Sonny Landreth – Amazing Guitarist

The good – Unique talent & sound

The bad – Obscure to most

The ugly – Nothing


I first heard Sonny Landreth in 2005 when my wife surprised me with his Grant Street CD, recorded live in concert. She read a review of the album and thought I’d like his music. She was correct! Grant Street is a great CD. Landreth’s guitar playing simply blew me away. I’ve heard nothing else quite like it before or since. His slide work is awesome.

The blues and beyond
Sonny is known mostly for his distinctive slide guitar work, and playing various styles of blues music. He has appeared live with, and on recordings by, such diverse artists as Jimmy Buffett, Dolly Parton, Dr. John, John Hiatt, Leslie West and Mountain, John Mayall, Kenny Loggins, Mark Knopfler, Eric Johnson, Gov’t Mule, Little Feat, Junior Wells, Marshall Crenshaw, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Terence Trent D’Arby, and Buckwheat Zydeco, plus many more. So you’ve probably heard his guitar work without knowing it.

Sonny appeared (with his band) on Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival: 2007 DVD, playing two songs to open the show. He also appeared on the Crossroads Guitar Festival: 2010 DVD, once again playing two songs to open the show with Eric Clapton.

From the Reach
Landreth’s most recent studio release, From the Reach (2008), features some great songs, with guest appearances by famous artists on all but one song. Guests include Eric Clapton, Vince Gill, Jimmy Buffett, Dr. John, Mark Knopfler, Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, and others. This demonstrates just how much Sonny is respected in the music industry. Notable songs include “When I Still Had You” (with Eric Clapton), “Storm Of Worry” (with Eric Clapton), “The Goin’ On” (with Vince Gill), “Universe” (with Vince Gill), “The Milky Way Home” (with Eric Johnson), and the instrumental “Uberesso.”

Well worth a listen
If you like great guitar playing or blues music, you’ll probably really enjoy ANY of Sonny Landreth’s albums. If you’re like me, you’ll be blown away by his mastery of guitar and his unique sound. His CDs are what I usually reach for when I’m in the mood to hear great guitar and blues music. I’ve now got all but a couple of his very early albums and they are all great.


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