Guitarist Sonny Landreth Shares Memories of Working With Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Gov’t Mule and More: Exclusive Interview
Over the course of a recording career that's spanned more than 40 years (and counting), Sonny Landreth's distinctive slide guitar has added a little extra sting to a lengthy list of albums — including a stack of classic releases from a roster of distinguished artists as well as the growing list of LPs he's put out as a solo artist.
As Landreth's latest outing, the double-disc concert collection Recorded Live in Lafayette, approached its June 30 release, he sat with Ultimate Classic Rock for a career-spanning discussion of his live and studio sessions with a variety of artists, including Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Little Feat, Kenny Loggins and Gov't Mule. While he's earned the right to trade licks with the best of them, Landreth looked back on these collaborations with gratitude — not so much because of what it meant for his résumé, but for what he took away from the experience.
"Everyone has their own sound, their own style — it becomes really interesting. It's cool how you know how to navigate around each other and add something. A lot of the time it's more about what don't play," he points out. "It's really cool to have that give and take. People always think it's a shootout, but it's a conversation."
With Recorded Live in Lafayette around the corner and a typically busy tour schedule lined up for the rest of the year, Landreth's conversation is far from over. Here's a look back at some of the higher-profile artists he's played with, and what he learned from those collaborations.