Sonny Landreth "Bound By the Blues"

Louisiana bluesman Sonny Landreth gets back to basics with a mix of original songs and blues classics

Sonny Landreth came honestly to his nickname “The King of Slydeco.”  He’s a phenomenal slide guitarist who has never strayed too far from his Louisiana roots.

Over the decades he’s worked with English bluesman John Mayall, root-rocker John Hiatt, Eric Clapton, and Clifton Chenier’s Red Hot Louisiana Band. He’s experimented with jazz, rock, roots, and zydeco elements in his own music. For his latest album he’s returned to the fundamentals of blues with a few flourishes of zydeco and rock.

For Bound By the Blues Landreth leads a trio that includes bassist David Ranson and drummer Brian Brignac.  He and co-producer Tony Daigle keep the production tight and functional, focusing on Landreth’s distinctive guitar work. Ranson and Daigle keep a propulsive pace on rocking zingers like “Cherry Bomb” or the title track – one of five Landreth’s original songs. He also covers songs by blues legends Robert Johnson, Elmore James, and Big Bill Broonzy. The original instrumental “Firebird Blues” is a fitting tribute to the late great Johnny Winter.

Landreth’s dedication to the blues permeates his lyrics and is the bass for all these songs, but Louisiana is never far from the man’s output. It seeps into his music like a delta flood. His swampy guitar riffs hang over his songs like Spanish moss and his slide licks sidle up like a silent gator at the ready to snap.

Rosemary Welsch (Afternoon Mix Host)