LIVE: Sonny Landreth @ Club Helsinki, 8/3/12

August 30th, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg
Sonny Landreth

Sonny Landreth

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Ed Conway

Charlie Christian. Les Paul. Jimi Hendrix. Eddie Van Halen. Sonny Landreth. The mathematical problem with this series is that few listeners have heard of Sonny Landreth, while even non-guitar-geeks are aware of the historical significance of Charlie Christian and Les Paul. But Landreth has taken the electric guitar on a similar leap forward, forging a singular slide-based style that leaves the likes of Eric Clapton with their mouths hanging open.

Landreth’s ridiculous chops were on full view recently at Hudson’S Club Helsinki, where he used all seventeen fingers to make his instrument squeal like a pig, sing like a bird and do the shimmy like my sister Kate. Naked. Holding a banana.

Really, he’s that good.

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Live: LarkFEST, Part II

September 27th, 2010, 2:30 pm by Greg

Chris Barron (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Chris Barron (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Well, you couldn’t have asked for a better day in Albany, although the hot sun and soaring temperatures made it feel more like the Fourth of July instead of mid-September.

We didn’t catch all of the music – with two stages running simultaneously all day long – it was nearly impossible, especially after 2:30pm when the rapidly growing crowd made the stage-to-stage dash difficult, to say the least.

But we saw a lot of music – and it was all pretty good stuff.

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