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BAND/AUTHOR:

WALTER TROUT

(UNITED STATES)

TITLE:
SURVIVOR’S BLUES
RELEASE DATE:
2019
LABEL:
PROVOGUE RECORDS
GENRE:
BLUES
"Rarely has an album of covers been so bewitching and essential because of its variety and the power of the emotions transmitted."
LOLOCELTIC - 26.02.2019 -
Since his return to business in 2015 with the divine "Battle Scars", Walter Trout has taken advantage of his status as a surviving legend to carry out a series of first-rate projects. With "We're All In This Together" (2017), he had sublimated the duo's art and now he is back with a new album whose concept is to cover rare tracks from the blues-rock landscape. The idea came to him when he listened to his car radio while yet another band was using a standard. He had to tackle lesser-known titles and personalize them. This is done with this well named "Survivor Blues".

While Teddy Andreadis replaced Sammy Avila on keyboards, Walter Trout is still supported by his usual rhythm section composed of Johnny Griparic on bass and Michael Leasure on drums. The complicity with his band is total and is felt throughout the 12 tracks drawn in their vast majority from the Chicago Blues repertoire. The work done on Hound Dog Taylor's "Sadie" or the canvas woven on John Mayall's "Nature Disappearing" is simply exceptional and exemplary. As is customary in the industry, the singer-guitarist also called upon distinguished guests to share some of his songs. This is the case on Luther Johnson's 'Woman Don't Lie' where he shares the singing with Sugaray Rayford for a result that is both powerful and groovy. On Mississippi Fred McDowell's 'Going Down To The River', it is nothing more or less than Robby Krieger (The Doors) who comes to put down his slide lines for a result that breathes the feeling on each note.

But if he knows how to surround himself, Walter Trout remains the master of the place and reigns without sharing. And if we are used to his luminous and varied guitar playing, ranging from a magical touch ('Me, My Guitar And The Blues' - Jimmy Dawkins) to a Hendrixian game on JB Lenoir's'God's Word', which originally made him a simple singer-guitar duo, his voice is still rising on this new opus. It can be as heartbreaking ('Something Inside Of Me' by Elmore James, or'It Takes Time' by Otis Rush) as it can be very delicate ('Nature Disappearing'). This variety is found at different levels throughout this opus which captures the attention from the first to the last note and reveals an endless richness. The atmospheres alternate between heartbreaking and feeling filled ballads ('Me, My Guitar And The Blues', Something Inside Of Me','Out Of Bad Luck' by Magic Sam) and powerful rock ('Please Love Me' by B.B King, the raging'Red Sun' by Joel Poluck,'It Takes Time').

Once again, Walter Trout offers a complete, varied and flawless album, capable of impressing purists with its technical quality and touching all listeners in the heart. Rarely has an album of covers ever been so bewitching and essential. A huge thank you to this artist who is increasingly revealing himself as a wonderful provider of emotions.

More informations on http://www.waltertrout.com

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TRACK LISTING

01. Me My Guitar And The Blues - 7:01
02. Be Careful How You Vote - 3:56
03. Woman Don't Lie (feat. Sugaray Rayford) - 5:27
04. Sadie - 4:44
05. Please Love Me - 3:47
06. Nature's Disappearing - 6:36
07. Red Sun - 4:26
08. Something Inside Of Me - 6:38
09. It Takes Time - 4:17
10. Out Of Bad Luck - 5:00
11. Going Down The River (feat. Robby Krieger) - 6:52
12. God's Word - 6:17


LINEUP

Johnny Griparic: Basse
Michael Leasure: Batterie
Teddy ‘zig Zag’ Andreadis: Claviers
Walter Trout: Chant / Guitares
Robby Krieger: Guitares / Invité
Sugaray Rayford: Chant / Invité


TAGS:
Bluesy, Old School, Compilation, Guitar-Hero, Covers, Rasping voice
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