Specializing in slide guitar played in a zydeco style, Sonny Landreth is known as “the King of Slydeco.” He hails from southwest Louisiana, although originally born in Canton, Mississippi in 1951. He has perfected an unorthodox method of playing with thumbpick and slide while fretting behind the slide to simultaneously hit other notes. It may be fair to say that no one else plays guitar in this unique manner.
Landreth’s first recordings were made for Huey Meaux in 1973. His professional career truly began when he became a member of Clifton Chenier’s Red Hot Louisiana Band. After Chenier’s death, Landreth played in John Hiatt’s band, and then joined John Mayall and his Bluesbreakers. In addition to more than a dozen albums of his own, his distinctiveness has led to invitations to record with a long list of other big name talent including Eric Clap- ton, Jimmy Buffett, Eli Cook, Zachary Richard, Johnny Winter, Gov’t Mule, and Mark Knop- er. In 2012 he appeared in HBO’s post Katrina, New Orleans-themed series, Tremé.
In 2016 his Bound by the Blues received Blues Music Awards for Best Guitarist and Best Blues Album. His latest recording, Recorded Live In Lafayette, is nominated for the 2018 Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album.