Walter Trout ~ The Blues Came Callin' – CD Review

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The Blues Came Callin’
Provogue Records

Walter Trout has been there , done it and has the tee-shirt, playing with some of the best, working alongside legendary bluesmen John Lee Hooker, John Mayall, Canned Heat etc. He has emerged with great experience that provided him a positive solo career. With over 35 years of life on the road, sadly he finds himself in serious ill-health, obviously curtailing his work. Thankfully, he recently had a liver transplant and the news is positive at time of this review. This album is his latest offering despite the difficult times and being hospitalised. On listening it is without any doubt a great indicator to his past, present and future passion for music and life.
The Blues Came Callin’ contains plenty of light and shade whilst incorporating his hard-hitting fluid style of guitar playing. There are 10 new original riff laden tracks, plus one from J.B.Lenoir and John Mayall. Bluesman supremo John Mayall, supplies keyboards on the title track and his own penned track ‘Mayall’s Piano Boogie’. The opening track ‘Wastin’ Away’ is a great taster of what is to come with emotional, rocking guitar solos flourishing on this album. Listen to ‘Take a Little Time’ and try not to move your feet, I bet you can’t, it has shades of Bonnie Raitt as well. The title of the instrumental ‘Mayall’s Piano Boogie’ say it all, tremendous musicianship from all concerned, I bet they had a ball recording this. Even a great SRV sounding offering with ‘Tight Shoes’ is on offer. The title track ‘The Blues Came Callin’ is a standard 12 bar blues tune with John Mayall playing the old Hammond B3 – it may be standard but it is one hell of a cracker. Seriously, there is not a dud track, get it, crank up the volume, sit back and enjoy the ride, you will not be disappointed as Mr Trout shines through with his well-honed guitar playing.
In his own words” ‘My family and my music is my lifeline. These days, it means more to me than ever before.” Walter, I salute you….

Bluesdoodles along with lovers of quality guitar wish Walter a speedy recovery following his liver transplant, sending love and positive vibes and a big thank you to his wife Marie for her heartfelt, informative and emotional updates on this journey Walter is undertaking at the moment….

Bluesdoodles gives this CD out of TEN doodle paws a doodle rating of

TEN ……… pawprint half inch

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