The Road We're On
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The first time I heard Sonny Landreth play, which was just a year ago, I opened my mouth and couldn't close it until the set was finished. I literally did not believe what I heard. It felt like I was hearing Bach play the harpsicord or Louis Armstrong the trumpet. While Landreth's influences are many his sound is entirely unique. Why wait until until he has been dead 100 years? Support this musical genius now.
A self confessed guitar geek, Sonny presses, pushes, pulls and slaps guitar strings in ways that no one else has ever figured out. He has earned the respect of musicians as diverse as Mark Knopfler and Jimmy Buffett.
Sonny's new CD "The Road We're On" has a wonderful familiar nostalgic feel to it while at the same time being completely original. This sound is created with, among other things, the use of vintage guitars and microphones to create a kind of echoing fifties Chuck Berry mood. Landreth can get a range of sounds from an electric guitar that you have never heard before, my favorite being that of a mandolin on the eery, otherworldly "World Away".Read more ›
And boy, was it more than warm! EVERY song was high-energy/high volume hard-edged, driving blues/zydeco, with Sonny's guitar much more in front than has been the case on his studio CD's. Each song included an extended solo rather than just ornamental work, so I was really looking forward to the release of the CD.
And it has not disappointed. The Road We're On does a great job of capturing that energy and drive of the live show. Blast the title track and you'll experience being blown off the dance floor to Dave Ranson's power bass and Brian Burch's explosive drumming. And, of course, Sonny wailing with much more (controlled) volume than you've heard before.
You won't find any tunes on the CD with the type of lushness of some of the songs on Levee Town or South of I-10. The production shoots for immediacy, in your face, almost power trio stuff. Much of it sounds like single take, or with minimum overdubs.
I felt like I was back at that club in Philly. Or, from one of the zydeco stompers, Gone Pecan:
"So don't come knockin'
we ain't home
me and mine
are gone pecan"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this for my mother and she loves it. Country blues it is.Published 10 days ago by craftman
He is the best slide guitar player that I've ever listened to. I'm very glad that I decided to try him out, I just can't get enough of this album! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is an excellent album. I like the music played here better than what he has done on the Crossroads Guitar Festival DVDs. He ranges from blues to soft rock.Published 15 months ago by Chess Nerd
classic slide/cajun music from a studio and live master musician. His style is unique and well worth seeing/appreciating. Good album!Published 19 months ago by paul. zimba
First saw Sonny Landreth on the Crossroads dvds. Really enjoyed his performances on those dvds so I thought I would find more of his music. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Mr. Atomic
From opening track to the final note, this cd is fantastic! I have to say that this cd has spent the most time in my cd player over the past several years than any other. Read morePublished on September 6, 2008 by D. Hill
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