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SlideLines, Vol. 19
Sonny’s new all-instrumental album “Elemental Journey” is available now!
Sonny’s 11th album features 11 tracks and guest appearances by Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra Quartet playing string arrangements by Sam Broussard. You can also hear Dave Ranson on bass, Steve Conn on keys and drumming by Brian Brignac, Doug Belote and Mike Burch. And you can read more about the new album in our BIO section.
Pack your passports
Sonny’s “Elemental Journey” tour began in Louisiana before heading to the Far East.
“Our formula for jump-starting the touring season has become a storied tradition for us,” Sonny reports. “Our Festival International de Louisiane, Jazz Fest and Rock’n’Bowl gigs went great and the turnouts were truly inspirational. It still amazes me that people come from all over the globe to hear us play in a bowling alley. Of course, it's not your average bowling alley and I can't imagine closing out Jazz Fest weekend without sitting in with Tab Benoit there, that's always a highlight for me. And kudos to our friend and owner John Blancher for his undying support and passion for Louisiana music all these years."
At press time, Sonny was embarking on his third trip to Japan – his first-ever with his full band – for special late-May double bills with his longtime hero Johnny Winter. Speaking of Johnny, Sonny can be heard guesting on Winter’s latest album “Roots,” playing his vintage Gibson Firebird on the classic tune “T-Bone Shuffle.”
For details on the road ahead, please visit our TOUR DATES section.
Buffett’s roots resonate
"Working with Jimmy Buffett is always fun,” Sonny says, “but Jazz Fest this year was a standout gig since it was with a small ensemble and we played an all-acoustic set – well, except for a few songs he wanted me to blast with the electrics. Jimmy, Mac McAnally and I were on guitars, and for the first time some of the songs featured all three of us playing resonator-style guitars. That was cool. Jimmy also had the great Eric Darken on percussion so we could keep the grooves deep and still have a big, open sound. I think featuring his songs acoustically was also a fitting tip of the hat to Jimmy’s roots as a street musician in New Orleans. Like Mac said, ‘It's an important part of what got him here.’”
Stars of stage and screen
Sonny was recently in the studio in New Orleans working on a new Jo-El Sonnier album produced by John Chelew featuring George Porter Jr., Johnny Vidacovich and Shane Theriot, and Sonny’s also been laying down tracks for Harry Connick Jr.’s latest project.
Fans of the HBO series “Treme” can also look for a studio scene next season featuring Sonny and the band playing “Blue Tarp Blues” with Annie Talarico (played by Lucia Micarelli) sitting in on violin.