The eagerly anticipated CD from singer-songwriter, guitarist Sonny Hess is both a musical triumph and a triumph of will.
The date set for this exciting event is May 17 at 7 p.m. The venue is The Kennedy School McMenamins Gym located at 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., Portland. This is an all-ages event.
Fans will rejoice in the passion and energy of the new original music on the album All Aces by The Sonny Hess Band. The music is symbolic of a walk through fire and the joy of survival. The few cover tunes are presented with freshness and a new excitement that tells you it’s for real.
Hess survived cancer only to have her home burn to the ground. Family, friends and fans rallied to her support and she was determined to show her appreciation, not allowing these life experiences to beat her but to grow through her music.
Hess’ lyrics to I’m Not Leavin’ You, I’m Already Gone reveals a confidence and strength gained from adversity, as does her newest tune of personal experience Gotta Win It. Hess is fronting the band for the first time on an album; the honesty and emotion in her voice has an understanding few singers show as she drifts from low growls to a trembling falsetto that is almost a scream. It brings a depth to the band it has not shown before.
The connection with her bandmates has deepened with a new intensity; lively riffs are tossed back and forth with unabashed pleasure. It’s true satisfaction of lovin’ what you’re doing. Each player seems to have reached for new heights and totally deserve the All Aces attribution.
Drum/percussion man Mr. Kelly Pierce is like a brother to Hess, as they have played together for over 15 yrs. He is in sync with her groove and knows how to anticipate her every move. He is an emotional player with dynamics that make him an “Ace” up their sleeve.
It has been said that Jim Hively, veteran bass player and back up vocalist, has the best tone in the region; but he would say, “Aw, just the way I play, my attack.” Hively’s playing sends audiences running toward the dance floor and inspires other bassists to emulate his style.
Saxman Kevin Labaron, nominated for sax player of the year by the Cascade Blues Association, has impeccable pitch and a bluesy dirty tone. His solos are heartfelt, gut-felt and sensual. He is definitely chocolate sauce dripping with soul.
Special guests Lisa Mann and Jimi Lund are on the CD and will be performing that evening.
Eminently danceable, All Aces is also a complex and talented musical accomplishment. Quoting one of Hess’ own lyrics; “You know you can win after losin’ sometimes….” This album proves it!
Join them May 17 at The Kennedy School Gym and share with Hess what she feels is her best work to date! Call 503-249-7474 for more details on this event, and see Bandstand this issue for The Sonny Hess Band’s complete schedule.