Walter Trout Comes of Age With New Live Album
Walter Trout is one of the world’s great blues guitarists and live performers. Voted 6th best guitarist by a BBC Radio One Poll, and Guitarist and Album of the Year in 2002 by the LA Music Awards, Walter has finally delivered his best ever album to match his musical talent.
By Pete Feenstra
Titled “Relentless” on Ruf Records, the new album was recorded live at the Paradiso, Amsterdam. The album contains 14 new tracks, all of which received their world premier at the gig.
A former John Lee Hooker, Canned Heat and John Mayall’s Blues Breakers lead guitarist, Walter has poured all his experience and much biographical material into this superb album.
Where his previous studio album, “Go The Distance” was a triumph of song writing and craftsmenship, the new album subtley combines Trout’s undoubted song writing ability with his thrilling live performances.
Above all, this album is a slice of classy contemporary Rock-Blues from the autobiographical “The Life I Choose”, and the spiritual “Jericho Road” to Gospel feel of “Cry If You Want To”.
For long time fans there is some classic rocking, such as the self explanatory “Chatroom Girl” to closing rocker, “Mercy”.
But above all Walter never strays far from his blues roots, and few guitarists are able to match his combination of big toneand plaitive lyrics.
It is this simple but effective balance, that sets Walter Trout ahead of all his contemporaries, and maKes “Relentless” on the the very best contemporary releases of the year.
“Relentless” is on Ruf Records RUF 1083