Sonny Landreth: Recorded Live in Lafayette (Mascot)

Sonny Landreth
Recorded Live in Lafayette
(Mascot)

Live albums often mark a pivotal point in an artist’s career and rank high among fan favorites. Louisiana slide guitar master Sonny Landreth returned to his home town for three shows at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, which resulted in the simply titled double album, ‘Recorded Live in Lafayette.’

‘Recorded Live in Lafayette’ is a 16-song collection featuring an acoustic set and a live set, which finds Landreth, along with Dave Ransom (bass), Brian Brignae (drums), Steve Conn (keyboards, accordion), and Sam Broussard (acoustic guitar), in their element of a relaxed environment.

Landreth has released live albums before, but none featuring a full set of acoustic arrangements of material dating back to his1981 debut. The night opens with one of his signature tunes “Blues Attack,” which serves as both an introduction and warning of what is to come. He then leads the quintet on Dobro through favorites like “Hell at Home,” “U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile,” and a rare rendition of the two-step boogie “Creole Angel.” The title track of his Blues Music Award winning album “Bound by The Blues,” becomes a gentle meditation on Landreth’s deep love for the music and people of the southland.

Landreth unleashes his Stratocaster and treasured Dumble amp for the electric set on disc two, demonstrating how he earned the moniker “The King of Slydeco.” The sweeping instrumentals “Brave New Girl,” and “Buress,” fuse elements of jazz, blues and world music into a sonic gumbo. The easy-going creole flavored “Soul Salvation,” and his tight reinvention of Robert Johnson’s “Walkin’ Blues,” also proves that Landreth is a genuine Cajun troubadour and true blues master.