Who does Eric Clapton nominate as the best contemporary blues guitarist ?
Who would you put forward as the best slide guitarist since Duane Allman ?
None other than Mississippi-born, Sonny Landreth.
Landreth is the master of the slide guitar, developing his own unique style, playing the slide with his little finger to allow him to simultaniously play chords with the rest of his hand and tap, slap and pick the strings at the same time.
He mixes hard hitting blues rock with cajun, country, etc.
Landreth has performed on albums by such guitar gods as John Mayall, Mark Knopfler and Buddy Guy and released ten albums in his own right (check out his signature tune “Native Stepson’).
Well, his new album came out May 19, 2008, "From the Reach", a duets album with none other than...........get this......
Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, Dr John and Jimmy Buffett.
"It’s the classic dream come true,I wrote these songs with these guests in mind, as a tribute to their influence on me. Inviting them to come aboard led us down some amazing paths.”
The meaning of the title of the album, as Sonny says is multifaced:
“When I write, I try to surrender to the flow of it all and see what bubbles to the top. This time around, the word reach kept coming up. In addition to its obvious meaning, it can relate to an expanse – a reach of sky, desert, water, or in particular a channel or body of water. Also, it can refer to the direction of the wind in nautical terms, so Megan utilized waterway maps in the package design. I felt like that all really fit well thematically with the album. For me, the title is the connecting thread in terms of the writing process and the project as a whole. I reached out to all these great artists and what you hear on this disc is what came back.”
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