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Sonny Landreth 11/13/12 + Video

Sonny Landreth 11/13/12 / Brian C. Miller Richard
Written by Jared Corgan
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  • Date Recorded: November 13, 2012
  • Artist / Band: Sonny Landreth
  • Hosting Show: Howzit Bayou?
  • Sound: Dan Kinney
  • Video: Ed Kleinberg

Sonny Landreth's music is built out of lyrical, sweeping lines of growling tones wrung from his guitar with a slide. Upbeat, stomping blues-rock dominates his sound, but rootsy blues are always underlying and reinforcing his exceptional playing.

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There is a short list of guitar players who shine mostly in their ability to play slide. Sonny Landreth is not only on this list, but is one whose sound and technique are spoken of reverently by all the others on that list. The rocking-stomp feel in much of his music might be due to his origins in Louisiana, but while blues are definitely from the Delta, they contain an individual character that only Landreth can add.

In addition to the 11 albums under his name, Landreth has performed as a guest with Jimmy Buffet, John Hiatt, Mark Knopfler and many others. His style is immediately recognizable and stands out when playing side-by-side with Eric Clapton or any of the other guitar greats he has shared the stage with. Landreth's instrumentals are interesting compositions that not only showcase his guitar skills but also have something to say musically. Listening to Landreth is a lot like hearing the evolution of blues and rock first-hand -- where it's been, where it is and where he's taking it. It's this melting pot of music that Sonny Landreth is most talented at making and will continue to make with every note he plays.

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