Sonny Knight and the Lakers @ Shank Hall | Shepherd Express

The death of the great Sharon Jones last year came as a blow to music fans everywhere, but she leaves behind one hell of a legacy. She’ll be remembered not only for the many great records she released, but also for the renewed interest in classic soul music that she helped generate. Jones opened the door for many other soul artists of a certain age to enjoy a second shot at stardom, including Sonny Knight, an old-school Twin Cities soul man and retired truck driver who, in his late 60s, finally found the chance to live out his dream of touring around the country. On the singer’s sophomore album, Sooner or Later, Knight wails with the conviction of a man a quarter his age, accompanied by the tight licks and brassy grooves of his backing band, the Lakers.

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