Walter Trout and Friends In It Together

Read our review of bluesman Walter Trout’s We’re All In This Together

photo credit: Austin Hargave

By Rob Dickens

 

The Artist

Walter Trout

 

The Album

We’re All In This Together

 

The Cover

 

The Release Date

August 25 (US) or September 1 , 2017 (Europe)

 

The Label

Mascot/Provogue

 

The Introduction

Since he struck out alone in 1989, Trout’s solo career has been 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.  He survived near-fatal liver disease in 2014.

 

The Background

Years on the road have brought him tight friendships, as evidenced by 2006’s cameo-fuelled Full Circle album and this unofficial sequel.

 

The Recording

Trout drafted no fewer than fourteen A-list stars – including Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Mayall, Randy Bachman, Warren Haynes, Eric Gales, Sonny Landreth, Joe Louis Walker, Robben Ford, Edgar Winter, Mike Zito, John Nemeth, Charlie Musselwhite and Jon Trout.  Core band members on the record includes Trout, Sammy Avila [keys], Mike Leasure [drums] and Johnny Griparic [bass] on every cut, with Eric Corne producing.

 

The Quote

“Now was the right time for this record,” he says. “Battle Scars [2015] 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.”

 

The Clip

 

The Track List

1. “Gonna Hurt Like Hell” feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd
2. “Ain’t Goin’ Back” feat. Sonny Landreth
3. “The Other Side of The Pillow” feat. Charlie Musselwhite
4. “She Listens To The Blackbird Sing” feat. Mike Zito
5. “Mr. Davis” feat. Robben Ford
6. “The Sky Is Crying” feat. Warren Haynes
7. “Somebody Goin’ Down” feat. Eric Gales
8. “She Steals My Heart Away” feat. Edgar Winter
9. “Crash And Burn” feat. Joe Louis Walker
10. “Too Much to Carry” feat. John Németh
11. “Do You Still See Me At All” feat. Jon Trout
12. “Got Nothin’ Left” feat. Randy Bachman
13. “Blues For Jimmy” T. feat. John Mayall
14. “We’re All In This Together” feat. Joe Bonamassa

 

The Verdict

Sometimes, All-Star collaborations don’t work at as well as you might think.  This one does.  At 66, Walter Trout has lost nothing.  His major health scare seems to have provided him with the drive to continue to thrill us with his incendiary playing and vocals.  At almost 70 minutes, We’re In This Together gives us the most powerful blues around with wonderful diversity thanks to his maestro friends.  A winner.

 

via Annie Johnsson Publicity

 

Read our review of bluesman Walter Trout’s We’re All In This Together

 

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Author: Rob Dickens

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