Just as we were putting this puppy together a copy of Walter Trout’s new album Common Ground dropped through our letterbox. The album is Walter’s 20th.
Compared to some of the Strat-spanking blues fetuses doing the rounds these days (take a bow Tallan ‘T-Man’ Latz), Walt has an ancient soul. Of course, longevity is a good thing - great blues has all favoured the experienced - and Walter’s incendiary licks and soulful voice are testament to a life spent perfecting his craft. You can put a seal on that by watching Trout blast his way through the blues standard Dust My Broom (watch here).
His new album Common Ground is great by the way - you should really check it out. Like many of the younger artists in this roundup, Walter is signed to RUF Records.
Listen: Walter Trout and The Radicals - Ride Till I’m Satisfied (live in North Hollywood, California, 2002)