LIVE: Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar @ The Egg, 1/31/14

February 11th, 2014, 3:30 pm by Greg
Cindy Cashdollar and Sonny Landreth (photo by Ed Conway)

Cindy Cashdollar and Sonny Landreth (photo by Ed Conway)

Review and photographs by Ed Conway
Additional photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was a marriage made in heaven, at least for those of us who love the slide in all its forms. The king of the slide guitar meets the queen of the dobro, with no other accompaniment.

Sonny Landreth, from the Lafayette, Louisiana area, has played with a veritable who’s-who of rock and blues guitarists – from Mark Knopfler to Eric Johnson – who appear throughout several of his albums. His command of the slide guitar is like no other. Using a series of guitars, tuned to different keys, he can play both complex melodies and rhythms. This is done while achieving different sounds by picking both ahead of and behind his left hand, which is alternating between perfectly pitched slide positions and using the other fingers as well as any blues guitarist.

Cindy Cashdollar, originally from a little south of here in Woodstock, has played with her own share of luminaries, including Levon Helm and Bob Dylan. Along the way, she has earned five Grammy Awards.

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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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Sonny Landreth, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

July 7th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg
Sonny Landreth

Sonny Landreth

“I don’t know if I remember the very first album I bought, but I remember some of the early ones. And some singles, too.

I remember when I moved from Mississippi to Louisiana, and I was going to my first Mardi Gras. Talk about culture shock. So I’m walking through downtown Lafayette, and I hear this song on the jukebox inside a club. I sneak in – nobody cares because it’s Mardi Gras – and it’s ‘Unchain My Heart’ by Ray Charles. I had listened to music and loved music for years before that, but I had to have that song. I had to go buy that. That song just hit me, and I had to have it. I had to own it. I couldn’t wait around until the next time I heard it on the radio.

And I can remember the twist phase, too, and I bought a couple of twist albums long before I even had a guitar or anything. Fast forward to many, many years later, and I was in the studio working on this tune, ‘Woke Up This Morning,’ a B.B. King song. But I didn’t know all of the words. So I called up this friend of mine, and I got all of the verses from him. Then later that day, I’m digging through my closet, and I come across this album, ‘Twist with B.B. King.’ And what’s the lead track? ‘Woke Up This Morning.’ That song had always resonated with me, but, of course, I had totally forgotten about it consciously.

Songs have a way of planting a seed, and you carry them with you, and hopefully you turn it into something that’s your own. I think that’s the nature of creativity.”

Louisiana guitar hero Sonny Landreth – who Eric Clapton has called “the most under-estimated musician on the planet and also probably one of the most advanced” – leads his band into Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Friday. Tix are $25.

Real Good for Free: Sonny Landreth @ Mountain Park, 8/15

August 10th, 2009, 7:16 am by Greg

The Iron Horse Entertainment Group rules the Northampton, Mass. music scene with a great string of venues including the Iron Horse Music Hall, Pearl Street, the Basement and the Calvin Theater.

Now they’re enlarging their entertainment empire with the addition of a new venue – Mountain Park on Route 5, Holyoke, Mass.

As previously announced, the Decemberists and the Heartless Bastards will play there on Sunday, August 16.

But the venue will get a test drive – so to speak – with a free concert on Saturday, August 15. Louisiana guitarslinger Sonny Landreth headlines the big bash, which will also include Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, Johnny A, Rubblebucket Orchestra and the Frank Manzi Band.

The free, eight-hour festival is scheduled to begin at 2pm.

Admission is free, and so is parking.

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