Blues Veteran Walter Trout Releases Blistering New Covers Album

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. 🙂

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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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14 thoughts on “Blues Veteran Walter Trout Releases Blistering New Covers Album

    1. Yeah it’s a hot one for sure. Trout is a great player, great tone. I’d forgotten that I once featured one of his tunes. I drove around yesterday listening to it.

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  1. Thank you, Sir, glad you like the album!

    As oftentimes happens when it comes to my blogging, I came across it coincidentally when my streaming service served up Walter Trout as a listening suggestion.

    I had heard his name before but wasn’t familiar with his music. I feel anybody who is into electric blues is going to dig this album. Trout certainly also appears to have lived the blues, so he’s definitely authentic!

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    1. I had actually used a Trout song on one of my previous posts but I forgot. It came up on one of the three thumbnails at the bottom of this post. As to Trout living the blues, yeah true enough. It’s sad, though, that so many blues and jazzmen have felt through the years that legitimacy is ascribed to their playing only if they put themselves through some sort of personal hell. There are legions of jazzmen who got hooked on heroin only because Charlie Parker did.

      And BTW, thank you not only for turning me on to this particular album but also for giving me the day off, writing-wise. 🙂

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  2. As a huge fan of the blues, I love Walter Trout. I came to know his music only because he played at a street fair in Grass Valley, CA where I used to live. If only talent was always rewarded with fortune and fame, he would truly be a rich and famous man.

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    1. I love hearing from big blues fans. I’ve been blogging for over 3 years and for at least the first year I drew a younger crowd that didn’t seem to appreciate it. Over time I’ve gotten more readers who do. Agree that there are many factors that go into what drives fame and fortune. It’s always been really hard though to make it purely on playing blues as it’s such a niche. A great niche, but a niche.

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