Review: Sonny Landreth

Sonny Landreth
“The Road We’re On”
(Sugar Hill)

Landreth plays a varied slide guitar style combining bottleneck slide, palm and thumb-picking techniques for a sound varied texture. This is the eight-album from the blues veteran and features studio recordings of Landreth with a varied cast of backing musicians including keyboardist Steve Conn, Danny Kimball, and Joe Mouton. Engineer is R.S. Field, who first met Sonny when they were recording with British blues legend John Mayall in 1990.

The album features a sublimated funk style and a big, booming sound perhaps picked up from the boisterous music Sonny met with accordionist Clifton Chenier’s Red Hot Louisiana Band. Music fans that include not only Chenier but also Scotty Moore and Duane Allman, and Clifton Chenier will definitely enjoy this rousing electric blues guitar album.