Sonny Knight & The Lakers

KUMD Album Review: Sonny Knight & The Lakers

Feb 14, 2018

Sonny Knight & The Lakers | I’m Still Here

In honor of Black History Month, we’re revisiting a 2014 album from the late Minnesota musician Sonny Knight.

Saint Paul native Knight was an artist who, among other things, helped revive classic soul in a Midwest city known for its funky rhythm and ‘80s icons. His background ranged from a gospel –filled childhood to seeing the world, fighting in Vietnam and later touring with his band The Lakers. Sonny brings a very cultured and honest take and blends genres, allowing music to flow from the soul.

Man singing into a microphone
John Behm

Twin Cities soul singer Sonny Knight's first album was named I'm Still Here;  Knight says it refers to "the fact that I'm still here to do what I do is like a blessing to me." We talked with Knight, a Vietnam veteran, about his long road to releasing his first album under his own name at the age of 65-his beginnings singing music in church in Mississippi (where he grew up before moving to St. Paul), the bands he performed with on and off along the way, and the show where the owners of Secret Stash records saw him for the first time.

WIN TICKETS
Tune in to KUMD June 6-10 to win tickets to Sonny Knight & The Lakers, the June KUMD Monthly Concert at the Red Herring Lounge. This hard-soul, high energy funky group led by Sonny Knight will surely prove to be one for the books. KUMD is proud to partner with The Red Herring Lounge for this exciting summer concert series! Listen and win and we'll see you at the show on June 23.