Sunny Lowdown


A lonesome wail as the sun sets low…

“This utter badass has a wonderful under the radar record here that’s sure to fly high in the long run. A through original, every move this cat makes is going to grab you. Killer stuff.​” – The Midwest Record

Lowdown has become a blues artist with his own identity…puts his own stamp so firmly all over this.  This is the genius of a guy that has blues running through his veins. – Blues Matters

Blues Blast Music Award Nominee

“Every time I listen to this album I like it even more. It’s a real sleeper … you have to seek it out.” – Rhythm Highways, KDHX St. Louis

“Every song on ‘Down Loaded’ demands attention by way of striking solo performances…Drive, spirit, spookiness—all the elements are here.”
– Elmore Magazine

“Your record sounds great!
– Paul Oscher, former member of The Muddy Waters Blues Band

“A great sound! One of the best new CDs I’ve listened to in a number of years.” – Spokane Public Radio, selected release as Blues CD Of The Year

“This one is made for listeners who relish real, traditional blues, served up by an artist who has learned from some of the greats.”
– Blues Blast Magazine

“Sunny plays lovely guitar…you can see Sunny playing on street corners in your mind’s eye as you listen to these tracks.”
– Blues Matters Magazine

“The album is terrific!”
– 89.7 FM, Perth


Sunny Lowdown was only sixteen when he played his first professional gig backing John Lee Hooker. He has since worked with many of his favorite blues musicians: Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin, Muddy Waters pianist Pinetop Perkins, Chicago blues legends Otis Rush and George “Wild Child” Butler, Fat Possum recording artists R.L. Burnside and Cedell Davis, and others. Before acquiring the nickname “Sunny Lowdown”, Sunny had achieved renown as Louie X. Erlanger, guitarist for the group Mink DeVille, during which time Mick Jagger had called him one of his favorite guitarists. His guitar playing can be heard in many feature films, including “Breathless”, “Pope of Greenwich Village”, “In The Land of Women”, “Blue Collar” and the recent popular Showtime TV series “Billions”.

Sunny Lowdown’s first release was entitled “The Blues, Volume Low”, and that remains his approach to the blues on this latest release, “Shady Deal”, a followup to his Blues Blast Music Award nominated “Down Loaded”. He takes his time, and doesn’t hit you over the head. His power is in his tone and phrasing. You might call it a Clint Eastwood  approach. No screaming – just a quiet “make my day” that send chills up your spine. From his swampy reworking of The Rolling Stones‘ “Satisfaction” to his stark “Christmas Eve Blues”, to the romantic “Tried And True” and the hilarious whims of “Clip On Man Bun Blues”, to the wild textures of “Chicken In A Basket” performed with The Uptown Food Syndicate, Sunny is his own man, giving you his own take on a world we all struggle with day to day. Sometimes it’s a celebration. Often it’s a shady deal.


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