Jim “Soni” Sonefeld is the original drummer for Hootie & The Blowfish, who’s debut full-length record, Cracked Rear View, is one of the best-selling albums of all time, selling upwards of 21 million copies. The album went to #1 on the Billboard chart, the band won two Grammys and gained financial security, but with great success came great excess. “Soni” would find himself sinking into a dark place of alcoholism and drug addiction. He would ultimately find his way out of the darkness, and he shares his inspiring story of recovery and life with Hootie & The Blowfish in his new book, Swimming With The Blowfish: Hootie, Healing, And One Hell Of A Ride.
Soni has also released a new EP of solo music that reflects his Christian faith called Remember Tomorrow, which he discusses in this conversation filled with warmth, light, and all things Hootie!
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Hello everyone! My name is Scott Itter, but some know me as Dr. Music. I am a music journalist and photographer out of the Chicagoland area, and I have been in practice for over 20 years. I grew up in the 70’s with two big brothers that showed me all kinds of rock and roll. As I grew older I ventured out into different genres like jazz, funk, folk, and whatever else I could wrap my ears around. As I read every liner note and every Circus and Hit Parader like they were the Old and New Testament, I came to realize that I just love sound and appreciate all the people that create it.
I later became a stay-at-home dad and started honing my writing and photography skills to keep my mind from turning into mashed peas. My kids are now adults, my mind is only slightly mushy, and I am thrilled to have the honor of presenting my work to you!