Sonny Landreth, Jesse Winchester and Allen Toussaint. Gulf Shores Awareness Concert
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Next Sunday is the Gulf Shores awareness concert put on by Mr. Jimmy Buffett. Jimmy is being joined by a few other musical acts, the most well known being Zac Brown Band. Other acts included Sonny Landreth, Jesse Winchester and Allen Toussaint.
Here is a little background on the Sonny, Jesse, and Allen.
Sonny Landreth (born February 1, 1951) is an American blues musician from southwest Louisiana who is especially known as a slide guitar player. He was born in Canton, Mississippi, but soon after, his family moved to Jackson, Mississippi, before settling in Lafayette, Louisiana. When he is not touring and performing, he resides in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.
Landreth is an extremely competent guitarist in the “conventional” form, but is most well-known for his exceptional slide playing. Landreth has developed a technique where he also frets notes and plays chords and chord fragments behind the slide while he plays. Landreth plays with the slide on his little finger, so that his other fingers have more room to fret behind the slide. He’s also known for his right-hand technique, which involves tapping, slapping, and picking strings, using all of the fingers on his right hand.
Landreth has worked steadily for decades and amassed a following among his fans and peers. Eric Clapton has said he is “probably the most underestimated musician on the planet and also probably one of the most advanced.”
Winchester had begun playing guitar in bands while still a high school student. He also played in Germany during college study abroad and after graduation. Upon arriving in Quebec in 1967, he joined a local band, the Astronautes. At this time, he also began writing songs that he performed as a solo artist in coffee houses throughout eastern Canada. Under the auspices of The Band’s Robbie Robertson, Winchester began his recording career in 1970 with his self-titled album, released on the Ampex label.
Winchester released several additional albums during the ’70s. But, due to his draft status, he was unable to tour in the United States until President Jimmy Carter granted draft resisters amnesty in 1977. As a result, he became recognized primarily as a prolific songwriter. His best known songs include “Yankee Lady”, “The Brand New Tennessee Waltz”, “Mississippi, You’re on My Mind”, and “Biloxi”. These and others have been recorded by numerous artists including Patti Page, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, Anne Murray and Reba McEntire. (From wikipedia)
Allen Toussaint, (born January 14, 1938) is an American musician, composer, record producer, and influential figure in New Orleans R&B.
Many of Toussaint’s songs have become familiar through numerous cover versions, including “Working in the Coalmine”, “Ride Your Pony”, “Fortune Teller”, “Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)”, “Get Out Of My Life Woman”, “Southern Nights,” “Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky”, “I’ll Take a Melody” and “Mother-in-Law”. (from wikipedia)
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