Classic Rock

Luther’s Blues

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Provogue, 2013

Trout’s first covers album saluted the Chicago bluesman and old friend Luther Allison, who should have been a contender – but died just a few weeks after his 1997 cancer diagnosis. This was a revved-up, grittier take on Allison’s songbook – just check out I’m Back and Chicago – that dug deep into some of the lesserknow­n corners of the catalogue, and Trout has rarely played a sweeter lead than on the emotional fulcrum of Cherry Red Wine. “I kinda feel like Luther has been forgotten by the press and blues radio,” noted Trout. “I wanted people to go back and check out the master. That was the whole point of the album.”

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