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Sonny Landreth

9 p.m. Thursday, November 20. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.



Sonny Landreth is a mind-boggling guitar player. While steeped in the blues he attacks a resonator guitar with punishing speed the 57-year-old also knows how to make the metal box moan and quiver with a Louisiana native's instinct for drawl and funky glide and slide. The last thing he needs is lessons from Eric Clapton or Eric Johnson but on this year's From the Reach, Landreth sits down with those masters (and Mark Knopfler and Robben Ford to boot). This dueling, down-home schooling is remarkably expressive, and keeps the focus on original songs, many of which capture the rage and pain of the post-Katrina landscape. Guitar gods are all about ego, but Landreth channels his cocksure skills through the soul of songs like a Zen master with an amp that goes to eleven.

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