Sonny Knight and the Lakers “Hey Girl”
There are lots of great reissue labels running right now, but one cool thing that locals Secret Stash have done with their Twin Cities Funk and Soul compilation is bring singers and artists out from anonymity to get them in front of a new and appreciative audience. So far, like most labels, this had meant digging up really great past material and bringing it to new audiences, but Secret Stash brought the band back together, literally, for their concerts billed as the Secret Stash Soul Revue. Anyone who has seen the Soul Revue knows how energetic and vibrant these shows, which feature the singers from the compilation backed by the Secret Stash house band The Lakers, are at not just serving as an act to rehash the past. They have done original material from the 60’s and 70’s, but also new music and more recent covers. Now the label is capturing some of that new material on wax. The first offering is the Sonny Knight and the Lakers 7″ “Hey Girl,” which is a uptempo, funky track that captures the spirit of the compilation in a brand new song. The B-side to the release is a cover of the Rodriguez track “Sugerman,” which I have heard the band do live and is an excellent re-imagining of an already great track. Listen to the new track below and keep an eye on the Secret Stash website for when it goes on sale.