The Road We're On

Louisiana blues guitarist Sonny Landreth's last album, Levee Town, was one of the best blues sets of 2000.

Louisiana blues guitarist Sonny Landreth's last album, Levee Town, was one of the best blues sets of 2000. The Road We're On, its follow-up, easily matches the excellence of its predecessor and, in doing so, affirms the perception that Landreth is at the peak of his considerable musical powers. Landreth's slide-guitar playing is beyond brilliant—it's singular. There is no player alive who can match the finesse and fire he brings to the slide. He backs his playing with hard-hitting songs and powerhouse sidemen—listen to them light the fuse on the title track—and parlays all this talent into one of the great blues albums of 2003. A very live feel permeates this disc, with soul-stirring, raw emotion felt throughout. Highlights include "A World Away," "Natural World," and "Juke Box Mamma," a throw-down acoustic blues jam that brings this gem of an album to a close.—PVV