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Sonny Landreth
The Road We're On (Sugar Hill Records)

By: Mark A. Lawrence the IV

Sonny Landreth's Blues drives like a Texas highway; no less than ten miles over the speed limit and a roar of 18 wheels coming fast on your tail. If you don't know much about blues here's a crash course. This is Texas style, with the heavy driving rhythm and the speedier guitar work. Think Stevie Ray Vaughan and ZZ top. Landreth's album The Road We're On is a thumping set of songs that leaves you shaking in your boots. "Natural World," "Gemini Blues" and the title track are numbers that hit the senses so hard your backbone slips right out and begins to rip apart the asphalt like a jackhammer. While "Ol' Lady Luck" is a song oozing with all the things that make men drink too hard when one day something ends up missing and all you have left is a hole ripe for whiskey and the Blues. Landreth can make his guitar hold a conversation or cry like a pack of coyotes in a desert night. This is good music right from the roots of the earth. This is music so good it can almost draw blood.

Warning: If while listen to the a fore mentioned collection of music, you find yourself uncontrollably shaking your head and stomping your feet proceed immediately to your stereo and turn the volume high enough to the annoy the neighbors. Repeat until symptoms subside. If symptoms continue for a period longer than three days consult your favorite music dealer and purchase Stevie Ray Vaughan's box set.
Rating: A

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