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Barnes & Noble - Lissa Kiernan
Sonny Landreth's Grant Street is a compilation of 11 songs chosen from two nights of live shows recorded at the legendary Lafayette honky-tonk watering hole of the same name. The disc exudes raw energy and gritty, formidable talent, first and foremost that of guitarist Landreth. He has, quite simply, few artistic equals, either in the Louisiana blues idiom he favors or any other. In the album opener, the electrified Highland fling "Native Stepson," one is immediately awed by the complex texture produced by just Landreth, David Ranson on bass, and Kenneth Blevins on drums. By means of various wizardries, Landreth is able to make his lone guitar sound like several. He ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lissa Kiernan
Sonny Landreth's Grant Street is a compilation of 11 songs chosen from two nights of live shows recorded at the legendary Lafayette honky-tonk watering hole of the same name. The disc exudes raw energy and gritty, formidable talent, first and foremost that of guitarist Landreth. He has, quite simply, few artistic equals, either in the Louisiana blues idiom he favors or any other. In the album opener, the electrified Highland fling "Native Stepson," one is immediately awed by the complex texture produced by just Landreth, David Ranson on bass, and Kenneth Blevins on drums. By means of various wizardries, Landreth is able to make his lone guitar sound like several. He slides, picks, thumps, and strokes his way around the instrument, exploring every nook and cranny, every possibility for nuance and innovation. "Broken Hearted Road" shows off Landreth’s increasingly evocative vocal style. Echoing his fingerwork, he may slide into one word, then over-enunciate another, occasionally punctuating phrases with a well-placed moan or growl. (However, one minor quibble is that the vocals are placed just a bit too far back in this otherwise well balanced recording.) The instrumental "Port of Calling,” one of three new songs, strains with wordless passion, and another, "The Wind in Denver," will blow your hair back with the tension created between Ranson’s rock-steady vamp and Landreth’s expert wails, trailing just behind the beat. Landreth closes with his signature "Congo Square," a song evoking the landmark park in New Orleans where local slaves gathered on their days off to play music together and believed by many to be the birthplace of jazz. A voodoo-esque melody and crisp second-line beat tie this extended ten-minute jam together. The crowd’s enthusiasm never gets in the way, only adding to the music’s exuberance. By all means, see Landreth play live, but Grant Street, his first live disc, is undoubtedly the next-best thing to being there.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891399423
  • Catalog Number: 3994

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Native Stepson (5:05)
  2. 2 Broken Hearted Road (7:42)
  3. 3 Gone Pecan (3:58)
  4. 4 Port of Calling (5:32)
  5. 5 Blues Attack (5:14)
  6. 6 Z. Rider (4:15)
  7. 7 U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile (5:09)
  8. 8 Wind in Denver (5:12)
  9. 9 All About You (4:21)
  10. 10 Pedal to Metal (7:00)
  11. 11 Congo Square (10:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sonny Landreth Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
David Ranson Bass, Bass Guitar
Kenneth Blevins Drums
Technical Credits
Doug Brown Executive Producer
Sonny Landreth Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Tony Daigle Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Jim DeMain Mastering
R.S. Field Producer, Audio Production
David Ranson Composer
Mel Melton Composer
Bob Cooney Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Live Performance!

    This CD has the spirit of a club show and the performance is outstanding. One of the best live records I have. The best musical talent is rarely captured with quality live. This gets as close as possible to the live Landreth show. If you are just a general blues fan this will knock you out. If you are a Landreth fan, this CD will have all of your other CD's collecting dust.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They Left It Raw, But This Thing Cooks!

