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Sonny Landreth

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Southwest Louisiana-based guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist Sonny Landreth is really a musician’s musician. The blues glide electric guitar playing entirely on his two Zoo Entertainment produces, Outward Bound (1992) and South of I-10 (1995) is certainly exclusive and unlike other things you’ve have you ever heard. His unorthodox electric guitar style originates from the manner where he simultaneously has glide and makes fingering actions in the fretboard. Landreth, who comes with an easygoing character, can play everything, like worthwhile program musician. His exclusive electric guitar playing could be noticed on recordings by John Hiatt, Leslie Western world and Mountain, along with other rock and roll & rollers. Landreth was created Feb 1, 1951, in Canton, Mississippi, and his family members resided in Jackson, Mississippi, for a couple years before settling in Lafayette, Louisiana. Landreth started playing acoustic guitar after a lengthy tenure using the trumpet. His first inspiration originated from Scotty Moore, the guitarist from Elvis Presley’s music group, but as period continued, he learned from your recordings of music artists and organizations like Chet Atkins as well as the Endeavors. As a teenager, Landreth began using his friends within their parents’ homes. “They might ping-pong us in one house to some other, and even though we had been all awful initially, as time continued we got very good. It’s an evolutionary procedure, exactly like songwriting is definitely,” Landreth described within an interview on his 44th birthday in 1995. After his 1st professional gig with accordionist Clifton Chenier within the ’70s (where he was the only real white guy in debt Beans & Grain Revue for awhile), Landreth struck from his own, however, not before he documented two albums for the Blues Unlimited label from Crowley, Louisiana, Blues Assault in 1981 and Method Down in Louisiana in 1985. If anyone is definitely living proof the necessity to press on regardless of obstacles, it really is Landreth. The next of these two albums got him observed by some record professionals in Nashville, which resulted in his documenting and touring use John Hiatt. That resulted in still more use John Mayall, who documented Landreth’s radio-ready “Congo Square.” Recently, he’s caused New Orleans bandleader and pianist Allen Toussaint (who guests on many monitors on South of I-10, as will Dire Straits guitarist Tag Knopfler). On Landreth’s outstanding albums for Zoo, the lyrics pull the listener into the places, noises, smells, and high temperature of southwest Louisiana, and a solid feeling of place is certainly evident in lots of of Landreth’s music. Although his design is totally his very own and his performing is certainly more than sufficient, Landreth admits that authors like William Faulkner experienced a big impact on his lyric composing. The fact that it is taken such a long time for academics at American colleges to recognize the fantastic body of poetry found within the blues problems Landreth aswell. Robert Johnson is certainly Landreth’s big hero with regards to electric guitar playing. “WHILE I finally uncovered Robert Johnson, everything came together for me personally,” Landreth stated, noting that he also carefully examined the recordings of Omit Adam, Mississippi John Harm, and Charley Patton. Landreth finally released an all- instrumental record, Elemental Trip, in 2012, his 11th single task that wed blues to traditional and jazz stylings with a complete orchestra. In 2013, the guitarist produced his 4th appearance at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Acoustic guitar Festival. Landreth along with a trio toured hard on the following year in planning for a fresh recording, and authorized to Provogue. He chosen a straightforward, back-to-blues roots providing. He came into the studio room with drummer Brian Brignac and bassist David Ranson in past due 2014, and surfaced with Bound from the Blues, a couple of a number of the first blues requirements he ever discovered to try out in addition to original materials. The album premiered in June of the next year.

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Full Name Sonny Landreth
Profession Guitarist, Film Score Composer
Siblings Steve Landreth
Music Songs Congo Square, Broken Hearted Road, Blues Attack, The U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile, The Road We're On, Blue Tarp Blues, Hell at Home, Firebird Blues, Überesso, Native Stepson, Gone Pecan, Cherry Ball Blues, Bound By The Blues, South of I-10, Zydeco Shuffle, The Milky Way Home, Where They Will, Spider-Gris, Z. Rider, The High Side, Road a Plenty, Turning With the Century, Juke Box Mama, Ol' Lady Luck, Gemini Blues, The Goin' On, Back To Bayou Teche, When I Still Had You, Way Past Long, Storm of Worry, Port of Calling, Creole Angel
Albums From the Reach, Levee Town, South of I-10, Elemental Journey, Outward Bound, Recorded Live in Lafayette, The Road We're On, Grant Street, Sunrise, Voices Of Americana: Sonny Landreth
Movies After the Spill, Mark Knopfler: A Night in London


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