A return to his roots – slide guitarist extraordinaire, Sonny’s latest is a powerful tribute to the durability of the genre. This is a bold, big-sounding collection of tracks imprinted with his superb playing & vocals. The last time Sonny Landreth released a stripped-down blues trio date recorded in a studio was 2003’s The Road We’re On in 2003, and his previous album to this was 2012’s maximal Elemental Journey, which ranged over blues, jazz, zydeco, and reggae and had ambitious arrangements that included everything from steel drums to strings and winds. It was co-produced by Landreth and Tony Daigle, and includes originals and standards, vocal tunes and instrumental workouts. A raucous version of Robert Johnson’s “Walking Blues” opens it with blazing slide guitar. Bound by the Blues is certainly a welcome return for the guitarist and his trio doing what they do best, and well worth the wait.