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Levee Town
     

Levee Town

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by Sonny Landreth
 

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This is slide guitar wizard Sonny Landreth's most ambitious work, and true to form it comes with no glossy fanfare (even the packaging is sepia tinted), just straight-ahead, well-crafted songs played with his usual intelligent, heartfelt playing. Like the photos that are easily passed over due to the quiet subtly of the sepia tones, the intricacy of his guitar work

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This is slide guitar wizard Sonny Landreth's most ambitious work, and true to form it comes with no glossy fanfare (even the packaging is sepia tinted), just straight-ahead, well-crafted songs played with his usual intelligent, heartfelt playing. Like the photos that are easily passed over due to the quiet subtly of the sepia tones, the intricacy of his guitar work can easily be overshadowed by the flash that is inherent in the slide guitar. He takes the time here to do a number of acoustic songs and shows that there is more to him than a loud flash. Give a listen to "Love and Glory," in which he is helped out by Jennifer Warnes and Herb Pedersen doing background vocals, Errol Verret on accordion, and some stunning fiddle work by Michael Doucet. He wrote all the songs except "Angeline," which he co-wrote with Will Jennings, and his sophistication as a storyteller is becoming more fully developed. This is a disc that shows his true maturity as a songwriter. He has a tight band working with him, and he employs his friends, who help him out to his best advantage. There is plenty of straight-ahead high voltage Zydeco here, and there is also the quieter more introspective song. A well realized and balanced piece of work that truly reflects Landreth's Zydeco/Louisiana roots.

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Tony Scherman
A bona fide guitar hero, he¹s an increasingly good songwriter, too ­ songs like "Deep South" and the title track probe Dixie and its myths with curiosity and quiet wit.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2000
Label:
Sugarhill
UPC:
0015891392523
catalogNumber:
3925

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sonny Landreth   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Michael Doucet   Fiddle
John Hiatt   Background Vocals
Bonnie Raitt   Background Vocals
Jennifer Warnes   Background Vocals
Mike Post   Keyboards
Stephen Bruton   Guitar (Leslie)
Steve Conn   Keyboards
Tony Daigle   Percussion
R.S. Field   Percussion,Chant
Steve Howard   Trumpet
Marce Lacouture   Background Vocals
Michael Organ   Drums
Herb Pedersen   Background Vocals
David Ranson   Bass
Jon Smith   Tenor Saxophone
Errol Verret   Accordion
Joseph "Zydeco Joe" Mouton   Accordion,Rubboard
Danny Kimball   Rubboard

Technical Credits

Mike Post   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Sonny Landreth   Songwriter,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Cary Butler   Engineer
Tony Daigle   Engineer
R.S. Field   Producer
Steve Howard   Horn Arrangements
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Ed Rogers   Engineer
Jon Smith   Horn Arrangements
Cliff Audretch   Management
Dennis Lord   Management
Ciaran Cahill   Engineer
Paul Wight   Engineer
Dwight Wiles   Management

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Levee Town 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Smooth as a hot knife through butter. This expression came to my mind to describe Sonny Landreth's guitar. His simultaneous mix of slide and picking is novel and well-perfected, bringing a delightful sound to his mix. The genres and influences are many--growing up and still living in Louisiana with the expected influences, he was compared technically to Duane Allman in his early years. He has evolved into a ''musicians' musician'', with years of solid session work and important contributions to many bands. He has shined under demanding taskmasters, with notable work for the likes of Clifton Chenier, John Hiatt, and back to the Cajun mix with Beausoleil. In his 2000 release Levee Town, country/southern rock, blues, zydeco, and gospel influences are all heard, to wonderful effect. Landreth has written all the tunes on this release. With more-than adequate singing and songwriting, and the shining guitar work, this release is on the ''A'' list. Smooth lines in the up-tempo title track (with John Hiatt as a barely-distinguishable backup vocal), a straight-ahead zydeco shuffle U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile, upbeat lilting blues-rock tempo in Soul Salvation, mean blues of Broken Hearted Road, the moody feeling of This River, Godchild, and Deep South... the varied pacing makes for a release that holds interest. There are two straight ahead rocking instrumentals, Spider-Gris brings a catchy melody line with a southern feel; Z-Rider is reminiscent of Joe Satriani or Eric Johnson. Bonnie Raitt and Jennifer Warnes contribute to other tracks, and Mike Post's solid production pulls this CD together very well indeed. Sonny Landreth is a musician who merits far more recognition. In these days of lowest-common-denominator packaging and the formula programming that passes for musical entertainment, he is a fresh breath who should be recognized and savored.