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Sonny Landreth: "How Not to Sound Awful"

Acadiana Center for Film and Media

Sonny Landreth and his slide guitar have flown a million miles to entertain audiences around the world — and he's got the card from his airline to prove it. So if you haven't yet seen Landreth in concert, whose fault is that?

This week, Music Inside Out travels to Lafayette, Louisiana to hear the great Landreth play.

Bonnie Raitt, John Hiatt, Mark Knopfler, Jimmy Buffett, Johnny Winter and Eric Clapton are among his fans. And after hearing our interview, you'll be a fan too.


During the interview, Sonny tells Gwen that when he first picked up a guitar, with faithful Rex at his side, his goal was "not to sound awful." Now that he's a monster on his instrument, he's helping a new generation of beginning guitarists with master class sessions on his website. (Bring your own dog.)


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.