Walter Trout remains at the top of his game, and his new album – ‘We’re All In This Together’ continues to do justice to his reputation as the bleeding heart of Blues Rock. In Late September 2017 his latest offering hit no 1 almost instantly on the Bill board Blues Charts and still remains in the top 10.
Before you even hear a note, We’re All In This Together has your attention. Drafting fourteen A-list stars – including Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Mayall and Randy Bachman– and writing an original song for each, Trout has made the most tantalising album of 2017.
Walter states that he’s found solace after a run of solo albums that chronicled his near-fatal liver disease of 2014. “Now was the right time for this record,” he says. “Battle Scars  was such an intense piece of work, written with tears coming down my face. I needed a break from that, to do something fun and light-hearted. This album was joyous for me.”
Since he struck out alone in 1989 after leaving the Bluesbreakers, Trout’s solo career has been every bit as celebrated. Touring tirelessly and spitting out classic albums that include 1990’s flag-planting Life In The Jungle, 1998’s breakthrough Walter Trout and 2012’s politically barbed Blues For The Modern Daze, he’s won international acclaim and enjoyed ever-growing sales in a notoriously fickle industry.
Years on the road have also brought him tight friendships, as evidenced by 2006’s cameo-fuelled Full Circle album and this year’s unofficial sequel, We’re All In This Together. “The new album was originally gonna be called Full Circle Volume 2,” notes Trout, “but I wanted to make the title a positive statement in this time of madness.”
They say you can judge a man by the company he keeps. If that’s the case, then We’re All In This Together is further proof of Walter Trout’s position at the hub of the blues scene. This is the sound of an artist not just getting by with a little help from his friends, but positively thriving, on an album that is sure to light another rocket under his blooming late career. “I’m 66 years old,” considers Trout, “but I feel like I’m in the best years of my life right now. I feel better than I have in years physically. I have more energy. I have a whole different appreciation of being alive, of the world, of my family, of my career. I want life to be exciting and celebratory. I want to dig in. I want to grab life by the balls and not let go, y’know…?”
So kick back and get your ears and heart filled with this amazing man playing his title track live.
Trout is currently on Tour in the UK before crossing the channel to perform in Germany and a one off concert in the Netherlands at the Metropool in Hengelo on November 1. UK punters can catch him tonight at the Preston Guild Hall. Full Tour dates below:
15 – Preston Guild Hall, Preston, UK
17 – Robin 2, Bilston, UK
18 – Public Hall, Harpenden, UK
20 – Bierkeller Theatre, Bristol, UK
21 – Sin City, Swansea, UK
22 – Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd, UK
24 – Columbia Theater, Berlin, DE
25 – Bluesgarage, Hannover-Isernhagen, DE
26 – Zeche, Bochum, DE
27 – Markthalle, Hamburg, DE
28 – B&W Rhythm´n´Blues Festival, Halle (Westfalen), DE
30 – Gewerkschaftshaus, Erfurt, DE
31 – Lokschuppen, Dillingen-Saar, DE
01 – Metropool – Hengelo, NL
03 – Kaufleuten – Klubsaal, Zurich, CH
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Images: Courtesy of Walter Trouts official website and Austin Hargrave
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Last modified: July 15, 2018