Sonny Landreth: "Grant Street"

Slide guitar virtuoso Sonny Landreth will be releasing a new live CD January 25, 2005 entitled “Grant Street.” True to its name, Sonny has gone back to his roots in Lafayette, Louisiana to record this CD at the place where he was on the bill of the Grant Street Dancehall’s first show 24 years ago.

Over an hour of live cuts; some old (from “Levee Town”, South of I-10” and “The Road We’re On”) and 3 brand new songs showcase his hard driving blues, incredible slide work, and just plain rockin’. Long time associates, Kenneth Blevins on drums and Dave Ranson on bass definitely showcase their talents also, as this disc captures the excitement and electricity that abounds at a live Sonny show.
The instrumental “Native Stepson” opens the set, followed by the pounding, driving, “Broken hearted Road”. Crowd favorites “Gone Pecan”, “Port of Calling”, and “Blues Attack” get the feet dancing, and you can’t help but wave your arms in the air when “the dog wags his tail” in “Blues Attack.” Another instrumental, “Z-Rider” warms the crowd up for some down home feelings with the “U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile.” A brand new tune "Wind in Denver” shows that Sonny is still writing some damn good songs. Maybe this will help him get the respect as a songwriter he gets as a player. Another hard, bass driven blues number “All About You,” sets the stage for his second new song, “Pedal to the Metal.” This one has been performed during his 2004 tour and has proved to be a crowd favorite, with Sonny just wailing like the title suggests. The 10 minute encore version of “Congo Square” showcases Sonny’s talents as only a live version can. The CD was recorded this spring over the course of two nights. Sonny insisted on no overdubs, so it’s raw, real energy. The recording itself is of excellent sound quality and well balanced.

If you can’t get the CD “Grant Street” right when it comes out, get to one of Sonny’s shows instead. In early February, he’s at BB King’s in New York, Wolf Trap, the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, and at The World Café in Philadelphia. So hear and SEE for yourself the incredible excitement of Sonny Landreth Live.

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