We’re All in This Together Walter Trout Provogue Make sure you listen to this album with a garden hose nearby — Walter Trout is on fire in his latest album. We’re All in This Together proves there’s plenty of zest, not to mention some searing guitar, left in this man who came close to dying of liver failure not so many years ago.
The 66-year-old former guitarist for Canned Heat and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers gets some help from a bunch of very impressive friends. They include Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sonny Landreth, Eric Gales, Charlie Musselwhite, Randy Bachman, John Mayall and Edgar Winter. And while they played their parts remotely and “supplied them from afar”, that isn’t what this vividly executed album sounds and feels like.
It’s a tribute to producer Eric Corne and the core band of Sammy Avila (keyboards), Mike Leasure (drums) and Johnny Griparic (bass) that more often than not you’d swear everyone was trading licks in a sweaty studio.
That feeling comes across strongly as Trout and Shepherd start the 14-track album with a classic kick-up-your-heels blues number and set the stage for the kind of jubilant musical celebration you would expect from musicians of this calibre.
Trout obviously has crafted the songs with his guests in mind: harp maestro Musselwhite is liquid gold on The Other Side of the Pillow while Trout combines with Mike Zito on She Listens to the Blackbird Sing to produce a southern rocker that would have done the Allmans proud.
Similarly, the duet with Winter provides a jazzy interlude, things get rocked up slightly for Bachman and Mayall gets an acoustic slow blues track on which he plays harp.
Mostly, though, it’s an album of full-on, vibrant electric blues that ends fittingly with Bonamassa and Trout going for broke.