Elemental Journey

Elemental Journey

by Sonny LandrethSonny Landreth


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Sonny Landreth is known for his brilliant Mississippi and Louisiana-styled slide guitar playing, and he's a pretty good songwriter as well, and he can sing just fine, and he has a strong sense of place and purpose, and he knows how to play the blues. But most of all, Landreth plays guitar, and he does it so elegantly and gracefully that it becomes a voice of its own. Elemental Journey is Landreth's 11th solo album, and it's his first all-instrumental outing, and folks, this isn't a blues album. It's a wonderfully bright, woven mesh of blues, strings, rock, zydeco, country, reggae, and jazz that shifts and turns and builds within each track, and all of it fits seamlessly together like a huge musical quilt made for guitar heaven. Track after track surprises and amazes here, from the opening "Gaia Tribe," which features guest Joe Satriani on guitar, through the stirring "Heavy Heart Rising" and the joyous "Wonderide" and "Passionola" (this one features Eric Johnson on guitar) to the Caribbean shuffle of "Forgotten Story," complete with steel drums from Robert Greenidge. Members of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra are here, too, and the touches of violins, cellos, and violas that appear and fade appropriately throughout these tracks keep everything fresh, and there's always some new guitar line coming in. This is a wonderfully bright album, stirring and impressive. This man can play guitar, and while his one-of-a-kind slide playing may always be his bread and butter, he shows clearly in these tracks that he can play the instrument in a thousand different ways. This isn't a typical Landreth album by any means, at least not to date, but it is one of his best.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2012
Label: Landfall
UPC: 0881626951224
catalogNumber: 3
Rank: 54403


  1. Gaia Tribe
  2. For You and Forever
  3. Heavy Heart Rising
  4. Wonderide
  5. Passionola
  6. Letting Go
  7. Elemental Journey
  8. Brave New Girl
  9. Forgotten Story
  10. Reckless Beauty
  11. Opening Sky

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sonny Landreth   Primary Artist,Guitar
Eric Johnson   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Joe Satriani   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Mike Burch   Drums
Steve Conn   Keyboards
Tony Daigle   Percussion
Robert Greenidge   Steel Drums,Guest Appearance
Brian Brignac   Percussion,Drums
Mark Pritchard   Cello
Doug Belote   Drums
Joel Martinez   Violin
Dave Ranson   Bass
Lauren Baker   Violin
Emil Ivanv   Viola
Pedro Huff   Cello
Morgan Bartholick   Viola

Technical Credits

Joe Satriani   Engineer
Sonny Landreth   Composer,Producer
Sam Broussard   String Arrangements
Tony Daigle   Engineer
Rich Davis   Engineer
Mariusz Smolij   Music Direction
Brad Hunter   Management
Kelly Donnelly   Engineer
Chris Faville   Booking
Brad Madison   Booking

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