Walter Trout is best known for his stint in Canned Heat as well as being in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. His latest album is titled “The Blues came callin” and is a very personal take on his much publicized health problems.
The first track is called “Wastin Away” and is very much about his recent illness accompanied by a very blues rock sound. He then takes us into “The World is Goin’ Crazy (And so Am I).” which is a very rocking politicized view of what is going on around us today. There is no disguising the inspiration for the next track, “The Bottom of the River” this depicts a drowning man who decides that he needs to fight to get to the surface and mirrors the recent brush with death that Walter experienced.
Walter Trout – The Blues Came Callin’ – album teaser
The next track, “Take a Little Time,” pays homage to the Chuck Berry sound of the 1950s and then we are into “Willie,” which is Walter’s vitriolic opinion of the management within the music industry. “Born in The City” gives us a chance to hear the driving, rocking guitar playing that is associated with Walter. We then have an instrumental a la Freddie King entitled, “Tight Shoes.”
Walters involvement with John Mayall is evident with the next track “The Whale” and although this is a cover of the original by J.B. Lenoir, it is clearly seen as a tribute to John Mayall. The aforementioned Mr Mayall guests on the next 2 tracks “The Blues Came Callin’” and “ Mayall’s Piano Boogie.”
The final track on the album is “Nobody Moves Me Like You Do,” and has been described by Walter a tribute to his wife. This is his gift to her for standing by him and giving support when he was at death’s door. He admits that he now realizes the true value of life and what his family mean to him. His recent health scare has undoubtedly influenced this album and the depth of feeling that pours out epitomizes what Blues music is all about.
Walter Trout album is available on Amazon.com:
The Blues Came Callin (with bonus DVD documentary)