5:30 p.m. • May 24 • Indiana, PA • Free Admission
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The music of southwest Louisiana-based guitarist, songwriter, and singer Sonny Landreth is an evocative, a vibrant mixture of indigenous sounds and images informed by Delta blues and William Faulkner alike.
His blues slide guitar playing is distinctive and unlike anything else you’ve ever heard. His unorthodox guitar style comes from the manner in which he simultaneously plays slide and makes fingering movements on the fretboard. Landreth, who has an easygoing personality, can play it all. His distinctive guitar playing can be heard on recordings by John Hiatt, Leslie West and Mountain, and other rock and rollers.
Landreth was born in 1951 in Canton, Mississippi, and his family lived in Jackson, Mississippi, for a few years before settling in Lafayette, Louisiana. He began playing guitar after a long tenure with the trumpet. His earliest inspiration came from Scotty Moore, the guitarist from Elvis Presley’s band; but, as time went on, he learned from the recordings of musicians and groups like Chet Atkins and the Ventures.
After his first professional gig with accordionist Clifton Chenier in the ’70s, Landreth struck out on his own, but not before he recorded two albums for the Blues Unlimited label out of Crowley, Louisiana, Blues Attack in 1981 and Way Down in Louisiana in 1985.
The second of those two albums got him noticed by record executives in Nashville, which in turn led to his recording and touring work with John Hiatt. That led to still more work with John Mayall, who recorded Landreth’s radio-ready “Congo Square.” More recently, his 2008 album, From the Reach, featured guest stars such as Eric Clapton, Vince Gill, and Jimmy Buffet and hit No. 1 on the Billboard blues chart. His latest album, Elemental Journey, is an all-instrumental effort that reached No. 4 on the Billboard blues album chart.
Eric Clapton says Sonny is the most underestimated musician on earth and probably one of the most advanced. Come see for yourself.