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Friday, Oct 21 2016 | 08:18
Image: 1607114 Vitality is defined as the power to live or grow, and perseverance pertains
to the qualities of moving forward when an obstacle stands in your way.
The music of soul man Sonny Knight brims with these essential life traits
because he exudes them. Along with his 7-piece powerhouse band,
The Lakers, the 68 year-old retired truck driver has created a sound that
extends much deeper than throwback soul.
After the band’s 2014 debut album, I’m Still Here, came to fruition quicker
than anyone expected, Sonny Knight and The Laker’s released a live
double album the following year. Since then they’ve been crisscrossing
the globe bringing their hard-hitting sound to theaters, performing arts
centers, festivals, and night clubs. Now, the band’s sophomore studio
set, Sooner Or Later, explores themes of overcoming adversity, love
found, love lost, and societal observation.
By focusing less on so-called groove makers and more on the
songwriting process, Knight and company harnessed the power of the
different genres that came together to shape what we have come to
know as soul music over the last 50+ years. Gospel, country, and blues
were all melded into a record that takes you on a journey through life’s
questions and emotions via nine originals and a cover of Lonnie Mack’s
Knight’s vast array of life experiences inform a worldview that give him
a unique perspective on the song writing, expressive, and storytelling
process. While he was enamored with gospel music during his youth,
which eventually led him to recording his first single in 1965, he soon
found himself exploring other opportunities. From a deployment in
Vietnam to a job as a long haul trucker, that it hasn’t been a linear path
has made him a more attuned performer. Combining this hard-earned
experience with a vivacious band whose members are half his age, the
songs and performances captured on Sooner Or Later are a perfect
blending of observation, promise, and energy.

1. Sooner or Later
2. How Long Until Someday
3. Stronger In The End
4. Help Me
5. I Could Never Get Tired
6. It’s Over
7. The Cry
8. It Had To Change
9. Why?
10. Oh, Mary

• Follow up to the bands 2014 debut album, I’m Still Here
• “New “old-school” soul music, it captures the singer sounding
as vital as ever...a wonderful album.” – NPR’s World Café
• “A retro-soul blowout of epic proportions.” – Blurt Magazine
• “A crackling soul and funk ensemble.” – WNYC
• “The Lakers are a tight and relentless sonic machine.” – The
Vinyl District
• “Proves to groove!” – KCRW Available from 18.11.2016
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