Sonny Landreth has been called a "musicians musician" and rightfully so. Initially inspired by Blues legends Robert Johnson, Skip James and Mississippi John Hurt, Landreth is one of the premier contemporary slide guitar players and has worked with everyone from Marcia Ball to John Mayall. In addition to recording solo projects and making guest appearances, he's a regular band member in John Hiatt's Goners. While his claim to fame is the Louisiana flavored song "Congo Square", (which was made famous by the Neville Brothers but has also been recorded by Kenny Neal and Chris Daniels) he has steadily gained notoriety as a solo artist in is own right.
The Road We're On is an eclectic record to say the least which is a worthy predecessor to his 2000 Cajun drenched release, Levee Town. Landreth stirs the pot with a dash of Southern Fried blues on "Hell At Home" where he showcases a tasty dobro solo. The straight ahead Rock mood of "All About You" has an Allman Brothers quality and a Zydeco texture manifest on "Gone Pecan". Landreth goes for an authentic delta feel on "Juke Box Mama" with just an acoustic resonator guitar accompaniment. Probably the song that will crossover with the most ease is "Natural World". While it is still down and dirty with some nasty guitar riffs and solo's, it has a radio friendly consistency more so then the rest of the disc.
Sonny Landreth has only been recording solo projects since 1992 and each record has received critical praise. Chock full of well crafted songs and stellar musicianship, The Road We're On will undoubtedly find an even wider audience as Landreth hits the festival circuit this summer.
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