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Sonny Landreth: Bound By The Blues

Album Review

Mississippi slide ace returns to blues-trio format and gives it his latest transfusion.

Sonny Landreth announces his return to the blues in no uncertain fashion. Walkin’ Blues, track one of his assertive new release, starts out with his rock-solid, distinctive slide, and a knowing opening lyric of ‘woke up this morning...’

The entertaining irony, undoubtedly not lost on the native of Mississippi, is that while there are blues veins running through his entire resumé, with collaborations stretching from Mayall to Clapton and beyond, he has in truth never been bound by the blues.

In almost 35 years since his Blues Attack debut, he has wandered far and wide as a musical traveller, blurring the state lines between blues, classic and southern rock and dropping country and zydeco flavours into the pot at regular intervals. Hell, he even went orchestral last time out, with 2012’s Elemental Journey.

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