Sonny Smith (photo: Chloe Aftel)
Sonny Smith always seems to have his hands in some new project, and this next one is a doozy. His main gig, Phono del Sol performers Sonny & The Sunsets, recently joined 50 other artists contributing to a compilation supporting LGBT rights groups in Indiana following that state’s passing (and then modification) of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which allowed businesses to discriminate based on a customer’s sexuality. The man (err, pet) behind the comp? None other than celebrity cat, Internet meme, and Indiana resident Lil Bub.
50 Bands & A Cat for Indiana Equality – due this week on Indiana label Joyful Noise – includes tracks from Sonny, plus a host of other artists from around the country throwing their support behind the LGBT community in the Hoosier State, including Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Oh Sees, Deerhoof, Thurston Moore Band, Houndmouth, and Half Japanese. Sonny & The Sunsets’ contribution is one of the many previously unreleased and/or rare tracks in the bunch.
The cost of the comp is $25, but you not only get a high quality download of the full album, you’ll also receive one hand-made record with the track of your choice. The records are lathe-cut, hand-numbered, and “made to order” – a true one-of-a-kind opportunity for record collectors and supporters of equal rights for all, regardless of their sexuality.
The best part? 100% of profits benefit organizations furthering LGBT equality in Indiana, including Freedom Indiana, the ACLU of Indiana, and Indy Pride. So pick up your copy now – Governor Mike Pence may have backtracked on the initial version of the RRFA, but there’s still a long way to go to ensuring the rights of LGBT persons in Indiana.
Pick up your copy of 50 Bands & A Cat for Indiana Equality here.