Louisiana slide-guitar ace Sonny Landreth plays Vancouver on January 17

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      Vancouver slide-guitar freaks will be thrilled to know that Sonny Landreth is set to play the Imperial on January 17.

      Ron Simmons' Canadian Pacific Blues Society is presenting the Louisiana bottleneck ace, along with local guest Wailin' Al Walker.

      Since his first solo album, 1981's Blues Attack, Landreth has been melding the traditional sound of his bayou stomping ground with a scintillating bottleneck style that has been likened by Guitar Player magazine to that of legendary slide technicians Duane Allman, Ry Cooder, Lowell George, and George Harrison. He became entranced by the shimmering sound of slide at a very young age.

      “The thing I became aware of," Landreth told me back in 1995, "both from my jazz heroes and in my blues heroes, was their desire to emulate the human voice through their instrument. Like with B.B. King, it’d be the extension of his voice. When I heard that with bottleneck, it had a really human vocal quality about it, and that’s what struck me and hooked me in.”

      Tickets for Sonny Landreth's Vancouver show are priced at $30 (plus service charges) and you can find them here.