Nightfall Season Extended To Feature Sonny Landreth

Tuesday, October 5, 2004

The Chattanooga Downtown Partnership will be closing the 2004 Nightfall Concert Series this Friday, Oct. 8, with a rescheduled performance by legendary blues guitarist Sonny Landreth.

Review for Sonny Landreth:
When slide guitar virtuoso Sonny Landreth and his band The Goners walked into an audition to perform as John Hiatt’s backup band all other auditions were cancelled. A star in his own right, this monster guitar player from the Louisiana bayou has emerged as a much-in-demand session player for artists that span the gamut from Beausoleil to Dolly Parton, and from Muddy Waters to Mark Knopfler.

Sonny Landreth released The Road We’re On, his eighth solo album, in January 2003. The album mixes blues, rock, Cajun, and zydeco for an entertaining set that showcases Landreth’s signature slide guitar style. The record features Landreth’s longtime bassist and friend Dave Ranson, drummers Brian Brignac and Mike Burch, and various guest musicians, including keyboardist Steve Conn, Danny Kimball, and Joe Mouton. The Road We’re On was nominated for the Best contemporary Blues Album at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards in 2004.

Opening act Black Diamond Heavies will take the stage at 7 p.m., followed by Sonny Landreth at 8 p.m.

Nightfall has been bringing an eclectic mix of rock, blues, jazz, reggae, zydeco, funk, bluegrass, and folk music to Downtown Chattanooga for the past 17 years. This free 17-week series is held in Miller Plaza on Friday evenings from Memorial Day weekend through Oct. 1.

Beer, liquor, food and non-alcoholic drink concessions are available on site. No outside food or beverages are allowed. A limited number of handicapped parking spaces will be available on Georgia Avenue in front of the Joel Solomon Federal Building.

Corporate sponsors for this year’s series are Miller Lite, Kelly Subaru, Fletcher Bright, Victory of Chattanooga, Southern Honda Powersports, Jack Daniel’s, Yellow Tail, Sheraton Read House, Big River, and Allied Arts.

To hear a sample of this week’s headline act, call the Chattanooga Downtown Partnership at (423) 265-0771 to be transferred into the Nightfall information line.

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