“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

“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

“Lowdown displays some very nice finger-picking and slide talent on both acoustic and electric guitars, and really hits a bluesy groove on almost every track.”

– Big City Blues

“The album is terrific!”

 – 89.7 FM, Perth

“Your record sounds great!”

– Paul Oscher, former member of The Muddy Waters Blues Band


Sunny Lowdown sings blues for the 21st century. It is a raw, deep blues, drawing from the music of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Jesse Mae Hemphill and R.L. Burnside. Sunny 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 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 more recently, Showtime’s popular television series “Billions”.

Sunny’s latest release, “Down Loaded”, which was nominated for a 2018 Blues Blast Music Award, continues the tradition he began with his critically acclaimed first CD, “The Blues Volume Low”, which was selected as “Blues CD Of The Year” by Spokane Public Radio. “Down Loaded” contains 7 tracks penned by Sunny, and five traditional tracks reaching back to bluesmen like Li’l Son Jackson, J.B. Lenoir and Lightnin’ Hopkins. Sunny’s own tunes range from “Texting Blues”, about a couple who can’t sustain a conversation, to the aching longing of “A Girl I Once Knew”, to the toe tapping swing of the instrumental “That’s Enough”. It is soulful, heartfelt blues that takes its time and only says what needs to be said — not a word or note more.


Sunny Lowdown talks about his life and his music


Review of “Down Loaded” in Elmore Magazine

Review of “Down Loaded” in Blues Blast Magazine

Review of “The Blues Volume Low” in Roots Time

Review of “The Blues Volume Low” in Big City Blues

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