Dirty Linen (06-07/03, p.92) - "...One of his most impressive albums. Landreth's distinctive playing is as dazzling as ever, even evoking the spirit of Elmore James in a few songs..."
Living Blues (9/03, p.86) - "...Landreth can toss off thumping, rollicking rhythms and soaring, note-bending solos like nobody's business....A musician's musician, Landreth gracefully delivers one of the most organic-sounding albums of 2003..."
Personnel: Sonny Landreth (vocals, guitar); Steve Conn (keyboards); Dave Ranson (bass); Mike Burch, Brian Brignac (drums); Danny Kimball, Joe Broussard (rubboard); Tony Daigle. R.S. Field (percussion); Marc Broussard (background vocals).
Producers: R.S. Field, Sonny Landreth, Tony Daigle.
Recorded at Electric Comoland, Lafayette, Louisiana.
THE ROAD WE'RE ON was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album.
Guitar whiz Sonny Landreth hails from the Mississippi/Louisiana region, and his ability to bridge swamp rock, blues, and zydeco is a reflection of his home area's rep as a wonderful melting pot of roots music. THE ROAD WE'RE ON affirms Landreth's ability to tap into this well of inspiration, and with slide in hand the charter member of John Hiatt's Goners puts on a dazzling display. "All About You" finds him using a growling guitar to shape a Stevie Ray Vaughan-flavored shuffle, the snappy "Juke Box Mama" switches to some finely plucked steel-string work, and "Gone Pecan" chugs along convincingly with zydeco serving as the main source of inspiration.
Although the lyrics on this entirely self-penned effort tend to be a bit on the light side, Landreth's mastery of the six-string provides to be a sufficient to carry him through. Be it slow blues ("A World Away"), faux swing (the title track), or jammy southern rock ("Gemini Blues"), Landreth mastery of his instrument makes this album quite the satisfying listen.