Sonny Landreth

'Blacktop Run' Album Review

The Louisiana slide guitar icon Sonny Landreth will be releasing his new studio album ‘Blacktop Run’ on 21st February via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. ‘Blacktop Run’ follows his previous Grammy nominated album ‘Recorded Live In Lafayette’ (2017) and his back-to-back Blues Music Awards for Best Guitarist and Best Blues Album for ‘Bound by the Blues’ (2015).
His ground breaking work has long mixed familiarity with experimentation, and his latest ten-song collection stretches from hard-edged electric instrumentals to wistful acoustic ballads. The project’s range is the fruit of a renewed collaboration. Producer RS Field – who helmed Landreth’s trio of breakout albums – joined the six-stringer and co-producer Tony Daigle to finish the record.
“His brilliance and creative energy recharged us,” Landreth said of reuniting with Field. Most of the tracks were recorded live at famed Dockside Studios on the Vermilion River south of Lafayette, LA. “We came up with new and better ideas, and that’s what you want,” he added. “It couldn’t have gone better.”


This latest release from the wonderful Sonny Landreth brings us the whole ensemble of musical styles and influences all mixed up and reworked for our listening pleasure.

With every listen your ears envelop another musical experience as you discover different elements that all go together to create this work of art.

TFM gives 'Blacktop Run' a big 4.5/5, an excellent and intriguing work by a very talented artist.


Available from February 21st via Provogue/Mascot Label Group at the following link

'Beyond Borders' gives us an instrumental introduction to this latest release from Sonny Landreth. There is reggae, blues and southern rock all rolled together for this opener.

Next up is the title track 'Blacktop Run', which has a great back porch feel and sound, with a wonderful upbeat vibe that continues throughout the song. 'Don't Ask Me' is just a fabulous play on a railroad blues track complete with accordion giving it a sideshow feel.

'Groovy Goddess' is a dirty rhythm and blues masterclass, before 'Lover Dance With Me' gives us a funky beat that again is just uplifting and fun.

'Many Worlds' slows the pace with an eclectic collection of instruments and other objects all creating this wonderful feeling and harmonious sound before 'Mule' gives us a country feel with another very uplifting and buoyant track with a great vocal accompaniment. 'Somebody Gotta Make A Move' has a different feel to the rest of the album so far, with a slower and sultry sound both musically and vocally.

'Something Grand' is a song that has all the tonal qualities and story telling of a classic and timeless tune.

'The Wilds Of Wonder' ends this latest release with another funky and soulful number that has plenty of hooks and riffs to fill your ears. Great way to end a really good and eclectic mix of music.