WAL­TER TROUT THE BLUES CAME CALLIN’

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Wal­ter should be fully cel­e­brat­ing his 25 years as a solo per­former but, sadly, se­ri­ous health is­sues are cur­rently tak­ing pri­or­ity. How­ever, in a typ­i­cally ‘ Wal­ter’ fash­ion, he’s found en­ergy and de­ter­mi­na­tion enough to put out what is his an­niver­sary al­bum. And it’s a cracker; yet an­other great re­lease from this true am­bas­sador of the genre, show­cas­ing his dis­tinc­tive take on the blues. The way he’s kept up the qual­ity of the ma­te­rial ( in spite of ev­ery­thing) is noth­ing short of re­mark­able. There’s not one un­der- par track here. Ten Wal­ter orig­i­nals are joined by JB Lenoir’s The Whale, while May­all’s Piano Boo­gie was writ­ten for the oc­ca­sion by his old boss. A good cross sec­tion of feels; check out Tight Shoes, the great solo on The World Is Goin’ Crazy, and the ti­tle track. Wal­ter has al­ways said his mu­sic is ther­a­peu­tic, so long may he deliver this kind of medicine to us all. Get well, Wal­ter, and take this bril­liant al­bum out on the road where you and your mu­sic truly be­long.

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