The Sonny Moorman Group is a Cincinnati, Ohio based Blues/Rock band in the classic "power trio" format, consisting of Sonny Moorman - guitar & vocals, Marc Hoffman - bass, and Jamie Combs - drums & vocals. Sonny and the band are nine-time winners of CAMMY awards (Cincinnati Area Music awards sponsored by the Cincinnati Enquirer Newspaper). The band was formed in 1994 and was signed to its first recording deal by 706 Records/Sun Studio at the 1994 Crossroads in Memphis. Since then the band has played 300 nights a year and has performed at regional festivals and clubs and toured the US with Easyriders Magazine, performing at all their events.
MOST RECENTLY -- the Sonny Moorman Group was picked as a Super Six finalist in the 97Xposure 2003 Music Competition [woxy] 97Xposure 2003, and a winner in the Budweiser True Music Search 2004 and 2005 102.7 WEBN - The Lunatic Fringe of American FM
Sonny has two prior releases on Sun Studio/706 Records -- Telegraph Road and L*I*V*E which received nationwide airplay and positive critical response. The Sonny Moorman Group has also released three CDs on the independent Atlas Records label which also received national airplay and strong regional sales.
The Sonny Moorman Group is managed by William Perkins for Republic Artists Management. William Perkins was long time tour manager of The Allman Brothers Band and co-personal manager of their twentieth anniversary reunion. He was also directly invoved for many years in the personal management of Gregg Allman, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tinsley Ellis and others through his association with Strike Force Management.
NEW! Please check out the full length video of our show at the 2004 WEBN/Toyota Riverfest.
We've put together and Electronic Press Kit (EPK) complete with MP3s, and picture and text downloads for your convenience.
Republic Artists Management
2919 Audubon Drive
Macon, GA 31204-1129
ph.. (478) 475-9909
fax (478) 476- 8236
Sonny Moorman Group
2550 Service Lane
Hamilton, OH 45011
ph. (513) 544-6912
Please visit our website The Sonny Moorman Group (www.sonnymoorman.com) for further info.
"[Moorman and his band] take the blues ethos, plant it in the garden of their own experience, and let it grow into something which is natural, unforced, blues-drenched, and rocks like crazy." -- Bill Shute, BLUES-L
"Moorman plays guitar with precision, conviction, and a natural flow. The...songs [on Telegraph Road] are chock full of sinewy lyrics and hooks that sink deep." -- Tom Clarke, Hittin' the Note magazine
"Power Blues is an apt description for a trio that treads the territory laid out by ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the Allman Brothers. Watch out for these guys." -- BLUES ACCESS Magazine
"[Moorman] can blister through metal blues, get raunchy with heavy slide, cry like an Atlanta Brave after the World Series, and be delicate and precise..." -- Buz Morrison, GUITAR Magazine"
"The premier local blues-rock guitarist" -- Rick Bird, The Cincinnati Post
"Sonny Moorman...pounding, high-volume blues/rock that opens the throttle..." -- LIVING BLUES Magazine
"Moorman's blazing guitar work is awe-inspiring, full of an overabundance of feeling, talent, and ingenuity." -- Mike Breen, Cincinnati CityBeat Magazine
and -- More Big News. The Cincy Blues Society is sponsoring our new CD, Crossroads Motel, as the "Best Self-Produced CD" in the 2006 International Blues Challenge.
The IBC, through its panel of distinguished judges, has been the measure of excellence for a band's live performance, the Best Self Produced CD award honors artists that have achieved excellence in the studio. The purpose of this award is to assist Blues musicians in the pursuit of their professional goals. This award complements the International Blues Challenge-the live music component of IBC Weekend. See More info at Blues Foundation :: Best Self-Produced CD Contest
Here are some reviews:
Cincinnati CityBeat : 10/12/2005 : Locals Only: Local Disc-O-Mania
* THE SONNY MOORMAN GROUP CROSSROADS MOTEL (ATLAS RECORDS)
Crossroads Motel is a fitting title for the latest from the Sonny Moorman Group. The trio has not only visited the cross section between Blues and Rock -- they've grabbed a room and set up camp for the long haul. (Hope they don't charge by the hour!) Moorman is a masterly guitarist and vocalist, well versed in Blues' various forms. But as Crossroads expertly shows, it's a fool's move to try to pin Moorman down to just one thing. The album kicks off with the crackle of old vinyl before kicking in full-bore for the slide-guitar and harmonica-drenched "Rainmaker," which is reminiscent of Alt.Blues revivalist The Black Keys in its riff-and-melody mirror imaging. After throwing stakes down in the Blues, Moorman and Co. jam the gears and skid into "I Forget to Forget You," a remarkable, highly melodic slab of Heartland Rock that wouldn't be out of place on your favorite Rock radio station. From there, the trio skips between roadhouse rumble ("Texas Blues"), sky-is-cryin' balladry ("Last Call"), Hendrixian expansiveness ("Remembering Cal"), creeping, smoky swingers ("Blues After Dark"), monstrous Riff Rock ("Chance We Take For Love," "House of Thunder") and reverential acoustic minimalism ("Souled Out"), never sounding like musical tourists at any turn. The Sonny Moorman Group is the full package -- ace chops, soulful vocals, proficient songwriting and a daredevilish adventurousness that not only helps make the band dynamic and multifarious, but also gives them a distinct identity in a field where distinctiveness isn't always evident, let alone celebrated. The Sonny Moorman Group plays Ivey's Pub Friday and Saturday. (Mike Breen) Grade: A-
The Sonny Moorman Group
The Sonny Moorman Group have followed up some good time live albums in recent years with a new studio effort that finds them kicking some blues-rock tail. The title cut exemplifies the rockin' side of the band, while "Change My Mind" finds Sonny breaking out the wah-wah to good effect. "Texas Blues" is just that, Lone Star stomp that burns its groove into the wood, and "Last Call" has Sonny and his band mates, Marc Hoffman on bass and Jamie Combs on drums, slowing it down for some straight-no-chaser blues. Sonny also takes the time to pay tribute to his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio with "Remembering Cal," a sendoff to the late and great jazz guitarist Cal Collins, and a bonus track, a live version of Freddie King's "Hide Away," a song King recorded in Cincinnati and made history with. Classify this CD as 'Turn It Up.'
By Derek Halsey
Gritz Music Magazine
Cincinnati, Ohio 45240
We're very honored to be nominated by the good folks at CityBeat Magazine for the 2005 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. We're nominated in the CEA 2005 Music Blues category. Also, we are nominated for Album of the Year for our new release
Crossroads Motel. The results in the Album of the Year category are decided by the CEA nominating committee members, so please just think good thoughts:-)
BIG NEWS -- the Sonny Moorman Group won the 2005 Cincinnati Blues
This is huge for us! We'll be competing in the 2006 International Blues Challenge in Memphis
Blues Foundation :: IBC Home We'll keep you posted...