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Walter Trout is the beating heart of the modern blues rock scene, respected by the old guard, revered by the young guns, and adored by the fans who shake his hand after the show each night. After five decades in the game, Trout is a talismanic figure and part of the glue that bonds the blues community together, at a time when the wider world has never been so divided.

He’s also the only artist with the vision, talent and star-studded address book to pull off a project on the scale of We’re All In This Together. “It was quite a piece of work to get this record together,” he admits. “But I guess I have a lot of friends, y’know…?”

Before you even hear a note, We’re All In This Together has your attention. Drafting fourteen A-list stars – including Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Mayall and Randy Bachman– and writing an original song for each, Trout has made the most tantalizing album of the year, and found solace after a run of solo albums that chronicled his near-fatal liver disease of 2014. “Now was the right time for this record,” he says. “Battle Scars [2016] was such an intense piece of work, written with tears coming down my face. I needed a break from that, to do something fun and light-hearted. This album was joyous for me.”

Scan the credits of We’re All In This Together and you’ll find nods to every twist and turn ofTrout’s electrifying backstory. There’s keys man and long-time friend Skip Edwards, who came up on the same early-’70s New Jersey circuit where Trout cut his teeth as the precocious lead guitarist for Wilmont Mews. There’s organ wizard Deacon Jones, the West Coast bandleader who brought a twenty-something Trout into the orbit of blues titans like John Lee Hooker and Big Mama Thornton. “Deacon sorta discovered me when I moved to LA in the ’70s,” reflects Trout. “So I owe him.”

Trout also welcomes a fistful of compadres from recent all-star project Supersonic Blues Machine, in the form of Warren Haynes, Robben Ford and Eric Gales. Then there’s John Mayall: the ageless British blues-boom godfather who hired a troubled Trout for the Bluesbreakers 1985 and now blows harp on “Blues For Jimmy T.” “Am I proud to call myself a former Bluesbreaker?” Trout reflects. “Yeah, of course. What a credential. That is a very exclusive club, and I know that when I’m gone, that’s gonna be one of the big things that they’ll remember me for: that I was a Bluesbreaker for five years.”

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SoCal Jazz

Walter Trout: Thriving With The Blues

Read "Walter Trout: Thriving With The Blues" reviewed by Jim Worsley


I considered using the word surviving, instead of thriving, in the title. However, as you will see, Walter Trout has done much more than “just survive" his real life blues. Trout speaks candidly about his struggles and near fatal experience with liver disease and the ensuing transplant. He also spoke with humor, vigor, and a renewed energy and zest for life. Oh, and we talked about music too.All About Jazz Thank you so much for taking the time ...

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The Blues: Why It Still Hurts So Good

Read "The Blues: Why It Still Hurts So Good" reviewed by Doug Collette


The Blues: Why It Still Hurts So Good Marie Trout 360 Pages ISBN: #099799830X Yakkabiz Publishers 2017 Although the therapeutic value of music has not been wholly certified in scientific terms, it is nevertheless an accepted premise in our culture, one that Marie Trout explores with as much passion as scholarship in her book The Blues: Why It Still Hurts So Good. By homing in on a specific genre as her focal ...

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Kevin Eubanks Band, Walter Trout, Bela Fleck & The Marcus Roberts Trio and more Headline 2nd RiverJazz Presented By Concannon Miller

Kevin Eubanks Band, Walter Trout, Bela Fleck & The Marcus Roberts Trio and more Headline 2nd RiverJazz Presented By Concannon Miller

Source: Mark Demko

Walter Trout & the Radicals, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio, and former Tonight Show band leader Kevin Eubanks and his band headline the second-annual RiverJazz presented by Concannon Miller, May 10-25 at the SteelStacks arts and cultural campus in Bethlehem. Tickets for these concerts, which will take place at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks' Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling, 101 Founders Way, will go on sale starting Tues., Feb. 14, 10 a.m., to ArtsQuest ...

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Blues comes "Full Circle" with Walter Trout and Friends

Blues comes "Full Circle" with Walter Trout and Friends

Source: All About Jazz

Guitarist-vocalist WALTER TROUT released on June 20, 2006 his first new studio work in five years, FULL CIRCLE. The landmark effort is the realization of Walter's long held dream to invite musician-friends from his 35+ year career to compose and play together with him. Featured artists include John Mayall, Coco Montoya, Bernard Allison, Jeff Healey, Joe Bonamassa, Eric Sardinas, Guitar Shorty, Junior Watson and James Harman and others.

FULL CIRCLE is a celebration of the diverse styles within the blues ...

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