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From the Reach

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Blue Tarp Blues
Artist: Sonny Landreth feat. Mark Knopfler
When I Still Had You
Artist: Sonny Landreth feat. Eric Clapton
Way Past Long
Artist: Sonny Landreth feat. Robben Ford
The Milky Way Home
Artist: Sonny Landreth feat. Eric Johnson
Storm of Worry
Artist: Sonny Landreth feat. Eric Clapton
Howlin' Moon
Artist: Sonny Landreth feat. Dr. John & Jimmy Buffet
The Goin' On
Artist: Sonny Landreth feat. Vince Gill
Let It Fly
Artist: Sonny Landreth feat. Nadirah Shakoor
Blue Angel
Artist: Sonny Landreth feat. Robben Ford & Vince Gill
Artist: Sonny Landreth feat. Vince Gill
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 46:32

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This one started it


This was the first collection I owned by Mr. Landreth, and not knowing him got it for the folks he collaborated with. I've been so impressed with this one, that I have also picked up all of his other offerings here and completely enjoy every one of them.

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Great Discovery!


I was actually looking for new Robbin Ford and was fortunate enough to open up this Sonny Landreth collection. If you ever feel like you're listening to the same song over and over again, put this cat in your player. There is a contagious melodic flow to his playing and his high register singing is almost angelic. The production quality is excellent, giving the incredible musicianship of Sonny and his amazing friends a skilled authenticity. I don't care for "pop" country, but I do like country from the soul. (i.e. Dwight Yoakam's "Two Doors Down".) Blues, country, rock and zydeco walk hand in hand on this release, and blend together like all of the ingredients in Mama's favorite recipe. His music rings with soulful authenticity. Back that up with the sweetest slide playing this side of heaven (R.I.P. Duane) and you've got a collection of tunes to treasure. Get this one... you won't be sorry. I've almost worn my CD out.

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Truly One of A Kind!


Emusic rocks! I had never before been exposed to the amazing Sonny Landreth until a search through Emusic led me to him. His talent is masterful, his style incredibly unique and the songs are so catchy and original that you marvel that he is not more "popular". Then again, popularity has never had much to do with talent. Blue Tarp Blues is my favorite listen, but all are top shelf! Sonny Landreth is not to be missed!

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Heard via Clapton Benefit '07 DVD


I had not heard of Sonny and was blown away by the single song on the Clapton Benefit that PBS aired. The song, Ubersso, is incredible - he is just amazing. However, it is not that much like the rest of the album. The rest of this album is very country-inspired. That's fine but it just wasn't what I was interested in. Sonny's playing: 5 stars My love of pop country music: -3 stars ======================== Total: 2 stars

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Great collection


Download this and you won't be disappointed. With all the great talent here, Sonny shines.

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Tonin' ....


Boy, there's nothing quite like the tone and style that Sonny pulls out of his slide guitar. Such a bonus to not only hear him contribute to some excellent material but to have such a constellation of additional excellent musicians with him. Listening to him and Vince Gill play off each other both vocally and with their guitars on "The Goin' On" is terrific.

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Get Your Tappin' foot ready


The all-star lineup of collaborators would threaten to overwhelm a lesser artist, but this guy is a star in his own right, no question. His guitar work is so ingenius, you feel like it's been around forever, yet it sparkles with originality. His voice sometimes sounds like an impersonation of Tom Petty ( who is doing Bob Dylin impersonation, right?) but has a great, easy southern quality of its own. If you are at all attracted to blues, don't miss out on this album. It's not just good; it's GREAT.

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A Musician's Musician!


Sonny Landreth 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 fret board. He is an accomplished musician and lyrical genious in my opinion. They say you can tell a person by the company they keep... We have some greats here: Knopfler, Buffet & Clapton to name a few. This is a great album and thus far in my top ten downloads of the year. If you cherish guitar originality and lyrics with a meaning this is a great download.

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I got into Sonny's guitar playing via his work with John Hiatt and have loved all his solo albums, especially South of I-10 and Outward Bound. This new one definitely stands up against all the previous ones and with such an impressive list of guests and collaborators. For me it's also got to be considered for the nominations shortlisted for my album of the year.

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if this is not album of the year then I don`t know


Seriosuly man if this is not your first choice for the year then radioheadcoldplay deserve their success. Leaving aside the superb quality of the songs and the ridiculously talented slide playing by Mr Landreth you have a la creme de la creme blues guitarist guestlist, with MKnopfler putting his best performance since on every street, RFord ripping his telecaster like there is no tomorrow, Mr Cliffs of Dover delivering his classic fluid playing and hear ye hear ye even the world`s most overrated guitarist, Eric, sounding like a bluesslinger. Had Landreth also gathered RCray and JHealey (RIP) this would have been a blues guitar bible.

eMusic Features


Sonny Landreth’s Ambient Blues

By John Morthland, Contributor

Elemental Journey is the 11th solo album from Sonny Landreth, and by far the Louisiana slide guitarist's most atypical. For starters, it's all instrumental, but even more startlingly, it's as far from blues as he's ever gone. But Sonny's often-wispy voice is hardly missed here, and the music may rarely be blues, but it also rarely lacks feeling, sometimes (as on "Letting Go" or "Wonderide") even blues feeling. And Landreth's grounding in blues, country, Cajun… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Louisiana slide master Sonny Landreth takes his time between releases — his last studio disc of original material was five years prior to this — but when they arrive, the wait seems justified. For the debut album on his own Landfall records, Landreth calls in marquee name guitarists Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, and Vince Gill to bolster the visibility factor. Rather than focusing on guitar duals, Landreth wrote songs that incorporate their styles, and occasional vocals, organically into the material. There are plenty of stunning solos of course, but they are integrated into the tunes that stand up just fine without the six-string fireworks. The album’s title is a double entendre as “reach” is a body of water and also describes Landreth inviting his guests to be part of the project. The water theme appears in a few post-Katrina songs like the scathing “Blue Tarp Blues (“Air Force One had a heck of a view, lookin’ down on the patchwork of the blue tarp blues”) and others such as the bluesy “Storm of Worry,” featuring Clapton’s trademarked licks. Dr. John pays a house call on “Howlin’ Moon,” bringing his New Orleans piano and backing vocals to a second line burner that shifts into harder-edged rock but maintains its inherent Crescent City vibe. Jimmy Buffett, who sings backing vocals on the track, is virtually inaudible. The lovely ballad “Let it Fly” slows down the mood and sounds somewhat like something that Landreth’s old boss John Hiatt might write. Ford sings and plays on “Way Past Long,” a terrific meeting of the minds where both contribute guitar and vocals to a funky stomper that is a true collaboration and one of this album’s many highlights. Guitar freaks will salivate over the raging instrumentals “Uberesso” and “The Milky Way Home” the latter where Landreth trades riffs with Eric Johnson, whose own style complements that of the headliner. At just over 45 minutes, it’s over too quickly, but there isn’t a wasted note here. The songs are some of Landreth’s most heartfelt, his singing is emotional and understated, the production (Landreth with Tony Daigle, who also engineered) perfectly captures these performances in their swampy glory and the playing, by everyone, is inspired. The guest guitarists do their jobs well, but this would be a strong project even without them, and is surely one of Landreth’s finest sets to date. – Hal Horowitz

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