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Sonny Landreth - Grant Street

Grant Street

Sonny Landreth

SUG CD 3994

Sugar Hill Records
P. O. Box 55300
Durham, NC 27717-5300

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottileb

Here is this slide guitar wizard's first live disc and he chose to make do it at Grant Street Dance Hall, his home turf, in Lafayette, Louisiana. It was worth the years of waiting for these live versions of his songs as he did them with Dave Ransom on bass, and Kenneth Blevins on drums and percussion.

Eric Clapton said of Landreth, "probably the most underestimated musician on the planet and also probably one of the most advanced." Live is where you can truly see/hear that talent more than any studio recording where recording tricks can be used. He uses both hands to coax, pound, and stroke sounds out of his guitar, that don't seem possible until you see it. He uses his right hand as a percussive instrument, sometimes as a hammer or mallet depending on the sound he wants, sometimes as a bow working at the opposite end of the neck of the guitar as his slide hand. He can be delicate with his sound as he is on Broken Hearted, playing off against the heavy bass sound churned out by Mr. Ransom. Then turn right around and churn it out as on "Gone Pecan," or slam you about as in Pedal to the Metal.

The production on this release is impeccable as he produced the disc with Tony Daigle and RS Field, his long time collaborators. He brings back 8 songs from his previous albums, and showcases 3 new tracks; Port of Calling, Wind In Denver, and Pedal to the Metal. It shows off his songwriting (he wrote all the tunes here) to be not only as strong as ever, but growing strong with the passage of time.

This is a don't miss disc available Jan. 05, 2005 somewhere near you.

Track List:

  • Native Stepson
  • Broken Hearted
  • Gone Pecan
  • Port Of Calling
  • Blues Attack
  • Z. Rider
  • U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile
  • Wind In Denver
  • All About You
  • Pedal To The Metal
  • Congo Square

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2004, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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