Sonny Landreth – Levee Town

Levee Town

Let’s just say it. Sonny Landreth is one of the best slide guitarists in the history of rock and roll. The title cut, which opens the album, is proof of that. After a great groove and lyric, Sonny’s solo is pretty much a textbook for slide. That pretty much sums up the whole album. And, I don’t mean that as any kind of insult. It’s not boring in anyway. Sonny’s guitar slashes and cuts with authority. His Louisiana roots shine through too. There’s plenty of zydeco and cajun feel.

I’ve always loved Sonny’s lyrics too. You get a real feel for the area and what he’s thinking. They create a feel that matches his very atmospheric playing and vocals. There’s two instruments here too that really cook. “Spider-Gris” sparkles with a country-rock feel that has to be heard to really be appreciated, and “Z Rider” is just a pedal-to-the-medal rocker that allows Landreth to show off his chops. I’ve gotta tell ya, anyone interested in slide guitar, rock guitar, and likes it a little off the beaten path should check this out. He’s a real treasure.

This review originally appeared in VG‘s Mar. ’01 issue.

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