Sonny Rhodes, our favorite Firefly theme song blues musician, is in need of a hand up. He is a very proud man, but circumstances related to medical conditions are preventing him from working, and he’s trying to keep a roof over his head.
Sonny’s wife Ann called me with these details and hoped the Browncoats could help. Sonny hasn’t performed since October 2008, except for once or twice against his doctor’s wishes when he had to keep the power from being shut off and pay rent, and doing that made his condition worse. He just had an emergency hernia operation and needs to have two hip operations as soon as possible. Ann said he’ll likely be out of work for a few more months and, besides being in a lot of pain, is naturally quite worried about paying medical and rent bills. Sonny has vowed to be there for the Browncoats in the future and would appreciate any financial assistance that may be possible via the PayPal Donate link on his MySpace page.
If you can do anything, please consider it. Quite a few friends were privileged to spend some time with him at the last Browncoats Cruise and found him to be a wonderful man who was still amazed at the attention he was getting for performing Joss’s song. I just wish he got a buck everytime someone starts singing it at a con…
UPDATE: Brian has contacted Mr. Rhodes’ wife and manager Annie about getting a PO Box for people uncomfortable with PayPal, and that address should be up on his MySpace page soon. In the meantime, check out his latest post:
Today the color brown is looking pretty bright. Thank you my friends. The Browncoats have sent me so many notes that my grand daughter has run out of her printing ink and will have to get some more today. I am slowly reading every note and she and my Annie are helping me with this myspace. I am getting the idea behind it. I am also enjoy seeing some of my friends I haven’t seen for awhile. This myspace is okay.
Plenty more there about his current condition, what he’s going through, and how much he misses being on the road playing music.
UPDATED UPDATE: Mrs. Rhodes has gotten a PO Box:
2974 Delta Fair Blvd
Antioch, CA 94509
Here’s part of the response I received from him:
I am a little overwhelmed by the outpouring of kind words and support. I am working on reading all the notes my granddaughter is printing up for me. I will get to each one. I knew I had many wonderful fans and friends around the world but when you see how many come to lend a hand up it is very hard to find words.
Today I had a good day of rest. I am healing from the Hernia surgery but I will be glad when the hips are not hurting anymore. Many people have told me it is going to be better.
Thank you for your help and support.