Skip to Content - Skip to Navigation

IUP Home | A–Z Index | Apply Now | Support IUP | News and Events | Find People |

Sonny Landreth

Sonny Landreth

May 31, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
Indiana Theater, 637 Philadelphia Street

This event is over.

Looking for a different event?

A Special Summer Community Event

Southwest Louisiana-based guitarist, songwriter, and singer Sonny Landreth is a musician’s musician. Landreth’s music has always been evocative, a vibrant mixture of indigenous sounds and images informed by Delta blues and William Faulkner alike.

The blues slide guitar playing found on his two Zoo Entertainment releases, Outward Bound (1992) and South of I-10 (1995) is distinctive and unlike anything else you’ve ever heard. His unorthodox guitar style comes from the manner in which he simultaneously plays slide and makes fingering movements on the fretboard. Landreth, who has an easygoing personality, can play it all, like any good session musician. His distinctive guitar playing can be heard on recordings by John Hiatt, Leslie West and Mountain, and other rock and rollers.

Landreth was born February 1, 1951, in Canton, Mississippi, and his family lived in Jackson, Mississippi, for a few years before settling in Lafayette, Louisiana. He began playing guitar after a long tenure with the trumpet. His earliest inspiration came from Scotty Moore, the guitarist from Elvis Presley’s band; but, as time went on, he learned from the recordings of musicians and groups like Chet Atkins and the Ventures.

After his first professional gig with accordionist Clifton Chenier in the ’70s, Landreth struck out on his own, but not before he recorded two albums for the Blues Unlimited label out of Crowley, Louisiana, Blues Attack in 1981 and Way Down in Louisiana in 1985. If anyone is living proof of the need to press on in spite of obstacles, it is Landreth.

The second of those two albums got him noticed by some record executives in Nashville, which in turn led to his recording and touring work with John Hiatt. That led to still more work with John Mayall, who recorded Landreth’s radio-ready “Congo Square.” More recently, Landreth’s 11th album, bearing the fittingly evocative title Elemental Journey, is something very different from the Louisiana slide wizard. This latest recording is Landreth’s first all-instrumental effort and his most adventurous work to date.

Prepare to be engaged . . . and transported.

Funded, in part, by David and Patty Bidwell.

Tickets: All tickets $18. General Admission.