A New Kind of High

Songwriters are more often than not, hidden in the background. It’s the artists who turn the songs into hits. Then, we associate the song with the artist, not the songwriter.

I have a great friend, Sonny Throckmorton, who has had over twenty number one songs and well over 1,000 recorded by artists. He is a member of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and has been awarded Songwriter of the Year by both BMI and the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International. But, only a handful of people know the name.

However, here are some of his songs that you’re sure to recognize:

“The Way I Am” – A huge hit for Merle Haggard

“This is Where the Cowboy Rides Away” – A hit for George Strait

“The Last Cheater’s Waltz” – A #1 hit for T.G. Sheppard

“Trying To Love Two Women” – The Oak Ridge Boys

“Middle Age Crazy” – Jerry Lee Lewis

“Friday Night Blues” – John Conlee

“I Wish You Could Have Turned My head and Left My Heart Alone” – Oak Ridge Boys

And last, but certainly not least nor anywhere near the end of the list, “I Wish I Was Eighteen Again,” made famous by George Burns.

I say all of this to introduce you to a new album released by Sonny Throckmorton. I wanted you to know the calibre of songwriter I am promoting.

A New Kind of High

A NEW KIND OF HIGH is different from anything Sonny has ever done. It verges on country-funk with catchy lyrics and thought-provoking phrases.

The album opens with “A Little Bit of That.” A mix of electronica and rap, the lyrics say it all. “I’m tired of being hungry/Tired of being poor/All my friends are driving Benz/And I want a little bit more…”

While “Next” is more reminiscent of bluegrass on steroids, it is again, quite a different twist for Sonny.

Party Man” is more like the old Sonny Throckmorton style waltz with a twinge of loneliness thrown in.

Willie Nelson included “Butterfly” on his album, God’s Problem Child. Its slow easy flow is beautiful and the lyrics go deep.

Pink Limousine” has an odd combination of banjo and electronica that I’ve never heard. The lyrics go like this. “I dreamed all night of a pink limousine/Full of beautiful ladies, the cream of the cream/And I caught a ride if you know what I mean/And I rode all night in a pink limousine…”

Full-on-country, “Wasting a Fire” is a two-stepping unrequited love song.

Look What I Missed,” ramps up the countrified gospel funk to a new kind of high.

A soft flowing melody accompanies “Little Miss Out of the Blue.” I could hear someone with a smooth voice like the late Ray Price singing this and turning it into another hit for Sonny.

Deal Breaker” starts off with heavy reverb on lead guitar and a driving beat. “Looking for somebody that doesn’t have a cat/I don’t want no feline on my welcome mat/You’re a kitty lover well I’m a dirty rat/Looking for somebody that doesn’t have a cat/Well, it’s a deal-breaker…” Ha! I think we can all relate to that in one way or another whether or not it has anything to do with a cat. 🙂

The album ends with “Ride Me Back Home,” a poignant story song. “Ride me back home to a much better place/Blue skies, sunshine, plenty of space/Somewhere where they would leave you alone/Somewhere I could call home/And you would just ride me back home…”

I think it’s safe to say that Sonny Throckmorton, even at the age of 77, isn’t anywhere close to being done.

I hope I’ve piqued your curiosity enough that you’ll take a look at Sonny’s new release. Who knows. Maybe one day, we’ll hear some of these songs on the radio and soaring up the charts again for this talented phenomenal songwriter.

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Me and Sonny Throckmorton in May 2009.
Jan,Janie Fricke,Rick,Sonny Throckmorton
Left to Right – Jan Sikes, Janie Fricke, Rick Sikes, Sonny Throckmorton, Sharon, Sonny’s Sister
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24 thoughts on “A New Kind of High

  1. Thank you for introducing Sonny to us, Jan. I loved your explanations in the feature article. And, I particularly loved the photos – so sweet. ♥

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Gwen. Living in Branson, you are closer to much of the music than lots of folks. I’m sure you’ve heard many of these songs. I appreciate your comment! Have a blessed day. Hugs!

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  2. Jan- Awesome blog thanks for showcasing Sony & his hits, many, many, I have truly loved. It was so cool going down memory lane with these songs.
    You have a blesssed day, love & hugs!

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    1. Thanks, Tonya. Yes, many of these songs spark memories for us. But, now Sonny has a whole new batch of songs that maybe one day we’ll sing along to on the radio. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment. Hugs! I love you!

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    1. John- I finished your & Geen’s book. It was awesome: here’s my review:

      Amazing, intriguing, and suspenseful!!
      The Contract is the perfect espionage book!
      From the beginning to the end I was totally enthralled in this book of webbed deceit!
      John W. Howell and Gwen M. Plano have created an amazing book about a man and wife sent back from Heaven to stop an attack that could disrupted the entire planet. But there’s a catch, when they return to Earth and take over stranger’s host bodies, they will have no recollection of Heaven or their former lives.
      They must meet and strike up a friendship in order for the Contract to be met. However just meeting one another is the tip of the iceberg.
      Danger is around them and they must rely on one another to figure out where the destruction is coming from and who can really be trusted.
      Phenomenal writing!!!!

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      1. Thank you so much Tonya. This is a fabulous review. It wuld be terrific if you could post it on Amazon. If you can’t, no matter I very much appreciate your words.

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      2. My goodness, Tonya, I’m so moved by your review. Thank you very much. It would be wonderful if you could share it on Amazon. I’m ever so grateful. ♥

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    1. So true, Craig. They have TONS of stories and one of my most favorite things in life was sitting in the room and listening to them talk to Rick and share stories. It’s a time of life I will always treasure. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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  3. Jan, lovely to learn about your gifted friend and this is a passionate introduction of his latest work! You have definitely piqued my interest and I look forward to exploring his work. You both look great in the photo and he seems a warm and kind man. How true that the Songwriter’s efforts are not so widely credited… you’re rectifiying that here!

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  4. Thank you, Annika! I hope you will take a look and enjoy Sonny’s latest. I love promoting artists. It gives me great joy to introduce folks to some of the “behind-the-scenes” workings. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment! Hugs and have a great day!

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  5. Jan, Sonny’s new album sounds great. I recognized all of the songs others made famous for him and it’s time for more. I hope some of those guys will pick up one or two of the new ones. He’s such a talented man and I wish him tons of good luck. You just got another star in your crown for promoting him, sister!

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  6. Thank you, sister. I appreciate you taking time to stop by and comment. I agree that he is such a talented man. I hope some of these new songs get picked up and taken to the top for him. Love you!

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  7. I know you’re right that people think of the recording artist not the songwriter… unless you’re in the business. I hope Sonny does well with the new… album (do people still call them that? Lol). With a cheerleader like you, Jan, he has a great head start. 🙂

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