Classic Rock

The Blues Came Callin’


Provogue, 2014

Recorded in the midst of his illness – with sessions interrupte­d by seizures and tremors so extreme he couldn’t hold a fork to his lips – The Blues Came Callin’ is the album that many assumed would be Trout’s swansong. At times, his voice sounds parched, but there’s an urgency to his guitar performanc­es, and a starkness to his writing, with Wastin’ Away riffing on his drastic weight loss and the title track personifyi­ng the blues as a parasite that creeps through his bedroom window to syphon his life-force. “It’s blues-rock at its most raw and elemental,” noted Trout. “Real balls-out, primal scream kinda stuff.”

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