Sonny Landreth is a unique southwest Louisiana based guitarist who possesses an unorthodox guitar style that comes from the manner in which he simultaneously plays slide and makes fingering movements. Landreth received notoriety from record executives in Nashville which led to his recording and touring with John Hiatt, and roadwork with John Mayall who recorded Landreth’s radio-friendly “Congo Square.” Landreth also worked with New Orleans bandleader and piano legend Allen Toussaint who makes guest appearances on several tracks on Sonny’s “South of I-10.”
Although his style is completely his own, Landreth cites Robert Johnson as one of his main heroes as well as Charley Patton, Skip James, and Mississippi John Hurt. But Landreth is also open-minded and has high regard for contemporary guitarists (note Landreth’s multiple appearances at Eric Clapton’s Crossroad’s festivals.) Landreth is well regarded by many of the greatest guitar players of the twentieth and twenty-first Centuries.
Sonny Landreth will be appearing with Cindy Cashdollar on September 26th.
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Allen Toussaint tribute by Irma Thomas on October 12th.
Irma Thomas is well-known as the Soul Queen of New Orleans and ranks among the Crescent City’s greatest and most enduring musical ambassadors. One of Thomas’ earliest releases “Girl Needs Boy,” inaugurated a collaboration with songwriter, pianist and producer Allen Toussaint that continued throughout her tenure with the Minit label. Although none of her six Minit singles were significant hits, each were brilliant. So it’s no surprise that Thomas will be paying tribute to her fellow Big Easy colleague Allen Toussaint.
Look for Bob Putignano’s concert coverage of Sonny Landreth’s and Irma Thomas’ City Winery performances in future editions of the Yonkers Tribune.
For 17 years Bob Putignano has been pivotal with his Sounds of Blue radio show. Hear new Homegrown Sounds of Blue internet radio shows: http://soundsofblue.com/radioshowsmp3.htm
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Previously a contributing editor at Blues Revue, Blueswax, and Goldmine magazines, currently the Music Editor for the Yonkers Tribune & www.MakingAScene.org Bob was also the 2003 recipient of the “Keeping the Blues Alive” award (given by the Blues Foundation in Memphis) for his achievements in radio broadcasting. Putignano can be contacted at: BobP@SoundsofBlue.com