Sonny James, Eve Monsées, and Mike Buck (The Soul Proprietors)


Hear the podcast of the interview with Sonny James, Eve Monsées and Mike Buck on Writing on the Air Wednesday, April 15, 2010.

The trio performs as The Soul Proprietors.


I met Sonny James because of my day job. Sonny owns and operates the store right next to the one I manage. Sonny’s Vintage is one of those hidden gems that, as the local city advertisements wants to claim, actually keeps Austin weird. He sells vintage clothing, mics, music equipment, and all kind of knick knacks, such as books published by a locally run small press, New Belleville Press.

That’s not all, though. Sonny is a master of the improvised word. I drop in to say hello and shoot the breeze with him for a few minutes on a daily basis. That’s the kind of guy Sonny is. He’s the kind of guy you want to see at least once a day. I’m not sure why, other than the fact that he’s an ubber cool dude. He’s the kind of guy who can get away with wearing sunglasses inside and out, day or night, all the time, and it doesn’t seem off or over the top.

He’s the kind of guy who picks up a live mic and starts talking, making up stuff as he goes. Coming out of his mouth, the stuff is funny, entertaining, and more often than not, slightly off-putting in a good way. Sonny has something to say. Sonny has a lot to say, and he hides plenty of messages in his incredible adlibs.

Hope you’ll join us on Wednesday for a completely ad-libbed show. We will prepare absolutely nothing. Sonny asked me last week if he could bring a couple of friends, and I said yes. He said: “that’s it? I didn’t even have to convince you.” No, whatever you want, I said.

That’s where Sonny excels, and that’s what I want to do. No holds bar. No plan. Nothing. Just Sonny, his friends, and his guitar.

Join us 6-7pm Wednesday April 14th Central Texas Time on “Writing on the Air” with co-hosts, Dillon McKinsey, Lee K. Davis, and myself Francois K. Needles.