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.