Sonny And The Sunsets Reflect On Their Youth


Hospitals have been good to Sonny Smith. He began singing while a patient at Warm Springs Foundation Hospital in Texas. And, at the Canyon Manor Rehabilitation Center north of San Francisco, he met drummer Kelley Stoltz. After adding Sonny’s brother and wife, Ryan Browne and Tahlia Harbour, the Sunsets were born.

Last month, Sonny and the Sunsets released their debut album Hit After Hit, and earlier this week they unveiled the music video for their new single “Reflections on Youth.” Check out the video and a full list of tour dates down below.

Summer Tour Dates

06/04 – Huichica Festival – Sonoma, CA

06/22 – 06/25 Sled Island Festival – Calgary, ALB

06/27 Waldorf Cabaret – Vancouver, BC *

06/28 The Funhouse – Seattle, WA !

07/01 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA !

07/07 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA $

07/08 The Echo – Los Angeles, CA $

07/22 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL !

07/23 Pike Room – Pontiac, MI !

07/24 Sneaky Dee’s – Toronto, ON !

07/26 Divan Orange – Montreal, QC !

07/27 North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA !

07/28 DC9 – Washington, DC !

07/29 Mercury Lounge – New York, NY !
07/30 Glasslands – Brooklyn, NY !

08/05 – 08/07 Pickathon – Happy Valley, OR

* = w/ Hunx and his Punx, Shannon and the Clams

$ = w/ Wounded Lion

! = w/ The Sandwitches

Sonny And The Sunsets Shares New B-Side, Festival Dates


Sonny Smith’s musical bio sounds a bit like Brian Wilson’s. Smith found his passion for music while a patient in a hospital in Texas. After being released to the care of his brother and wife (who would join the band), he moved to San Francisco, found himself back in psychiatric care, met a girl (Kelley Stoltz) who played drums, asked her to join the band with his brother and wife and voila! Back in 2009, while recording a triple album, a hurricane hit the area they were recording and destroyed most of the tapes. What survives of those tapes was released yesterday, April 12th, as the album Hit After Hit on Fat Possum. Their 7″ featuring the song “I Wanna Do It” comes with the surfy B-Side “Mr. Lucky.”

Sonny and The Sunsets
Hit After Hit
(Fat Possum)
Street Date: April 12, 2011

1. She Plays Yo-Yo With My Mind
2. I Wanna Do It
3. Home and Exile
4. Reflections on Youth
5. Girls Beware
6. The Bad Energy From LA Is Killing Me
7. Teen Age Thugs
8. Heart of Sadness
9. Don’t Act Dumb
10. Acres of Lust
11. Pretend You Love Me

06/04 Sonoma, CA Huichica Festival @ Gundlach
06/22 – 06/25 Calgary, ALB Sled Island Festival
08/05 – 08/07 Happy Valley, OR Pickathon