Sonny Landreth

Sonny Landreth
Photo: Robley Dupleix

How Not to Sound Awful

And Other Life Lessons from the Family Dog

Sonny Landreth
Photo: Acadiana Center for Film & Media

If you’ve never seen Sonny Landreth’s hands glide over the fret of his slide guitar, you should. It’s like watching someone touch the finest of silk.

If you’ve never heard Sonny Landreth play the blues, or classical music or flat out rock ‘n roll, you should. His sound is extraordinary.

Landreth’s fans include John Hiatt, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Winter, Peter Frampton, and B.B. King — all with whom he’s toured recently.

Not bad for a self-described “stepson” of Louisiana, born in Mississippi and raised on big helpings of Cajun and Zydeco music.

Landreth talks to Music Inside Out about his many triumphs and even a few mistakes along the way. But the mistakes never seem to appear in his music. Take our word for it. You should.


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Special thanks this week to KRVS/Radio Acadie in Lafayette, Louisiana for production help.