What happened to Sonny Landreth’s twice cancelled London shows? We don’t know. Does anyone know? Do you know? Hey ho.
Regardless of the mystery, the Louisiana slide guitar icon Sonny Landreth will be releasing his new studio album ‘Blacktop Run’ next week – 21st February – via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. ‘Blacktop Run’ follows his previous Grammy nominated album ‘Recorded Live In Lafayette’ (2017) and his back-to-back Blues Music Awards for Best Guitarist and Best Blues Album for ‘Bound by the Blues’ (2015).
Ahead of this he has revealed the brand new official lyric video for ‘‘Don’t Ask Me’, delves into existential mysteries with humor via an acoustic, back porch Delta feel.
His groundbreaking work has long mixed familiarity with experimentation, and his latest ten-song collection stretches from hard-edged electric instrumentals to wistful acoustic ballads. The project’s range is the fruit of a renewed collaboration. Producer RS Field – who helmed Landreth’s trio of breakout albums – joined the six-stringer and co-producer Tony Daigle to finish the record.
“His brilliance and creative energy recharged us,” Landreth said of reuniting with Field. Most of the tracks were recorded live at famed Dockside Studios on the Vermilion River south of Lafayette, LA. “We came up with new and better ideas, and that’s what you want,” he added. “It couldn’t have gone better.”
A quartet of instrumentals highlights the expressive power of bassist David Ranson, drummer Brian Brignac and multi-talented keyboardist/songwriter Steve Conn.
After two Grammy nominations, multiple appearances at Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival and wide-ranging acclaim from fellow players and fans worldwide, Landreth is looking forward to playing the new material live. “It’s all about telling the story,” Landreth says, “and as long as I can find my way up that path, I’m all in.” As the songwriter’s narrator sings in the title number of Blacktop Run, “A new day is dawning and I have never felt so alive.”
1. Blacktop Run
2. Lover Dance With me
4. Groovy Goddess
5. Somebody Gotta Make A Move
6. Beyond Borders
7. Don’t Ask Me
8. The Wilds Of Wonder
9. Many Worlds
10. Something Grand