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Nationality: American
Born: Feb 01 1951


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Guitarist, songwriter, and singer Sonny Landreth is a musician's musician who is best known for his signature slide playing. Landreth developed a technique where he frets notes and plays chords and chord fragments behind the slide while he plays. He plays with the slide on his little finger, so that his other fingers have more room to fret behind the slide. He's also known for his right-hand technique, which involves tapping, slapping, and picking strings, using all of the fingers on his right hand. His distinctive guitar playing can be heard on recordings by John Hiatt, Leslie West and ... Read more

Guitarist, songwriter, and singer Sonny Landreth is a musician's musician who is best known for his signature slide playing. Landreth developed a technique where he frets notes and plays chords and chord fragments behind the slide while he plays. He plays with the slide on his little finger, so that his other fingers have more room to fret behind the slide. He's also known for his right-hand technique, which involves tapping, slapping, and picking strings, using all of the fingers on his right hand. His distinctive guitar playing can be heard on recordings by John Hiatt, Leslie West and Mountain, and other rock & rollers.

Born February 1, 1951 in Canton, Mississippi, Sonny and his family lived in Jackson for a few years before settling in Lafayette, Louisiana. His earliest inspiration came from Scotty Moore, the guitarist from Elvis Presley's band, but as time went on, he learned from the recordings of musicians and groups like Chet Atkins and the Ventures. "When I finally discovered Robert Johnson, it all came together for me," Landreth said, noting that he also closely studied the recordings of Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, and Charley Patton.

After his first professional gig with accordionist Clifton Chenier in the '70s Landreth struck out on his own, with two albums for the Blues Unlimited label out of Crowley, Louisiana, Blues Attack in 1981 and Way Down in Louisiana in 1985. The second album got him noticed in Nashville, which led to recording and touring work with John Hiatt. He has recorded eleven albums on his own, and has worked with John Mayall, New Orleans bandleader and pianist Allen Toussaint, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Johnson amongst others. His latest release Elemental Journey has been described as a "masterpiece of fluid music" and features guest stars Joe Satriani, who delivers an astonishing, ferocious solo on the opener “Gaia Tribe,” and the returning virtuoso Eric Johnson casts his seductive spell on the dusky dreamscape “Passionola”. Steel drum master Robert Greenidge brings his magical overtones to the balmy, swaying “Forgotten Story.” Elemental Journey, his first all instrumental work is his most adventurous to date, and will be released in May 2012.

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Guitarist, songwriter, and singer Sonny Landreth is a musician's musician who is best known for his signature slide playing. Landreth developed a technique where he frets notes and plays chords and chord fragments behind the slide while he plays. He plays with the slide on his little finger, so that his other fingers have more room to fret behind the slide. He's also known for his right-hand technique, which involves tapping, slapping, and picking strings, using all of the fingers on his right hand. His distinctive guitar playing can be heard on recordings by John Hiatt, Leslie West and Mountain, and other rock & rollers.

Born February 1, 1951 in Canton, Mississippi, Sonny and his family lived in Jackson for a few years before settling in Lafayette, Louisiana. His earliest inspiration came from Scotty Moore, the guitarist from Elvis Presley's band, but as time went on, he learned from the recordings of musicians and groups like Chet Atkins and the Ventures. "When I finally discovered Robert Johnson, it all came together for me," Landreth said, noting that he also closely studied the recordings of Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, and Charley Patton.

After his first professional gig with accordionist Clifton Chenier in the '70s Landreth struck out on his own, with two albums for the Blues Unlimited label out of Crowley, Louisiana, Blues Attack in 1981 and Way Down in Louisiana in 1985. The second album got him noticed in Nashville, which led to recording and touring work with John Hiatt. He has recorded eleven albums on his own, and has worked with John Mayall, New Orleans bandleader and pianist Allen Toussaint, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Johnson amongst others. His latest release Elemental Journey has been described as a "masterpiece of fluid music" and features guest stars Joe Satriani, who delivers an astonishing, ferocious solo on the opener “Gaia Tribe,” and the returning virtuoso Eric Johnson casts his seductive spell on the dusky dreamscape “Passionola”. Steel drum master Robert Greenidge brings his magical overtones to the balmy, swaying “Forgotten Story.” Elemental Journey, his first all instrumental work is his most adventurous to date, and will be released in May 2012.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Guitarist, songwriter, and singer Sonny Landreth is a musician's musician who is best known for his signature slide playing. Landreth developed a technique where he frets notes and plays chords and chord fragments behind the slide while he plays. He plays with the slide on his little finger, so that his other fingers have more room to fret behind the slide. He's also known for his right-hand technique, which involves tapping, slapping, and picking strings, using all of the fingers on his right hand. His distinctive guitar playing can be heard on recordings by John Hiatt, Leslie West and Mountain, and other rock & rollers.

Born February 1, 1951 in Canton, Mississippi, Sonny and his family lived in Jackson for a few years before settling in Lafayette, Louisiana. His earliest inspiration came from Scotty Moore, the guitarist from Elvis Presley's band, but as time went on, he learned from the recordings of musicians and groups like Chet Atkins and the Ventures. "When I finally discovered Robert Johnson, it all came together for me," Landreth said, noting that he also closely studied the recordings of Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, and Charley Patton.

After his first professional gig with accordionist Clifton Chenier in the '70s Landreth struck out on his own, with two albums for the Blues Unlimited label out of Crowley, Louisiana, Blues Attack in 1981 and Way Down in Louisiana in 1985. The second album got him noticed in Nashville, which led to recording and touring work with John Hiatt. He has recorded eleven albums on his own, and has worked with John Mayall, New Orleans bandleader and pianist Allen Toussaint, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Johnson amongst others. His latest release Elemental Journey has been described as a "masterpiece of fluid music" and features guest stars Joe Satriani, who delivers an astonishing, ferocious solo on the opener “Gaia Tribe,” and the returning virtuoso Eric Johnson casts his seductive spell on the dusky dreamscape “Passionola”. Steel drum master Robert Greenidge brings his magical overtones to the balmy, swaying “Forgotten Story.” Elemental Journey, his first all instrumental work is his most adventurous to date, and will be released in May 2012.

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