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Sonny Knight Battles Cancer, April and May Tour Dates Cancelled

Mar 2017

Sonny Knight and the Lakers

Sonny Knight Battles Cancer

The 68-year-old singer and his band, The Lakers, must cancel April and May tour dates while he undergoes chemotherapy.

 

In January Sonny Knight And The Lakers canceled a performance scheduled to take place at The Chalberg Theatre in the northern Minnesota city of Brainerd. The cancellation was to clear Sonny’s schedule for the biopsy of a nodule on his left lung.  His doctors have determined that the nodule is cancer, which is also located in part of his rib cage and shoulder. It is believed that the cancer started in his shoulder, where he received pain mitigation treatment many times over the last two years.  Now Knight and company will cancel all performance engagements through the month of May so he may undergo and recover from chemotherapy.  They will resume touring in June.  

 

“The last four years of being a part of the lakers have been the best years of my life.  It’s incredible all the people that have come out and given us so much love and support.  I’m canceling my shows because I want to give them the best that I’ve got, and right now the chemo won’t let me do that. After my treatment, I’ll be back to give that love back to the people.   Just know I’m not done. We gotta keep on moving. That’s all I want to do is keep on moving.” -Sonny Knight

Sonny Knight And The Lakers “Sooner or Later” on cassette

Dec 2016

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That’s right, they’re back.  Deal with it!

About 6 or 7 years ago a local label called Moon Glyph started putting out releases exclusively on cassette.  I always thought everything they did looked and felt amazing.  Honestly, I had probably gotten so used to seeing music in square packaging (CDs and LPs), that something really struck me about the aspect ratio of the cassette medium.  I’m assuming it did for Steve at Moon Glyph as well.  He did all their packaging design (and possibly still does?), and its all awesome!  They’re still around, but have since moved out west and branched into other formats.  If you don’t already know the, you should give ’em a listen.  They’ve put out some truly spectacular releases.  Anyhow, being exposed to their releases was probably the first time I thought, hmmmm… maybe there is something to this format.
Then, back in 2013, we bought the first Sonny Knight And The Lakers tour bus, which had a cassette deck in it.  A couple of the guys brought in their old collections and a few of us started making mix tapes.  Before long, I was really digging the format.  I acquired a couple different cassette decks and integrated them into my home and office stereos.
A lot of people look down on the format.  Whatever, I get it.  But I also think they’re visually interesting, nostalgic in a very fun way, have a unique sound, and can be easily made in small quantities, which means we can just make a small batch and not worry about how commercially successful it is… So, with that in mind, here is the brand new Sonny Knight And The Lakers album on cassette!
We only made up 100 copies and we’ve included a download card, so really…. why not give it a shot?   Who knows, you might really like it!
Stay tuned for pricing and availability.

-Eric

Secret Stash Records

Black Market Brass Bonus Cassette

Nov 2016

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The first 100 copies of the new Black Market Brass LP, “Cheat And Start A Fight” come with a bonus cassette (includes download card) containing tons of unreleased recordings. Listen to samples and more here. The tapes just arrived and we couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.

Sonny Knight / Black Market Brass Assembly Party

Nov 2016

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On Wednesday night 20 volunteers came down to our space in Loring Park, Minneapolis to help assemble the new Sonny Knight and Black Market Brass albums. It was great to see some familiar faces, as well as make some new friends. We finished assembling all the records in about 3 hours, which included a break for pizza. It’s been over 2 years since our last assembly party. Man, have we ever been missing out!?! Wednesday’s party was a great reminder of just how awesome our customers are, and how music can bring together so many different types of people. Many thanks to everyone who pitched in. Also, a big thanks to the folks at Bauhaus Brewlabs for hooking the volunteers up with some of their delicious beer.

 

Sonny Knight And The Lakers’ “Sooner or Later” hits stores November 18. We still have a few limited edition LPs left. Hop over to our web store to reserve yours now.

 

Black Market Brass “Cheat And Start A Fight” hits stores December 2. We will be announcing pre-orders for that very soon.