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Classic Album Review: Sonny Landreth | The Road We’re On

The underappreciated slide-guitar master delivers another solid slate of blues-rock.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


On the road of life, few of us are always in the driver’s seat. Blues slide-guitar master Sonny Landreth is no exception.

After a few decades in the biz, he still seems to derive most of his fame — and fortune — as a sideman and session cat for everyone from John Hiatt to Dr. John. Every now and then, though, Sonny gets to slip behind the wheel with a solo album — and it’s always worth tagging along. The Road We’re On, his umpteenth disc, is a typically solid effort, with Landreth prowling the Louisiana bayou, the Texas panhandle and the Mississippi Delta in search of the tastiest 12-bar riffs he can find. Sure, it’s terrain Sonny already knows like the back of his hand. But the swampy Zydedo-rock of Gone Pecan, the gnarly Stevie Ray boogie of All About You and the acoustic juke-joint bite of Juke Box Mama make you appreciate having an old hand like Landreth as your guide. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the road.