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Blues - Released January 25, 2019 | Provogue

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Bluesman Walter Trout returns with a record a little different than his usual output. Survivor Blues is comprised exclusively of covers, and he has chosen to record mainly obscure, old blues songs rather than more well-known picks. The album follows 2017's We're All in This Together and features his take on Jimmy Dawkins' "Me, My Guitar and the Blues." ~ Bekki Bemrose
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Blues - Released September 1, 2017 | Provogue

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66 years on, Walter Trout has still got the blues - and just as well! Even after a nasty bout of Hepatitis C, the New Jersey guitarist is still shooting at anything that moves, Stratocaster in hand, and representing a genre of which he is one of the most faithful servants of our times. With the well-named We're All In This Together, the old hired gun who had worked with such big names as Percy Mayfield, Deacon Jones, John Lee Hooker or even Joe Tex, and who had been a part of Canned Heat in the 1980s, is having some fun, bringing his orgiastic guitar playing into a furious assembly of close collaborators. He is joined by - do not adjust your set - Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sonny Landreth, Charlie Musselwhite, Mike Zito, Robben Ford, Warren Haynes, Eric Gales, Edgar Winter, Joe Louis Walker, John Nemeth, Randy Bachman, John Mayall, Joe Bonamassa and his son Jon Trout! The list of co-performers alone should give a good idea of the avalanche of solos that will engulf listeners. Mind-blowing! © CM/Qobuz
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Blues - Released January 25, 2019 | Provogue

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Blues - Released June 17, 2016 | Provogue

Recorded at the end of 2015 at the Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam, ALIVE in Amsterdam captures the return of Walter Trout to the live scene after his 2014 liver transplant and subsequent album Battle Scars. A white-knuckle ride through guitar solos and blues-rock, the album sees Trout at his most fierce, delivering a compelling live set of material drawn from his huge back catalog. ~ Rich Wilson
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Blues - Released October 23, 2015 | Provogue

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Blues - Released October 23, 2015 | Provogue

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Blues - Released April 20, 2012 | Provogue Records

Blues for the Modern Daze is the 21st album from guitar legend Walter Trout and follows 2010’s Common Ground. Produced by engineer Eric Corne (Michelle Shocked, Glen Campbell) and Trout himself, the album was recorded at the Entourage Studios in North Hollywood. Inspired by his early blues roots and by country blues musician Blind Willie Johnson in particular, the album sees Trout deliver his first proper blues album in 23 years.
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Blues - Released August 13, 2009 | Provogue

Walter Trout is an electric bluesman who has logged in lots of experience as both a sideperson (including work with John Mayall) and as a leader of his own bands (including the Free Radicals). As the reference to Mayall might suggest, he also adds a healthy dose of classic rock to his blues on The Outsider, working in the tradition of Jimi Hendrix's "Red House" and, in general, Stevie Ray Vaughan. The slow, rocking blues of the title track, in fact, may remind one of "Red House" or "Texas Flood." This isn't to accuse Trout of being derivative so much as to note that he, like many blues artists, is working within well-worn traditions that place more emphasis on creating an individual voice within the limits of that tradition than leaving the tradition behind. To that end, the Eastern underpinning of a song like "Sanjay" works much better for establishing Trout's talents than the title track. Likewise, the acoustic "Turn Your Eyes to Heaven" offers an easy-flowing, open-ended musical space that mimics the spirituality of the lyric. One of the primary strengths of The Outsider is its eclecticism within the blues-rock tradition, an approach that shows Trout's range, but also one that prevents one musical style from becoming too dominant. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.
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Blues - Released May 30, 2014 | Provogue

There's a grim but ultimately wonderful story behind Walter Trout's The Blues Came Callin'. A fine songwriter with an explosive, searing guitar style, Trout, a New Jersey native, is a lifetime blues musician, having been a member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Canned Heat, toured in John Lee Hooker and Big Mama Thornton's road bands, and released a number of strong solo albums under his own name. When it was discovered that he had a disease that ruined his liver, a transplant was his only option, and he had neither the money nor the insurance to have the procedure done. He wrote the songs for this album knowing that it might well be his last. Thanks to social media and a fervent fan base, enough money was raised to allow the transplant, and The Blues Came Callin', another excellent outing from Trout, would appear to not be his last album after all. The blues may not be about happy endings, but it is a music about surviving hardships and reaching toward personal change and redemption, and Trout gives all of that credence with this fine release. ~ Steve Leggett
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Blues - Released September 1, 2017 | Provogue

