Sonny Landreth recalls the time Jimi Hendrix had “a bad gig”


By Steve Newton

Louisiana slide-guitar legend Sonny Landreth sent me an autographed copy of his latest CD the other day, and man, was I happy to get that.

And not just for the John Henry–the music’s wicked, too!

On the album’s title track, Bound By the Blues, Landreth pays lyrical homage to some of his musical heroes, including Lightnin’ Hopkins, Muddy Waters, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Jimi Hendrix, but there’s one verse that left me a little confused.

Shortly after one of his typically scintillating slide solos Landreth sings: “Voodoo Chile and a white Strat/Baton Rouge, a bummer that/Noel said no lookin’ back/bound by the blues.”

That verse is obviously a reference to Hendrix, but I couldn’t figure out what the “bummer” in Baton Rouge was all about. So when I interviewed Sonny a couple days ago I asked him.

“Well he had a bad gig!,” he replied. “I was…

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