I used to play guitar with a guy some years ago who turned me on to Walter Trout. Recently I happened to be reading a blues compilation magazine which detailed the trials and tribulations of Trout’s hard-partying life. Next thing you know, Christian does this post. So, blogger synchronicity. This album is so good I wouldn’t be surprised if it was not a strong candidate for Blues Album of the Year. So I’ll give the reins over to my fellow blogger today and give him full credit as, well, it’s the Christian thing to do. 🙂
There’s nothing fishy about Walter Trout. For five decades, the guitarist has played and lived the blues, initially as sideman for the likes of John Lee Hooker, Joe Tax and John Mayall during the ’70s and 80s, and starting from 1989, as a solo artist. Now, Trout has released a covers album aptly titled Survivor Blues, featuring tunes he feels have been underappreciated. Since there are only so many ways you can play the blues, I think it’s all about execution. If you dig electric blues, you’re in for a trout, I mean treat!
Born on March 6, 1951 in Ocean City, N.J., Trout started his career in the Garden State in the late 1960s. In a cool video about the making of Survivor Blues, which is published on his website, Trout recalls how as a 16- or 17-year-old he met B.B. King. After…
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