Episode 21 with Sonny Landreth Podcast

My guest today is Mr. Sonny Landreth. Sonny is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who is probably the most innovative slide guitar player ever. Just ask Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Robben Ford and his many legions of guitar fans. I first got hip to Sonny when I got a copy of his record called Outward Bound, which is still one of my favorite records of his. He’s had a very long and successful career as a solo artist with many solo records to his name including the recent- “Recorded Live in Lafayette” which we talk about in this podcast. 

I’ve known Sonny for a while but in this interview I learn many things about his early years and it was a lot of fun to ask him all this stuff. We talk about his meeting Hendrix, early influences, how he got his Dumble amp, Clifton Chenier, getting the gig with John Hiatt, so much more….oh and he shares a lot of slide secrets in this one. Also there is a lot of playing and equipment chat for you gear nerds. 

I drove out to Lafayette, La about 2 hours west of New Orleans on a weekday and got stuck in traffic so I was a little late getting to the studio. I finally walk in to engineer Tony Daigle’s studio where Sonny records most of his records (and where I recorded the overdubs for my tune Mr. Ed with Sonny from my record Dirty Power. I plug into one of Tony’s Fender deluxes and Sonny is plugged into an old Fender Bassman and we let it rip.  

How does someone from Breaux Bridge, LA by way of Mississipi become the most original slide guitar player on the planet? Stay tuned and find out.

10 comments

  • Dave

    Dave Pittsburgh,PA

    Of all of the podcasrs out there, Only Shane and Jude Gold are doing any podcast around the topic of guitar worth listening to. In depth, intelligent, and insightful access to amazing artists. It is this that will revive guitar music for the masses. If i had a request far an interview, I’d request the amazing Tab Benoit. Great job and keep going! Safe travels! Dave

    Of all of the podcasrs out there, Only Shane and Jude Gold are doing any podcast around the topic of guitar worth listening to. In depth, intelligent, and insightful access to amazing artists. It is this that will revive guitar music for the masses.

    If i had a request far an interview, I’d request the amazing Tab Benoit.

    Great job and keep going!
    Safe travels!

    Dave

  • Victor Caamaño

    Victor Caamaño

    I just started listening to this one, but I listened to the Adam Levy and John Oates shows. I look forward to listening. Thanks!

    I just started listening to this one, but I listened to the Adam Levy and John Oates shows. I look forward to listening. Thanks!

  • Frank

    Frank Lafayette

    I am a trooper....Enjoyed so much...

    I am a trooper....Enjoyed so much...

  • Ron Leon

    Ron Leon Austin Texas

    Nice interview, good information , always Dig hearing anything about South of I~10. But more importantly, did you & Sonny go to The Best Stop & get some Boudin ? hi Ron, thanks...just as soon as we were done I did...I like the smoked boudin myself. Thanks for listening....

    Nice interview, good information , always Dig hearing anything about South of I~10. But more importantly, did you & Sonny go to The Best Stop & get some Boudin ?

    hi Ron, thanks...just as soon as we were done I did...I like the smoked boudin myself. Thanks for listening....

  • Thomas Murphy

    Thomas Murphy New York

    Really enjoyed your interview with Sonny. Keep up the excellent work Shane. Btw I really dig your music I have all your stuff and I’m digging your new cd.

    Really enjoyed your interview with Sonny. Keep up the excellent work Shane. Btw I really dig your music I have all your stuff and I’m digging your new cd.

  • Rick M

    Rick M Minnesota

    That was one of the best interviews with Sonny I have heard, and I've heard most. Sonny and I were roommates in Estes Park, Colorado about 40 years ago. I had a bar and Sonny's band play there a lot. We are still friends, when ever he is playing close to me we hook up. He is the best!!

    That was one of the best interviews with Sonny I have heard, and I've heard most. Sonny and I were roommates in Estes Park, Colorado about 40 years ago. I had a bar and Sonny's band play there a lot. We are still friends, when ever he is playing close to me we hook up. He is the best!!

  • Jackie J

    Jackie J Belleville, IL

    Guess this makes me a trooper (trooperette?) too. Loved the stories and songs. Thanks, Shane!

    Guess this makes me a trooper (trooperette?) too. Loved the stories and songs. Thanks, Shane!

  • Marc G

    Marc G Crouy en Thelle , France

    I came by your podcast after earing you on the guitarwank one. I had been listening your music especially your last album before that and followed your lessons on truefire. I must say that I love your work , the love you give to the music obviously but the one you are giving around you is so obvious to me. I love your presence , the way you are sharing these moments with these fantastic musicians that permit us to access the earth of music creation and mostly I ear deep work , simplicity and true heartfelt passion. I deeply thank you for this beautiful work of yours and wish you the best sir! Best regards from your other country 😉

    I came by your podcast after earing you on the guitarwank one. I had been listening your music especially your last album before that and followed your lessons on truefire. I must say that I love your work , the love you give to the music obviously but the one you are giving around you is so obvious to me. I love your presence , the way you are sharing these moments with these fantastic musicians that permit us to access the earth of music creation and mostly I ear deep work , simplicity and true heartfelt passion. I deeply thank you for this beautiful work of yours and wish you the best sir! Best regards from your other country 😉

  • Bob C

    Bob C Oak Ridge

    That was thoroughly enjoyable! All of the podcasts are terrific, but this episode w/Sonny was awesome. The Tommy Malone ep. was special too, you guys sounded like you were having a blast! Pls keep 'em coming....

    That was thoroughly enjoyable!
    All of the podcasts are terrific, but this episode w/Sonny was awesome.
    The Tommy Malone ep. was special too, you guys sounded like you were having a blast!

    Pls keep 'em coming....

  • Bob Mc

    Bob Mc Boonton NJ

    As with all the Riff Raff shows, I loved it . BUTT (and it's a big one), NOOOO, I do not get what happens with the palm at 38:13. Can anyone articulate it for me? Is he hitting harmonics with his RH palm ?

    As with all the Riff Raff shows, I loved it . BUTT (and it's a big one), NOOOO, I do not get what happens with the palm at 38:13. Can anyone articulate it for me? Is he hitting harmonics with his RH palm ?

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