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Levee Town [Bonus Tracks]
     

Levee Town [Bonus Tracks]

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. [Landfall issued a bonus track-laden, two-CD edition in 2009.]

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:
04/21/2009
Label:
Landfall
UPC:
0881626918524
catalogNumber:
2
Rank:
67121

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

Technical Credits

Mike Post   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Sonny Landreth   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Joey Brasler   Equipment Technician
Cary Butler   Engineer
Tony Daigle   Producer,Engineer
R.S. Field   Producer
Will Jennings   Composer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Larry DiMarzio   Equipment Technician
Steve Blucher   Equipment Technician
Jim Dunlop   Equipment Technician
Mark Frederick   Equipment Technician
Ciaran Cahill   Engineer
Paul Wight   Engineer
Jo Smith   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Dwight Wiles   Management
Billy Gosser   Guitar Techician,Drum Technician
Mark Sampson   Equipment Technician

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