    Sonny Landreth puts on a powerful live show, but his studio albums only hint at the big, complex sound his three-piece band delivers in person. Good thing he finally decided to put out a live CD. "Grant Street" is the real thing. The production team decided to leave the sound as natural as possible and the result is the next best thing to being there. This CD will put you right in front of the stage at Grant Street Dance Hall on a Saturday night, and fill your ears with some fantastic music. The tracks include several tunes Landreth plays on the road but has never recorded -- the hard-driving blues of "Wind in Denver", sultry "Port of Calling," and soaring rock and roll of "Pedal to the Metal." There are also brilliant updates of old standards like "Broken Hearted Road" and "Blues Attack." The finale, "Congo Square," is jaw-dropping amazing. Check this one out and then go see these guys live. Like the prior reviewer, I was there for the recording, and the CD sounds even better than I thought it would.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Live Sonny - YES!!!!!!!!!!!

    Slide guitar virtuoso Sonny Landreth will be releasing a new live CD January 25, 2005 entitled “Grant Street.” True to its name, Sonny has gone back to his roots in Lafayette, Louisiana to record this CD at the place where he was on the bill of the Grant Street Dancehall’s first show 24 years ago. Over an hour of live cuts; some old (from “Levee Town”, South of I-10” and “The Road We’re On”) and 3 brand new songs showcase his hard driving blues, incredible slide work, and just plain rockin’. Long time associates, Kenneth Blevins on drums and Dave Ranson on bass definitely showcase their talents also, as this disc captures the excitement and electricity that abounds at a live Sonny show. The instrumental “Native Stepson” opens the set, followed by the pounding, driving, “Broken hearted Road”. Crowd favorites “Gone Pecan”, “Port of Calling”, and “Blues Attack” get the feet dancing, and you can’t help but wave your arms in the air when “the dog wags his tail” in “Blues Attack.” Another instrumental, “Z-Rider” warms the crowd up for some down home feelings with the “U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile.” A brand new tune ‘Wind in Denver” shows that Sonny is still writing some damn good songs. Maybe this will help him get the respect as a songwriter he gets as a player. Another hard, bass driven blues number “All About You,” sets the stage for his second new song, “Pedal to the Metal.” This one has been performed during his 2004 tour and has proved to be a crowd favorite, with Sonny just wailing like the title suggests. The 10 minute encore version of “Congo Square” showcases Sonny’s talents as only a live version can. The CD was recorded this spring over the course of two nights. Sonny insisted on no overdubs, so it’s raw, real energy. The recording itself is of excellent sound quality and well balanced. A highly reccomended disc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    POWER TRIO

    Amazing, exhilarating, powerful music! "Grant Street" (I was there too) is heart-stopping deep blues; a rock 'n roll earth-moving machine; vigorous, growling and purring guitars; unearthly and beautiful slide work. Though most famous for his astonishing guitar playing, Sonny Landreth is a master songwriter too. His sound is saturated with electricity--it stings, hums, shocks--all in a wonderfully lyrical context. Even if you have other (fantastic) recordings by the man, I'm tellin' ya that they don't sound NOTHIN' like this! Do yourself a favor and buy this music--add more aural intensity and joy to your day (or night).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I was there...

    Sugarhill has got a tiger by the tale with this one. It's too bad they put them in the "Country" category - I would consider them more "Roots/Americana", but oh well. I was lucky enough to be at Grant Street both nights for the recording of this album. Grant Street on it's own is a very unique venue in Lafayette, Lousiana - a big, old wooden-floored warehouse, bar down one side, stage on the other - one of the truly great local hangouts left anywhere. It quite literally vibrates on a regular basis with some of the best music in Louisiana, or anywhere else for that matter. Sonny and Dave Ranson (bass) and Kenneth Blevins (drums) - that's all there is, but they almost tore the house down! I've also been lucky enough to hear some of the cuts from the advance of this album and it's all there - the crowd whistling and whooping, pounding on the floor, the beer bottles clinking...and an extended version of "Congo Square" that will send chills down your spine. This man is one of the great, unsung guitarists alive today, slide or otherwise. Once you've seen him you will never look at the instrument the same way again. If you aren't able to, this is as close as it gets. Congratulations Sugarhill for not messing with this too much and taking the guts out of the music! I will be making sure that all of my friends buy a copy when it comes out.

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