66 years on, Walter Trout has still got the blues - and just as well! Even after a nasty bout of Hepatitis C, the New Jersey guitarist is still shooting at anything that moves, Stratocaster in hand, and representing a genre of which he is one of the most faithful servants of our times. With the well-named We're All In This Together, the old hired gun who had worked with such big names as Percy Mayfield, Deacon Jones, John Lee Hooker or even Joe Tex, and who had been a part of Canned Heat in the 1980s, is having some fun, bringing his orgiastic guitar playing into a furious assembly of close collaborators. He is joined by - do not adjust your set - Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sonny Landreth, Charlie Musselwhite, Mike Zito, Robben Ford, Warren Haynes, Eric Gales, Edgar Winter, Joe Louis Walker, John Nemeth, Randy Bachman, John Mayall, Joe Bonamassa and his son Jon Trout! The list of co-performers alone should give a good idea of the avalanche of solos that will engulf listeners. Mind-blowing! © CM/Qobuz
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Blues - Released July 2, 2010 | Provogue

On what is billed as his 20th solo album, journeyman blues-rock guitarist Walter Trout seems to be intent on establishing himself as something more than a worthy successor to an older generation of blues originators, as well as a bevy of their better-known successors all old enough to be his older brothers. He has written all 12 songs himself and printed the lyrics to them in the CD booklet. Especially at first, his bid to be a singer/songwriter shows promise, with the self-deprecating and reflective "May Be a Fool" and "Open Book" leading things off, and, in fourth position, the spiritually oriented title song, "Common Ground," a prayer for universal understanding. Even on these tracks, however, the guitar solos stand out, and as the album goes on the songs tend to seem more and more like platforms on which Trout builds those solos. Stomps, shuffles, and ballads vary the tempos somewhat, and the styles range from country-blues ("Hudson Had Help") to Southern rock in the Allman Brothers Band mold ("Danger Zone") and Chicago blues ("Wrapped Up in the Blues"). But the tunes are predictable and the lyrics only serviceable; what matters is Trout's Fender Stratocaster, to which he pays tribute in the lilting "Song for My Guitar." He plays with authority, but at any given moment suggests any one of a number of his immediate predecessors, including Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Duane Allman, and so on. That tends to make him a more impressive figure when he's playing right in front of you in a club or theater than when he's heard on a recording. ~ William Ruhlmann

Blues - Released August 22, 2017 | Provogue

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Blues - Released June 7, 2013 | Provogue Records

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Rock - Released June 19, 2009 | Provogue

Walter Trout has always been a blues man with rock & roll on his mind first and foremost. Though showy and loud, Trout keeps on the path of least resistance for an audience that wonders what Stevie Ray Vaughan, Luther Allison, Albert Collins, or Jimi Hendrix would sound like were they still alive. Still, Trout has carved out a career and a living playing music that definitely gets people out of their seats and raving for more. This collection -- correctly subtitled "Twenty Years of Hardcore Blues" -- has Trout picking favorites from various live performances recorded over the years by the BBC and, as he puts it, were selected favoring performance over recording quality. It should be pointed out that there's absolutely nothing wrong with the sound quality of these select dates and songs, and there are a couple of studio tracks thrown in, adding to the special nature of this disc, for both fans and novices. Notable for being the last recording done with bassist Jimmy Trapp (2005 in Las Vegas,) "Sweet as a Flower" is especially poignant, a rattlesnake shaker that recalls Peter Green when he was with Fleetwood Mac, while "Two Sides to Every Story" adopts an acoustic-style slide guitar-centered slow stomp that stands apart from the other tracks. Tougher than tough is a version of the Don Nix evergreen popularized by Freddie King "Goin' Down"; there's Buddy Guy's juke joint-rockin' shuffle "She's Out There Somewhere," and the classic old-school rocker "Long Tall Sally" -- all played with great energy and good spirit. The band also covers John Mayall's "Somebody's Acting Like a Child" with stinging guitar as good as anyone's, and the Finis Tasby tune "Goin' Back Home," fairly typical, from Bonn, Germany in 1991. Trout's originals include a new studio recording of the two-chord, organ-fed rocker "They Call Us the Working Class," and live performances of the hard rock blues "Life in the Jungle" (Amsterdam, 1991) which was the title track of his first album, and the instrumental "Marie's Mood" showing a jazzier side. Sammy Avila on the Hammond B-3 organ, bassist Rick Knapp, and drummer Michael Leasure join Trout for the majority of these concert shows. While there's nothing groundbreaking here, or out of character with Trout's reputation and estimable talent, it's a solid collection of songs featuring the worked-up guitar of the leader that should appeal to the guitar hero nation without reservation. ~ Michael G. Nastos
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Blues - Released October 23, 2015 | Provogue

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Rock - Released April 17, 2009 | Provogue

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Blues - Released August 13, 2009 | Provogue

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Blues - Released September 14, 2015 | Provogue

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Blues - Released September 23, 2015 | Provogue

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Blues - Released October 7, 2015 | Provogue