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Walter Trout – Blues for the Modern Daze – review by A.J. Wachtel

by GFats on March 19, 2012

WALTER TROUT
Blues For The Modern Daze                                                Provogue Records

Review by A.J. Wachtel

The influence of old-school country Blues is evident in a couple of ways on this exceptional new CD. From the finger-picked solo performances that are the foundation on all the original cuts to the similarities of Blind Willie Johnson’s original Gospel/Blues music present, Trout’s ability to marry contemporary subjects and modern electric guitar sounds in these songs with tradition is truly remarkable. Picture yourself at an acoustic guitar gig with all the solos audibly assaulting you out of Marshall Amps. And having all the psychedelic Hendrix effects coming at you from every direction. Pretty cool and pretty different. Best known for being in Canned Heat in the early ’80’s and for contributing with Coco Montoya to unleash the powerful guitar dynamic in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, this project allows Trout to explore a side of his music that’s rooted in his first musical love, hard-core blues, and it’s his first pure blues album as a bandleader in 23 years. Songs I really like are the opener “Saw My Mother Cryin”, a personal song with a great groove,”Turn Off Your T.V” a cool uptempo tune with a slick r & b feel, “Money Rules The World” with its screaming psychedelic wah-wah pedal intro and contemporary lyrics: ” Politicians bought and sold……” and the cuts that begin with him playing tribute to B.B. King: “Lonely”, “Blues For My Baby” and  “Brothers Keeper” where he really lets his fingers fly. At the top of the list, I enjoy the acoustic/electric guitar mix present on every song. Internationally known for his tornado-strength live shows this CD really succeeds in capturing the energy of is touring band playing live in the studio. Great job and mission accomplished.

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