The first time I saw the movie Sling Blade I was completely floored by the soundtrack. As the movie was playing I didn’t know who did the soundtrack but I did know that whoever it was had to be the coolest person alive. It turned out that the coolest person alive was Daniel Lanois.

Daniel Lanois is probably best known as the genius who produced U2’s “Joshua Tree” album, probably one of the top ten greatest rock albums in history if you ask me.

The Sling Blade soundtrack had such a huge impact on me that I found myself in band practices repeatedly saying “I want it to sound like Lanois”. The work I did on “The Six Comforts” album probably most reflects the Lanois influence, especially the song on that page listed as “Electric Guitar Solo”. That is a bold faced rip off if I ever heard one.

The reason I bring this up is because I’ve been writing some new music for the new band and there is an instrumental section at the end of one of the tunes where I want to do another Lanios type of thing. So I was looking around on You Tube to see if I could find any of Lanios’ stuff to let the guys hear it. Here are a couple of videos I found that wonderfully demonstrate the vibe I want to portray. This style of playing just never gets old to me.

This first one is Lanois playing one of the tunes from the soundtrack live.

And here is that same sort of thing used in the movie.