Slide guitar virtuoso Sonny Landreth is back with his first live album in 12 years.
The double LP ‘Recorded Live In Lafayette’, due on 30 June, features two sets, one acoustic and one electric, that span his entire career, beginning with the title track of his debut album ‘Blues Attack’.
“It gives you a chance to explore those songs in a different way,” Landreth says of the acoustic set. “The familiarity is there, but I also wanted to turn those guys loose as much as possible,” he adds, referring to his band: Dave Ranson on ukulele bass, Brian Brignac on cajón, Steve Conn on accordion, and Sam Broussard on acoustic guitar.
Also getting the unplugged treatment are live favourites like ‘Hell at Home’ and ‘U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile’, the rarely performed ‘Creole Angel’, and Landreth’s own spin on ‘Key to the Highway’.
“If I’ve ever had a theme song, that would be it,” he explains. “All of my heroes have done it, and it’s still to me one of the greatest blues tunes ever written. It’s kind of like coming home.”
The 16-track, 93-minute follows the Grammy nominee’s back-to-back Blues Music Awards for Best Guitarist and Best Blues Album for ‘Bound by the Blues’.