranks, but Smith's voice, snakey guitar and one-of-a-kind songs remain at the fore. The band recorded their debut LP, Tomorrow is Alright, in various apartments in the Mission District in 2007 and 2008. In early 2009, shortly after the release of the band's debut 7" single Love & Death, Sonny Smith completed a songwriting residency at Marin Headlands. Tomorrow is Alright was released by Soft Abuse & Secret Seven in autumn 2009.

Sonny Smith homepage
Sonny & The Sunsets on MySpace
Secret Seven Records
Fat Possum
100 Records Blog
Home Skillet Records
Chuffed Records
Future Stress Recordings
Turn Up Records
This is My Story, This is My Song CD (2002, Jackpine Social Club) [as Sonny Smith]
Sordid Tales of Love and Woe CD (2003, self released) [as Sonny Smith]
One Act Plays CD (2005, self released) [as Sonny Smith]
Fruitvale CD (2006, Bellesound) [as Sonny Smith]
Love & Death 7" + comic book (2009, Soft Abuse)
Broom & Dustpan 7" (2009, Home Skillet)
Tomorrow is Alright LP (2009, Soft Abuse / Secret Seven)
Tomorrow is Alright CD (2010, Fat Possum)
The Hypnotist 7" (2010, Future Stress)
100 Records: Volume 1 CD/box (2010, Gallery 16)
100 Records: Volume 2 5 x 7"/box (2010, Turn Up Records)