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Sonny Landreth with one
of his favored Strats.

SUPERNATURAL SLIDE
The album features Landreth
front and center with Dave
Ranson on ukulele bass, Brian
Brignac on cajón, Steve Conn
on accordion, and Sam Broussard on acoustic guitar. Conn's
accordion is the secret ingredient to the overall sound, giving
the record its Cajun ambiance.
Many of Landreth's previously
recorded electric songs get
the acoustic treatment adding
a stripped-down poignancy.
This double disc of 16 tunes
dating back to 1981's "Blues
Attack" is 93 minutes of
pure bottleneck beauty. His
performance and guitar tone
in both sets is sublime as he
covers crowd favorites "Creole
Angel," "U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile," "Hell At Home,"
and "Key To The Highway."
The transition from acoustic

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to electric is effortless as the
band launches into an energetic
version "Back To Bayou Teche."
The instrumental "The Milky
Way Home" originally from the
2008 album From The Reach,
provides a respite from the
downhome feel of "True Blue,"
which preceded it. "The Milky
Way Home" is a soaring instrumental showcase that would
allow Landreth to go toe-to-toe
with any guitarist on a G3 tour.
He continues this pace on
"Brave New Girl" and "Umbresso" before returning to
the vocal mic on "Soul Salvation." He winds things up with
"Walkin' Blues" and "The One
And Only Truth" with Steve
Conn taking over on vocals.
This ends an enjoyable
career-spanning double set
balancing Landreth's connection

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Sonny Landreth
Live In Lafayette

to humanity and upper-echelon
slide. The musicians have a
chemistry forged through longterm friendship and admiration,
which makes hearing them
perform together a treat.
Regardless of how you feel
about blues or the musical
influence of New Orleans, Live
In Lafayette will compel you
to move your body, tap your
toes, stomp your feet, and clap
your hands. - Oscar Jordan

Sonny Landreth: Marco van Rooijen.

E

ven guitarists who don't play
slide know scary supernatural slide mastery when they
hear it. Some guitarists won't go
down that rabbit hole, realizing
they'll never reach the level of
Elmore James, Son House, Robert Nighthawk, or Earl Hooker.
Today, guitarists like Ry Cooder,
David Lindley, and Derek Trucks
are still blowing minds, but few
have the magical feel and touch
of Sonny Landreth.
His new double live album
brings together back-catalogue
material, songs from his
previous album Bound By
The Blues, and the taste of
Louisiana. Choosing to perform
separate electric and acoustic
sets with his close buddies,
this collection is full of hypnotic soul that will compel
involuntary body movement.


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