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Sonny Landreth: Master Of The Slide Guitar

Brian C. Miller Richard

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, Johnny Winter, Peter Frampton, and B.B. King — all with whom he's toured recently.  

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

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.

Our thanks to KRVS/Radio Acadie in Lafayette for production help for this hour. Merci mille fois!



Most of the music heard during the show is available for you to stream to your desktop or mobile device. And here's a complete playlist [.pdf] for you to print and take with you to your neighborhood record store.



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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.