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Sonny Rhodes - "Firefly" Tv Series - Mycentraljersey.com Interview

Saturday 23 October 2010, by Webmaster

That’s because Rhodes performed the theme song for the Fox sci-fi space drama "Firefly’’ in 2002. While "Firefly’’ lasted for only three months, its cult status grew to such an extent that the 2005 film "Serenity’’ was based on it.

"A lot of people are fans of ’Serenity,’ and they come out and introduce themselves to me and we sit and talk,’’ Rhodes said. "I’ll perform for them if they come to the club where I’m at.’’

The blues track was written by "Firefly’’ writer and director Joss Whedon, creator of both "Buffy the Vampire Slayer’’ and ""ngel.’’

"I talked with him briefly when I went down to Los Angeles to do the song, had a chance to speak with him a bit, but he’s a business man, and I’m an artist, so I didn’t want to stay in his face,’’ Rhodes said. "I shook his hand, and then I did what I came down there to do.’’

Rhodes, who lives in northern California these days, is heading to New Jersey to do what he does with shows tonight at Gambino’s Inn in New Brunswick and Saturday at the Stanhope House. Sicklerville, in southern Jersey, used to be home for Rhodes, and he picked up a few friends when he lived in the state in the ’80s. Playing with Rhodes will be David Ambrosy of the VooDUDES, Mike Flynn of Nightrain and Nancy Swarbrick of the Supreme Court.

"Nancy and me are like sister and brother,’’ Rhodes said.

The Texas-born Rhodes has been performing blues since the mid-1950s, but he first earned a reputation in the San Francisco-Oakland area in the late 1960s. With a lap-steel guitar and a penchant for colorful clothes and bejeweled turbans, Rhodes stands out in a crowd, and he helped start a Bay Area blues scene that was fueled by the arrival of fellow Texans Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs and Janis Joplin.

This week’s visit to Jersey will mark Rhodes’ 70th birthday.

"The fact that I’m a Texan and I’m playing with people from New Jersey is quite a combination because New Jersey and Texas and the blues don’t seem to work (on the surface),’’ Rhodes said. "We put that together, and we make it work.’’ The King cometh

The King will visit the Court.

New Brunswick reggae legend King Django is set to make a rare New Brunswick appearance at the city’s Court Tavern on Thursday.

Django, also known as the Reggae Don, is a man of many talents, but perhaps his finest is his ability to tap into an old soul Jamaican vibe with his music. Django is known around the world as an expert singer, ragamuffin emcee, songwriter, arranger, instrumentalist and producer for his Stubborn Records stable of artists, based right here in Brumfus.