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Levee Town

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No slide guitarist since Ry Cooder has made his strings shimmer and soar, growl and cry the way Sonny Landreth does. Though his sideman credits extend from a zydeco apprenticeship with Clifton Chenier through his breakthrough association with John Hiatt, Landreth finds a unique musical niche on his own recordings, combining the literacy of a Southern storyteller with the chops of a guitar hero. This belated successor to 1995's South of I-10 evokes the spirit of Landreth's native Louisiana, in the atmospheric narratives of the title cut, "This River," and "Deep South," as well as in the rambunctious rhythms of "The U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile" and the instrumental "Z. Rider." Hiatt, Jennifer Warnes, and Bonnie Raitt provide cameo vocal support, as Landreth's slide slices through the album's occasional overproduction. --Don McLeese

1. Levee Town
2. This River
3. The U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile
4. Love And Glory
5. Broken Hearted Road
6. Spider-Gris
7. Godchild
8. Turning With The Century
9. Z. Rider
10. Soul Salvation
11. Angeline
12. Deep South

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 17, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: October 17, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • ASIN: B00004YLQ3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,073 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Earley on February 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It's been 5 long years since Sonny Landreth's last album, and that's too long. But man, it was worth the wait. This album is fantastic! First rate in every way. Landreth has written some great songs in these last 5 years,and his singing is as strong as ever. And he still has that trademark tone from his slide guitar that sounds like nobody else around. This guy is definitly the show pony of all sliders. It simply doesn't get any better than this. With special guests on this album like Stephen Bruton, John Hiatt, Bonnie Raitt, and Jennifer Warnes, and production from Mike Post, this is a heavyweight album. Some favorites on here are the fast cajun feelgood song "U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile", "Turning With The Century", which has got Landreth's trademark slide and a very New Orleans sound, but with a rock and roll edge. And "Broken Hearted Road", which is the bluesiest sounding song on here, with a slow Delta style groove and great singing. There's not a weak song to be found on here. So If you want to hear some great deep southern rock and roll gumbo, I recommend you visit Levee Town. You'll be glad you did.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Norton on December 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Wow...I have been studying the art of slide guitar for a while. Let's be clear on this, after hearing Levee Town, I am convinced that Sonny Landreth is not even from this planet.
For those of you who have heard Sonny's work previously, this album is a bit more laid back than either Outward Bound or South of I-10, yet the slide work is by far, light years beyond what I have heard from him thus far. For those of you who have never heard him before, be prepared. You'll never hear anything like it again.
The opening track, Levee Town, is highly contagious. A foot tapping number that's very dancable, but make no mistake, Sonny gets right to some aggressive and impressive slide guitar work. U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile is equally motivating and upbeat. I believe this CD is the closest thing to party music I have heard Sonny release. Throughout the CD he explores folk, contemporary, cajun and blues genres with flair and maturity. I recommend you buy two copies of this CD; you're gonna wear the first one out.
For those of you who might be new to Sonny's work, I have always described him this way...if Ry Cooder was the Eric Clapton of slide guitar, then Sonny Landreth would have most certainly been the Joe Satriani...he's just that good.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I can't think of enough superlatives to describe this cd. It is so outstanding. Sonny's writing has gone to a new level , and if you close your eyes and listen, he will take you on a journey thru the "Deep South" on the "USS Zydecoldsmobile". Along the way you'll rock, do a little two step, sing along and marvel. Songwriting this good is usually mentioned in reverential tones in regards to such writers as Richard Thompson or Bruce Springsteen or Robbie Robertson. Sonny cares about the craft of the song and it shows. Oh, have I mentioned that he is the best damn slide guitarist in the solar system as well. He has found a range of tone that exists in that tapping harmonic zone that no one else dare touch because it requires too much skill and study. Except Sonny lives there. Sonny , in a review for "South of I-10" I said "where are you and phone home". Well , welcome back, it was worth the wait and I hope I get to see you in Colorado some time, because if not,well I guess I'll just have to go to Louisiana again. You guitarist out there, buy this. Those of you reading these reviews, its no bull, this guy is this good. There are millions of music fans who dont know a thing about music running the music stores and programming the radio. Don't let that deter you from Sonny Landreth. Gotta go, the Zydecoldsmobile has to stop for a Mardi Gras run.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I'm a guitar player for a number of years who has only recently become interested (obsessed?) with slide guitar. Sonny is phenomenal. Dead on intonation while playing fast, difficult slide parts. Great technique is only the delivery mechanism for some really heart felt music. He somehow takes virtuoso guitar, with blues/zydeco/rock influences, and the tradition of great southern storytellers and makes it cohesive. His performance at the NO Jazz Festival was intelligent, inspiring and was a great introduction to his music. I feel very fortunate. I came home and bought this CD and was glad to hear he wasn't an artist who only came across live. With the diversity and uniqueness of his style I thought that might be the case. Well it's not so you should go out and get this CD. I have ordered some of his other recordings as well and expect more of the same; a great BLEND of music styles with mind-blowing guitar playing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patti A on April 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
As a big fan of Outward Bound and South of I10, I can say, he's done it again. Levee Town combines toe-tapping, two-stepping songs like Levee Town and ZydecOldsmobile, with the more romantic Love & Glory and Soul Salvation. The ability to tranport you to Lousiana combined with excellence in slide guitar playing makes this a must for any music lover even if you've never tried this kind of music before. I first saw Sonny Landreth at a music writers show at the Ace of Clubs in Nashville in the early 90s and have been drawn to his music ever since. Last month I happened upon tickets to see Beausoleil in my hometown, imagine my surprise to see him on stage. Wow!! I jumped on line the next day to purchase Levee Town and haven't stopped playing it since. Buy it and play it in your car, every now and then check the mirror, you WILL be smiling. PS. anyone know where I send fan mail?
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