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Sonny Rhodes Memorial Benefit
March 14 @ 7:30 PM PDT
Guitarist/vocalist Sonny Rhodes aka Clarence Smith was a Texas born bluesman(1940-2021) who moved to California in the early sixties after working with artists such as Freddie King and Junior Parker. Sonny gained the respect of both guitar legends Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland both in Texas and Los Angeles. Rhodes settled in Fresno, CA first and then relocated to Oakland, CA where he recorded for Galaxy label in mid sixties.
Soon the world was Sonny’s stage as he played anywhere and everywhere, from Rome, Italy to Rome, Georgia! Rhodes and his wife Annie we’re constantly traveling with the band in their mini-van. Sonny recorded 200 original songs on 14 albums and singles over this time. Eventually anyone worth his salt in blues knew and respected “The Disciple Of The Blues” or the “Sheik Of West Oakland”.