Recorded Live at Grant Street Dancehall, Lafayette, LA, April 23 & 24, 2004, Grant Street is a searing live set featuring songs from Sonny Landreth's first, out-of-print 1981 solo release all the way up to his last release, 2003's Best Contemporary Blues Grammy-nominated The Road We're On. This time, the studio sheen is absent ... & the electricity is omnipresent!
Just as Muhammad Ali once boasted that he could "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee," Louisiana's Sonny Landreth can make his slide guitar roar like a rocket ship and dance like a ballerina. As this live set recorded on his home turf attests, few guitarists combine such power with such precision. Landreths veteran rhythm section of bassist David Ranson and drummer Kenneth Blevins provides whipcrack support on a set of supercharged instrumentals ("Native Stepson," "Z. Rider," "Pedal to Metal") and original blues ("Broken-Hearted Road," "Wind in Denver"), building to a climax with the guitarists signature tune, "Congo Square." Though Landreth established himself as an ace sideman from his apprenticeship with zydeco kingpin Clifton Chenier
through his extended stint with John Hiatt
, he really cuts loose with his own trio, generating a dynamic propulsion that threatens to levitate this Lafayette dancehall. --Don McLeese