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.