Sonny & The Sunsets

Sonny & The Sunsets

Sonny Smith began playing Jimmy Yancey covers on piano in little mountain town clubs of Colorado when he was 18. These piano gigs led him to Denver and then into Central America where he busked up and down the Telemanca Coast with a couple friends in a band. At this time he was working on screenplays which ultimately broke apart into long-winded songs with characters and dialogues and plots. Sonny's early CDs include This Is My Story, This Is My Song, released in 2002, followed the next year by Sordid Tales of Love and Woe, Sweet Lorraine featuring Jolie Holland on harmonies.

In 2000, he wrote and directed his first short movie "Kid Gus Man." In 2005, he garnered a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts to write and perform the play The Dangerous Stranger, and received a residency in 2006 from the LAB in San Francisco to produce part two of the saga, "Stranger Danger!" Sonny also wrote "Steppin' Out," a column for the New Mission Newspaper, in addition to publishing stories in various literary magazines.

In 2005, Watchword Literary Magazine commissioned Sonny to produce One Act Plays, a CD that includes Edith Frost, Neko Case, Miranda July, Jolie Holland, Andy Cabic, Virgil Shaw, Mark Eitzel, John Dwyer and Mekons' Rico Bell, among other talented artists. Following this was the release of Fruitvale, a collaboration with Wilco's Leroy Bach and other Chicago musicians that features songs Sonny wrote about his then neighborhood in Oakland.In 2009 he released Tomorrow is Alright (soft abuse/secret seven) with his band Sonny & the Sunsets, a loose collective of musicians including Shayde Sartin & Tim Cohen of the Fresh & Onlys, Tahlia Harbour of Citay and The Dry Spells as well as Sub Pop recording artist Kelley Stoltz. The Sunsets now include Ryan Browne, Tahlia Harbour, and Kelley Stoltz. In 2009 he acted in a short film by Robert Arnold All Animals. In March of 2009, he gained another residency through The Headlands Center for the Arts to begin a large project called "100 records" in which 100 artists make 7" record covers of fictional bands that he supplies the music for. The show debuts for a five week run at Gallery 16 in San Francisco in April 2010.

Little Wings

Little Wings was formed in San Luis Obisbo, CA, and the music of Little Wings carries the landscape of its place of origin like clouds carry water vapor, to release it in a myriad of forms over a changing landscape. Little wings is a project that revolves around frontman and songwriter Kyle Field, sometimes with drummer Tim Bluhm, keyboardist/fiddle Alexi Glickman, guitar players Lee Baggett and Brett Simundson and newcomer Tom Heyman on pedal steel. His Debut Album, The Wonder City, was released in 1998 by Walking Records, and later in 2000 by Knw-Yr-Own. It has been called "a dreamy, balladic tribute to the surreal aspects of the contemporary Californian landscape." Moving to Portland, Little Wings followed up this first release with The Wonder City and Wonderue to complete their Wonder Trilogy, which consists of three albums released on K and Knw-Yr-Own Records.2002 saw the release of light green leaves (K) and In 2003 Little Wings released Harvest Joy/Octember Sketches (invisible city) a split CD only release with longtime friend and collaborator,Lee Baggett., followed by Magic Wand/Magic Wood in 2004 and Grow (K) in 2005. He released Soft Pow'r in 2007 on the band's own (RAD) imprint. Little Wings is now based out of the Bay Area and has played with the likes of Grandaddy, Lee Baggett, and Devendra Banhart,Calvin Johnson,Daniel Johnston,Michael Hurley, and is also a talented visual artist. A book of his drawings was published by the label Ahornfelder.

Little Wings is a musical project started in 1998 by Kyle Field (born in San Luis Obispo). Over time, he's been joined by assorted musicians for six records, and has also played in The Microphones and Devendra Banhart's band. "Fused a postmodern Beach Boys ideology with warm alt-country."

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