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Sonny Landreth's Extraordinary Sound

Brian C. Miller Richard
Sonny Landreth

If you've never seen Sonny Landreth's hands glide over the fret of his slide guitar, you should. It's like watching someone touch the finest of silk.

If you've never heard Sonny Landreth play the blues, or classical music or flat out rock 'n roll, you should. His sound is extraordinary.

Landreth's fans include John Hiatt, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt and Johnny Winter — with whom he toured earlier this year.

Not bad for a self-described "stepson" of Louisiana, born in Mississippi and raised on big helpings of Cajun and Zydeco music.

This week, Landreth talks to Music Inside Out about his many triumphs and even a few mistakes along the way. But the mistakes never seem to appear in his music. Take our word for it. You should.

Classified    Spotify | MOG
James Booker

Wonderide*   Spotify | MOG
Sonny Landreth
*version heard on MIO was a recording made during the interview

Road A Plenty    MOG
Sonny Landreth

Broken Hearted Road   Spotify (live) | MOG (studio)
Sonny Landreth

Opening Sky   Spotify | MOG
Sonny Landreth

M'ssippi Blues   Spotify | MOG
Sonny Landreth

Jim Bowie Theme   YouTube (video)
Ken Darby & The King's Men

Lazy Boy   Spotify | MOG 
Sonny Landreth

Have Guitar Will Travel   Spotify | MOG 
Scotty Moore

Cajun Waltz   Spotify | MOG 
Sonny Landreth

South of I-10*   Spotify | MOG 
Sonny Landreth
*version heard on MIO was recorded at Jazz Fest 2007

Don't Touch My Leg   Spotify | MOG
Clifton Chenier

True Blue   Spotify | MOG 
Sonny Landreth

Don't Start Me Talkin'   Spotify | MOG 
Sonny Boy Williamson

The Sky is Crying   Spotify (live) | MOG 
Elmore James

I Got My Mojo Working   Spotify | MOG 
Paul Butterfield

The Weight   Spotify | MOG 
The Band

Storm of Worry   Spotify | MOG 
Sonny Landreth & Eric Clapton

Brave New Girl   Spotify | MOG 
Sonny Landreth

For more information, visit Sonny Landreth's website for tour dates. Our thanks to KRVS/Radio Acadie in Lafayette, LA. Merci mille fois!

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Gwen Thompkins is a New Orleans native, NPR veteran and host of WWNO's Music Inside Out, where she brings to bear the knowledge and experience she amassed as senior editor of Weekend Edition, an East Africa correspondent, the holder of Nieman and Watson Fellowships, and as a longtime student of music from around the world.