Friday, April 24, 2015

CD Preview: Sonny Landreth’s Bound By The Blues

Sonny Landreth's Bound By The Blues
It’s been almost three years since the extraordinary guitarist Sonny Landreth released his last album, 2012’s Elemental Journey. The disc was Landreth’s first totally instrumental work, and it veered – ever so slightly – from his typical Delta-bred slide-guitar sound into a more jazz-flecked direction. On June 9th, 2015 Provogue Records will release Bound By The Blues, which is said to represent a return, of sorts (he never really left) to his blues-based sound.

Landreth returns to the microphone for Bound By The Blues, the album offering ten tracks that showcase the guitarist’s amazing tone and dexterity, as well as his subtle, uniquely twangy vocals. The album’s title track name checks Landreth’s musical heroes like Muddy Waters and Jimi Hendrix, and thanks to the good folks at Provogue Records, you can listen to it below via SoundCloud.

In a press release for Bound By The Blues, Landreth says "ever since The Road We’re On, fans have been asking me, “When are you going to do another blues album?’ After expanding my songs for Elemental Journey into an orchestral form, I thought I'd get back to the simple but powerful blues form. I’d been playing a lot of these songs on the road with my band, and we’ve been taking them into some surprising places musically. So going into the studio to record them with just our trio seemed like the next step.”

Landreth has enjoyed a lengthy and critically-acclaimed career. Through the years, Landreth has played and recorded with artists like John Hiatt, John Mayall, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Buffet, among many others. Since the 1981 release of his solo debut Blues Attack, the guitarist has released better than a dozen live and studio albums that mix blues, rock, folk, zydeco, and jazz into a sound that defines the Americana genre.

“Developing a style and an approach that is your own musically is not something to be taken for granted,” says Landreth. “I'm at a point in life where I want to make the most of every moment I can and that changes your perspective, your priorities and how you relate to everyone else. And at the end of the day, I think that's the essence of what I wanted to express with Bound By The Blues.”

Buy the CD from Sonny Landreth's Bound By the Blues

Sonny Landreth tour dates:
4/26 @ Mid-City Bowling Lanes, New Orleans LA
4/29 @ Guitar Frenzy, New Orleans LA
5/03 @ Mid-City Bowling Lanes, New Orleans LA
5/07 @ Acadiana Center For The Arts, Lafayette LA
5/08 @ Acadiana Center For The Arts, Lafayette LA
5/16 @ El Paso Blues and Jazz Festival, El Paso TX
5/30 @ Dallas International Guitar Festival, Dallas TX
5/31 @ Dallas International Guitar Festival, Dallas TX
6/04 @ Callahan's Music Hall, Auburn Hills MI
6/05 @ Fitzgerald's, Berwyn IL
6/06 @ Fitzgerald's, Berwyn IL
6/11 @ World Cafe Live At The Queen, Wilmington DE
6/12 @ Musikfest Cafe, Bethlehem PA
6/13 @ Boulton Center For The Performing Arts, Bay Shore NY
6/14 @ City Winery, New York NY
6/18 @ The Southern Cafe and Music Hall, Charlottesville VA
6/19 @ Ram's Head, Annapolis MD
6/20 @ Columbia Pike Blues Festival, Arlington VA
6/21 @ Bayou Boogaloo And Cajun Food Festival, Norfolk VA
7/11 @ La Fete de Marquette, Madison WI
7/16 @ Gitare En Scene Festival, St. Julien, France
7/17 @ Sion Sous Les Etoiles Festival, Sion, Switzerland
8/02 @ Sonny Landreth Workshops - Vail Academy, Vail CO
8/03 @ Sonny Landreth Workshops - Vail Academy, Vail CO
8/04 @ Sonny Landreth Workshops - Vail Academy, Vail CO
8/05 @ Sonny Landreth Workshops - Vail Academy, Vail CO
8/09 @ Guitar Town, Copper Mountain CO
8/15 @ Big Bull Falls Blues Festival, Wausau WI

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