New frontiers fit nicely atop the boundary-breaking career of singer-songwriter and slide guitar icon Sonny Landreth. From performing live with Buddy Guy and John Hiatt in theaters and arenas around the United States, to post-New Orleans Jazz Fest jamming on bayou rhythms with Oteil Burbridge and Johnny Vidacovich, to recording and playing live with ukulele phenom JakeShimabukuro at The Blue Note in Hawaii, it’s been a noteworthy couple of years for the two-time Grammy nominee. And those are just his side projects.
“One of the things I love about collaborations with other artists is the element of surprise,”
Landreth says of his continually expanding musical horizons. “When the chemistry is there, it’s always inspiring to find new twists and turns that up the game creatively.” Landreth tours regularly in a duo with fellow slide guitar ace Cindy Cashdollar as well as with his own electric and acoustic trio. From every edition of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival to Wintergrass to Camp Cripple Creek for Jim Weider’s The Weight Band and beyond, Landreth and his musical partners are always reaching for the unexpected and unexplored. He’s twice graced the cover of Guitar Player magazine, and he’s featured on the lead track of Shemekia Copeland’s Grammy-nominated album Done Come Too Far.