“Dion knows how to sing, and he knows just the right way to craft these songs, these blues songs. He’s got some friends here to help him out, some true luminaries. But in the end, it’s Dion by himself alone, and that masterful voice of his that will keep you returning to share these Blues songs with him.” – Excerpt from Bob Dylan’s liner notes for Blues With Friends
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Although hardly anyone would see Landreth in the pantheon of guitar gods, the American musician has managed to gain the respect of, for example, John Mayall, in whose band he played, or Eric Clapton. Slowhand recognizes Sonny as one of the most technically advanced guitarists in the world.
Anyway, rarely any instrumentalist was able to create such a characteristic style of playing as Sonny Landreth. Sonny is also known as “The King of Slydeco,” while “slydeco” is a neologism referring to two concepts: slide technique and zydeco – a musical style from Louisiana. The Landreth put the slide tube on the smallest finger, thanks to which the rest of the hand can easily walk on the fingerboard, and he uses thumb pick, which allows for quick transitions between playing with the fingers and using the pick.
Sonny Landreth has recently more and more marked his participation in the blues world. Recorded Live In Lafayette from 2017 was nominated for a Grammy and Bound by the Blues (2015) for the Blues Music Awards.