Walter Trout // The Blues Came Callin'
If the blues comes callin' for you, answer it.
The Blues Came Callin'
Blues great Walter Trout's been through some ups and downs in his nearly 50-year professional career, but he's currently in the fight of his life, battling liver trouble and awaiting a transplant. On The Blues Came Callin' (release date June 10) his searing, sustained solos still hearken back to his days with friend and mentor John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, but his voice – that meaty, authoritative snarl – is noticeably more weathered, weary, and wizened, most notably on the J.B Lenoir-penned "The Whale." Likewise indicative of his recent health, the songwriting takes a markedly introspective tone, most evident on "The Bottom of the River." But everything about this album just, well, works – right down to the merciful absence of overproduction found on almost every modern blues release since the mid-'90s. So, to those unfamiliar with the music of Walter Trout, I say: If the blues comes callin' for you, answer it. — Cory Vaillancourt