The New Musical Obsession: Sonny Landreth

Music hits you in the strangest places. (Yes, sometimes even the groin.) Last night, I was walking into the den to shut off the TV for dinner when some music caught my eye (and ear). PBS–left on by my Dragon Tales-obsessed son–was playing the full concert of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival from this past summer, and some cat was completely tearing up the stage with a combination of amazing fretwork, slide, and melody–three things that almost never go together. I was freakin’ mesmerized. After getting hollered at by the entire family to GET IN HERE, DINNER’S GETTING COLD, I did a little research on the web and found that the dude’s name was Sonny Landreth, the tune was called “Uberesso,” and hey presto, here it is:

Not bad, huh? Check out some of the other videos where he hangs with Clapton Himself. (Clapton’s got a habit of coasting musically, but when a big-time player challenges him, he comes up huge.) Far as I can tell, Landreth’s never released this particular song commercially, but he’s got some other great material out there, which I immediately vacuumed off iTunes. And go check out SonnyLandreth.com, where he’s got some free stuff for download. (It’s in the “Lagniappe” section.)

Great music. Oh, and yes, I’m well aware of the fact that I’m trolling PBS for music means I’m old and in the way. Tough.

Jay

4 Responses to “The New Musical Obsession: Sonny Landreth

  • kmsoap
    ago9 years

    “Uberesso” will be released on Landreth’s upcoming CD, due out in late April.

    From the latest Slidelines newsletter:

    Sonny’s new album is due April 20, and it’ll feature guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Vince Gill, Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Dr. John and Jimmy Buffet.

    “The guest thing/duet approach has already been done to no end,” Sonny says. “My hope was to make this different by writing songs specifically for each artist. Because I’m so familiar with their styles, and they’ve all had such an impact on me, I used that connection to make these collaborations have chemistry. I didn’t want this to sound like an album of ‘sit ins,’ I want it to sound more like these friends are in the band.”

    The ideas behind this project have been germinating for a while, Sonny says. “That’s one of the great things about playing so many sessions. I was able to tap back into many of the experiences I’ve had with all the guests on this project.”

    Most of all, he says, “I was very touched by how everyone enthusiastically offered to sign on and worked to make it really easy for me to set it up and to put things in place to make it happen.”

  • Anonymous
    ago9 years

    Sonny is worth obsessing about. I discovered him a couple of years ago, when his Grant Street CD came out, and he just keeps getting better, both as a musician and as a songwriter. Mark April 20, 2008, on your calendar–he’ll have a new record out that day with such guest artists as Clapton and Knopfler. And for heaven’s sake, go see him live as soon as you can–before everyone sees that Crossroads appearance and he starts playing bigger venues at higher ticket prices. Right now you can still catch him in 300 seat halls at $25. I’ll be at his Dallas show next week. He is just as brilliant live as he is in the studio. No tricks, no big honkin’ racks of effects pedals, just the man, his two-man backup band, and his astonishing skill on the guitar. Worth the price.
    Gigi

  • Awesome! Thanks, folks. I’m there right on April 20. Good to get on that bandwagon while it’s still moving slow enough to catch.

  • Anonymous
    ago9 years

    The guy is a MONSTER!!!!!

    On the CD this is a duet with Eric Johnson.

    I share the obsession.

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