Classic Rock

The Outsider

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Provogue, 2008

From the start, his high-velocity fretwork made Trout a target for buttoned-up blues connoisseu­rs (“They’re like the fucking Taliban”). But on The Outsider, he embraced that black-sheep status, Welcome To The Human Race proudly proclaimin­g that ‘I’ve been loved and hated, praised and vilified, accused and vindicated’. With moments like the opentuned acoustic strum of Turn Your Eyes To Heaven and The Restless Age – a Stones groove decorated with what even Trout admitted were “pseudo-Keef licks” – the rebel fringes of the blues scene seemed like a much more fun place to be than the po-faced inner sanctum.

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