Review: Sonny Landreth – Bound By The Blues

Posted on: Monday, Oct 12, 2015

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Sonny Landreth – Bound By The Blues

(Provogue – PRD PROMO 466)

The Mississippi-born, Louisiana-raised slide virtuoso has returned to the music that inspired him on “Bound By The Blues” – a ten-track collections that showcases  his amazing guitar technique – indeed, he is one of those players that you only need to hear a note or two to tell straight away who it is!

The album has been around a little while now, but must be an essential purchase for all slide guitar lovers! It’s easy to see how he has shared stages with the likes of Eric Clapton and also worked with the likes of John Mayall and John Hiatt. Landreth first recorded in 1981, and he is a musician who has never ‘stood still’ over the years, as one of the most inventive and expressive players around.

His terrific tone and jaw-dropping technique is evident throughout “Bound By The Blues” . . . from the opening  Robert Johnson tune, “Walkin’ Blues”, to the closing “Simcoe Street”. He ‘doffs the cap’ to some blues greats with interpretations of  “It Hurts Me Too”, “Dust My Broom” and “Key To The Highway” and dedicates “Firebird Blues” to the memory of the late, great Johnny Winter.

Sonny Landreth in his back catalogue has dipped into rock, folk, zydeco, jazz and more . . . but here he is firmly “Bound By The Blues”. Highly recommended of course!

GRAHAME RHODES

www.sonnylandreth.com

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