Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New Release - Sonny Landreth – 'Levee Town'

Levee Town
Levee Town by Sonny Landreth

I'm always bragging on Sonny Landreth, when I answer questions over at Yahoo Answers. When ever people ask about blues guitar players of today who are putting out good music, he is one of my first recommendations.

This album has been a while comming, five years to be exact. But I think it has been worth it. I don't like to use too many superlatives when I write about a new ablbum because it usually takes some time to figure out just how good it is, but in this case it is clear, this is good.

Good on many levels, good songs, good singing and very good slide guitar playing. I have to say that Mr. Landreth is probably one of the best, if not the best blues slide guitar players around.

On this album there are special guests Stephen Bruton, John Hiatt, Bonnie Raitt, and Jennifer Warnes. Combine that with production from Mike Post, and you have a very nice presentation.

If you lik zydeco you will love the song "U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile." I also enjoyed "Turning With The Century" which has Landreth's trademark slide and a very Louisiana blues sound, but with a rock edge. "Broken Hearted Road", is the bluesiest sounding song on here, with a slow Delta style groove and great singing.

All the songs are strong for the most part. I recommend Levee Town to any and all lovers of good slide blues guitar playing.

1. Levee Town feat. John Hiatt 6:29
2. This River 4:22
3. The U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile 5:21
4. Love And Glory feat. Jennifer Warnes & Michael Boucet 4:17
5. Broken Hearted Road 4:44
6. Spider-Gris 3:44
7. Godchild 5:09
8. Turning With The Century 4:33
9. Z. Rider 4:06
10. Soul Salvation feat. Bonnie Raitt & Stephen Bruton 2:57
11. Angeline 3:58
12. Deep South 6:25

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