Known for his innovative approach to slide playing and his journeyman work for artists including Jimmy Buffet and John Hiatt, Sonny Landreth has a reputation as a top-shelf stringman with an ear for sonic perfection.
On his all-instrumental releaseÂ Elemental Journey, Landreth is joined by Â guitarist Joe Satriani on the roiling opening track,Â â€œGaia Tribe,â€ and six-string ace Eric Johnson, on the sizzling cutÂ â€œPassionola.â€ In addition to these well-acclaimed ringers, he alsoÂ enlists the help of arranger Sam Broussard and the classical strings of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra to layer the fusion-tinged sound with even more pleasing textures.
The guitar-driven explorations on Journey are abstract and thought-provoking, creating intriguing sonic palettes that take the musicians and listeners to unpredictable places while staying tonally rooted in rock, blues and jazz guitar. Trinidadian steel drum master Robert Greenidge makes a welcome contribution on the track â€œForgotten Story,â€ while Landreth’s regular drummers – Mike Burch, Brian Brignac and Doug Belote – also contribute to the beautifully crafted disc.
Some of the compositions here were influenced by events including Hurricane Katrina, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and Sonny’s day-to-day life in Louisiana. It’s music that transports, questions and breathes.
Elemental Journey is out now on Landfall Records.