Sonny Landreth : from the Reach

landreth_from_the_reach.jpgA collaborative effort with a who’s who list of musical icons, Sonny Landreth’s from the Reach turns out to be one of the best recordings of his career.

Swinging into form immediately on "Blue Tarp Blues," Landreth’s expressive guitar playing meshes with former Dire Straits’ guitarist and frontman Mark Knopfler. "When I Still Had You" turns in a backward storyline, yet it benefits from the guitar pyrotechnics of Eric Clapton and Landreth. Sonny’s backup band  David Ranson on bass and Michael Burch on drums – provides the punch and sizzle necessary to pull off the wide, loose ranging material. One of from the Reach’s brightest moments occurs with guitarist and vocalist Robben Ford on the pounding rocker "Way Past Long."

Landreth’s openly inviting sense joy on the disc is infectious, especially on the shared instrumental "The Milky Way Home" with guitar hero Eric Johnson. Clapton returns to feed the flowing axe flames on the blues inflected "Storm of Worry." And, the ‘Nawlin’s spirit explodes on "Howlin’ Moon" with background vocalists Jimmy Buffett, and Dr. John sharing the spotlight with Landreth.

Produced by Landreth with Tony Daigle, from the Reach peaks alongside its guest’s contributions, but its bright star shines outward through the imagination and improvisatory note-bending slide guitar style of Sonny Landreth.       

from the Reach is out now on Landfall Records.