Secret Seven Records, SF has released the 2005′s self-released album by Sonny Smith (of Sonny & The Sunsets) “One Act Plays” on vinyl for the first time!
Sonny Smith – Troublesome Affair (from “One Act Plays”)
Sonny Smith – Eddie And Rita (from “One Act Plays”)
And Sonny & The Sunsets’ new album “Longtime Companion” will be soon available on June 26th on their new label Polyvinyl Records.
|“One Act Plays” CD (2005)|
“The songs on One Act Plays started out as real one act plays written for the theater. But in writing them I began to make them songs at some point. I can’t remember when this mysterious shift happened…….. I had a few influences at the time I was writing them. One was Terry Allen’s Juarez, a concept record with recurring characters. Also I was really into Sam Shepard at the same time so I was reading a lot of his stuff. A few of the songs, like ‘Eddie and Rita’ even have some stage directions lifted directly from one of his plays. The song ‘Following Father’ took a bunch of facts from my dad’s cousin, a Texan who always had some get rich quick scheme that never lasted. I was trying to make some kind of Tennessee Williams like thing apparently. Epic! Large! Family! Redemption! Well, anyway, most of these plays are fictional, except for ‘Freaks In Space’ and ‘Honey Roy Rockwell’. Those two are the complete truth. The terrible truth.” –Sonny Smith
Guests for “One Act Plays” are Neko Case, Edith Frost, Mark Eitzel, Rico Bell, Jolie Holland, Peggy Honeywell, Virgil Shaw, Eugene & Akire Chen, Andy Cabic, and John Dwyer.