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South of I-10

Sonny LandrethAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Guitarist, songwriter, and singer Sonny Landreth is a musician's musician who is best known for his signature slide playing. Landreth developed a technique where he frets notes and plays chords and chord fragments behind the slide while he plays. He plays with the slide on his little finger, so that his other fingers have more room to fret behind the slide. He's also known for his ... Read more in Amazon's Sonny Landreth Store

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  • Audio CD (January 10, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Volcano
  • ASIN: B00000099K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shootin' For The Moon
2. Creole Angel
3. Native Stepson
4. Orphans Of The Motherland
5. Congo Square
6. Turning Wheel
7. South Of I-10
8. Cajun Waltz
9. Mojo Boogie
10. C'est Chaud
11. Great Gulf Wind
12. Untitled Track

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Sonny Landreth is a special guitarist. He has combined the idiosyncratic rhythms of his home state, Louisiana, with the intricate finger-picking of Chet Atkins, and the blues-rock slide of Duane Allman, into a distinctive style entirely his own. When he was backing up John Hiatt, John Mayall, or Beausoleil, his astonishing guitar licks were all Landreth needed, but now, as a bandleader himself, he has to rely on his songwriting and singing skills, which are considerably less impressive. On his 1996 solo album, South of I-10, Landreth does his best job yet in shoring up his weaknesses and showcasing his strengths. Landreth's best-known composition, a 1985 tribute to New Orleans called "Congo Square," has been recorded by Mayall, the Neville Brothers, Tom Principato, and Landreth himself, who re-records it for this album with help from guitarist Mark Knopfler and pianist Allen Toussaint. Landreth's vocal is much better this time, sticking close to the notes and timbres he can control and staying away from those he can't. With the help of his guest soloists and his producer R.S. Field (Webb Wilder), Landreth has his voice set the scene and then lets his guitar provide the eloquence. The new album features similar tributes to the music and weather of Louisiana: the title track, "Cajun Waltz," "Mojo Boogie," "C'est Chaud," and "Great Gulf Wind." These simple reflections of subjects close at hand are far more successful than Landreth's attempts at poetry and sweeping commentary. Most successful of all are Landreth's dazzling guitar fills and solos that express far more than his voice ever could. --Geoffrey Himes

