Blues

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Steve Creedy

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.

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