To view slide guitar slinger Sonny Landreth as just an occasional John Hiatt sideman totally misses Landreth's capabilities. He is every bit as innovative and inspiring a guitarist as Hiatt is a songw

To view slide guitar slinger Sonny Landreth as just an occasional John Hiatt sideman totally misses Landreth's capabilities. He is every bit as innovative and inspiring a guitarist as Hiatt is a songwriter. And nothing could demonstrate that better than this sweaty, live tour de force recorded last April at Lafayette, La., watering hole Grant Street. The set features Landreth with his own sidemen, David Ranson on bass and Kenneth Blevins on drums. This baby pulses and breathes like a living thing, with Landreth's tone and style perfectly delivered on cuts like the captivating instrumentals "Native Stepson" and "Port of Calling." Versatile and vigorous, the trio interacts hypnotically on "Broken Hearted Road," boogie hard on "Gone Pecan," strut their blues stuff on "Wind in Denver," then go Cajun on "U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile." Landreth's flexible fretwork is impressive on "Pedal to the Medal" and the funky "Congo Square."—RW

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