Sonny Landreth won the 2007 GP Reader’s Poll award for Best Slide Guitarist, and he’s the cover artist for the upcoming October 2008 issue. His new CD, From the Reach, topped Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart upon its release, and it features guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Eric Johnson, and other aces. The man is clearly at the top of his game, and Guitar Player is extra proud to be presenting his show at the incredible Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Friday, August 1st.
GP readers are familiar with Sonny from multiple stories in the magazine including a July 2003 Master Class, and a three-part Slide Seminar that culminated in the May 2007 issue. The Lessons section of the upcoming October issue combines some of that material with new insights told to associate editor Jude Gold. He writes:
“In decades gone by there were distinct differences between, say, the Detroit, Nashville, and Chicago sounds. While these disparate regions still have their own musical identities, their flavors have all—perhaps thanks to the Internet (and major label conglomeration)—become significantly more homogenized. One thing that’s refreshing about Sonny Landreth, though, is that you can really hear deep Louisiana roots in his playing. There’s nothing watered down about this sound.”
Sonny is famous for his behind-the-slide technique. He tells Gold: “There’s an infinite number of licks an to be discovered behind the slide. Experiment, and you’ll find all kinds of sounds. Some will be beautiful, some will be uglier than sin. It’s beauty and the beast.”
Landreth also has breathtaking tone. The wealth of harmonic overtones he rings from his rig is otherworldly, and Fender is in the process of perfecting a Signature Stratocaster in Sonny’s honor.
Come out and help GP pay homage to Sonny Landreth, a maestro of the highest order who’s been tearing it up somewhat under the radar for years, and is finally making a huge blip!
Guitar Player Presents Sonny Landreth
Friday, August 1 at the Great American Music Hall
859 O’Farrell St. in SF between Larkin and Polk in San Francisco
Shana Morrison opens
8 pm doors, 9pm show; $20 gen. admission, $44.95 dinner tickets
Free Guitar Player magazines and D’Addario strings
GP editors will be present
For a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show click HERE and put Landreth in the subject of your email. Including a phone number is a good idea. Winner must provide own transportation to the Greath American Music Hall in San Francisco and have his or her own accommodations in the Bay Area on August 1.