Southern Louisiana native Sonny Landreth has reflected his heritage throughout his career with major doses of Cajun, zydeco, and New Orleans music. But as a formidable slide guitarist, inspired songwriter, and versatile musician who has toured with the likes of John Hiatt as well as Clifton Chenier, Landreth's perspective encompasses wider horizons. On his latest, From the Reach (Landfall), he stretches farther still, writing songs specifically for five guitarists with whom he wanted to collaborate, and subsequently generating sparks with guitar virtuosos Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, and Vince Gill. One tune on the album, "Howlin' Moon," features the hoodoo piano tinkling of Dr. John and vocals from Jimmy Buffett. None of those guys are sprightly enough to brave the tigers' lair at the zoo, but Landreth and his swampadelic regular band, featuring longtime bassist Dave Ranson, can more than hold their own. The Iguanas have been active on the New Orleans scene for two decades, riding their unique blend of Crescent City R&B, Latin, and Caribbean elements. Their first album in five years, If You Should Ever Fall on Hard Times, aptly dubbed for the Dubya error, is due out next month.
Thu., Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m., 2008
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