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a trip south July 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Get out your road atlas and take a look at Louisiana south of I-10. I-10 runs through the great city of New Orleans and the state capital of Baton Rouge. South of there is the land of Cajun and Creole, a land of swamps, bayous and moss hanging thick from trees, and air that is so heavy with humidity that it can be cut with a knife.
To hear what it sounds like slip Sonny Landreth's disc South of I-10 into your cd player and prepare. Shooting for the Moon blasts out at you with a propulsive beat. This powerful song is just the beginning of the extent of Landreth's ability as a singer, songwriter and guitarist.
Creole Angel jumps out at you with a zydeco beat. Mark Knopfler assists on guitar as Sonny sings:
Bottle rocket combo got a corner on the crowd
Under her old balcony above a bar called
The Blat Cat Prowl
Sets off memories how she laughed every time
I'd break her silence with a piece of my mind
When Native Son begins, you know this is like nothing you have ever heard before. This is rollicking riotous music with a zydeco beat. Native Son is an infectious instrumental which showcases Landreth's unique slide guitar style. You can hear sliding and ringing and when checking the instruments on this song there is only the guitar the bases and the drums. It sounds like so much more.
While there is not a throw-away song on this cd Congo Square is the most commanding. It is a mesmerizing song from the first note. Congo Square takes the listener to the heart of voodoo land. As Landreth says "It might be superstition." who is going to take a chance.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...only because SIX stars isn't an option! January 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Okay, if you got to this page then you obviously have at least some interest in Sonny Landreth. Here are four easy steps to follow: (1) Ignore the 'Editorial Reviews' drivel about his weaknesses (2) Listen to the sample of "Native Stepson" (3) Listen to the sample of "C'Est Chaud" (4) Quit wasting time, and order this album.
I first heard "South of I-10" in late 1994 (about a month before its January '95 release) when I happened on a pre-release review copy. I had heard of Sonny Landreth a few times before, notably on John Hiatt's "Slow Turning" and Kenny Loggins' "Outside:From the Redwoods". None of that admirable session work prepared me for what I heard on this album. There are plenty of good slide guitarists in the world, and there are lots of good Cajun musicians, but nobody puts those two things together like Sonny Landreth does.
I defy you to get through the first three tracks of this album without becoming a Sonny Landreth fan. The songs are well written, and fire the imagination from the first notes. As a guitarist, Landreth's style is truly unique, and his instrumental breaks overflow with virtuosity and inventiveness. Slide guitar work suddenly gives way to fabulous picking, and then flows seamlessly back into slide. By the time you hear the instrumental "Native Stepson" you'll be convinced that the album just can't get any better. And you'll be wrong.
So go back to the four steps listed above, and get to step four right away. By the time you've heard this album once or twice you'll even be ready for step five: Order Sonny Landreth's newest album, "Levee Town". Then you'll be ready for many long arguments with yourself over which album is better.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars START WITH THIS CD! September 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
You'll want 'em all. "Shootin for the Moon" starts it off with a little vocal assistance from none other than Mark Knopfler. (He sits in with Sonny on Creole Angel...) I just witnessed Sonny perform in Fort Smith, He encored with "Congo Square" and we were screaming "Don't go, Sonny!!! Please don't go!!!" He is even better live (if that is possible) than on the CD. What a band too! EXCELLENT 3-Piece band. He ends the CD with a spiritual beauty of a song "Great Gulf Wind"... Being a Southerner and having lived in South Louisiana, I can identify with many of the lyrics. If you haven't... his music will take you there. Simply AWESOME 10+++++++!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart, Heart, Heart January 31, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This man has Heart and Soul. I have been a musician for over 30 years and I have NEVER heard Slide Guitar like he plays. I discovered this Album from a promo CD in 1995 while working as manager of a record store. Now, I love my hard rock and I love my Beatles but when I heard the first opening chords of the CD I knew I was hearing something special. As I listened to the whole thing I have to say a tear came to my eye hearing the chord progressions and the sound of his Guitar and Voice. Don't worry about comparing one of his Albums to another...This Album stands alone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Great Album November 1, 2007
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The Music Gods have been very generous in sending us Sonny Landreth. This is the album that really puts Sonny on the map. Recorded back in 1995, guests such as Mark Knopfler (he shares lead guitar duties with Sonny on the masterpiece "Congo Square") appear throughout the album. If you love slide guitar, your collection is not complete if don't have Sonny's work. This album is an excellent place to start your collection, because once you hear Sonny, you are going to want to get everything he's ever done.
//Alaska Scott
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Freak of Nature, but in a VERY GOOD way
This may be an early album, but it's great. This just proves that Sonny has been phenomenal for quite a while. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Calvin Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Artistry
This release, along with Levee Town, are essential in the Sonny Landreth catalogue. This guy is so talented - that is why John Hiatt had him in his band. Highly recommended!
Published 7 months ago by Kramer1
4.0 out of 5 stars Great find
It was nice to discover a really great slide tone and play from someone who grew up in the the home this wonderful music. It was a nice cross between tradition and modern style. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mike F. Brondstetter
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice mellow blues to add to your collection
I can't even recall how I heard about this artist but his music is very enjoyable. The songs are great. Read more
Published 10 months ago by E. Bugera
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonny captures the bayou atmosphere !
Just cue up and listen to " Shootin for the Moon".
Sonny brings the unique feeling of his part of the
country right to you. Read more
Published 13 months ago by sixtysomething
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album!
Some great songs on this cd. Well recorded and as always, anything Sonny does is loaded with his awesome talent on the guitar.
Published 13 months ago by Mr. Atomic
5.0 out of 5 stars South of I10
Sonny Landreth is amazing. I have seen him twice and love his music. He is one of the best artists around.
Published 13 months ago by Kathy Box
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sliding Landreth!
This CD is one of Sonny Landreth's better works - there isn't a loser song on the disk!

He's on his game and this disk is a great exhibit to make the argument that Sonny... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mitzdawg
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
I really like this album & am impressed with Sonny's guitar work as well as his voice. I play it as often as I do Joe Bonamassa or Warren Haynes.
Published 19 months ago by jamie
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and insructive
The album was recommended by my guitar teacher, as a good representation of Sonny Landrith's work. Mark Riley has played with him numerous times(my teacher). Read more
Published 19 months ago by eric lindgren
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