Sonny plays at Festival International de Louisiane in 2008
Credit Acadiana Center for Film and Media / Flickr
Sonny Landreth and his slide guitar have flown a million miles to entertain audiences around the world — and he's got the card from his airline to prove it. So if you haven't yet seen Landreth in concert, whose fault is that?
This week, Music Inside Out travels to Lafayette, Louisiana to hear the great Landreth play.
Bonnie Raitt, John Hiatt, Mark Knopfler, Jimmy Buffett, Johnny Winter and Eric Clapton are among his fans. And after hearing our interview, you'll be a fan too.
During the interview, Sonny tells Gwen that when he first picked up a guitar, with faithful Rex at his side, his goal was "not to sound awful." Now that he's a monster on his instrument, he's helping a new generation of beginning guitarists with master class sessions on his website. (Bring your own dog.)
This year, the name that our musical guests have most consistently mentioned is Professor Longhair. It began, well, at the beginning. Longhair, whose friends call him Fess, figured into the very first answer from the very first guest on the very first Music Inside Out.
Since then, others have conjured his name when describing the best of New Orleans music. As it turns out, Longhair — who died in 1980 — remains a guiding spirit to musicians and music lovers everywhere. So as a matter of duty and privilege, we're spreading the joy.
Allen Toussaint — the New Orleans producer, arranger and songwriter — has given entertainers around the world something to sing about for a half-century.
The list of collaborations is impressive: R&B, funk, jazz, rock and country. And all those hours in the studio, with so many types of artists, has given Toussaint some insight into the creative process.
Don't miss the Music Inside Out grand slam this week. We've played some of the best stories, songs and lessons from the season, featuring all the musicians we could squeeze into two hours. Review with us, if you will, our musical guests and hip shakin' moments.