Monday March 21, 2022 08:00 PM EDT
CL Critic Hal Horowitz Recommends: The 70 year old veteran blues rocking guitar slinger has overcome some serious health issues (his 2019 album was titled Survivor Blues) and is back in fighting form. The ex-John Mayall/Bluesbreakers and Canned Heat member returns from a European tour and released his 29th album which is every bit as potent in its swampy strength as any of the others recorded when he was younger. Trout’s the definition of a rugged journeyman and he knows how to knock out audiences with his cutthroat instrumental chops. — HH
From the venue:WALTER TROUT has been nothing short of prolific over the course of his seven decades on this Earth. He’s set to release his 29th solo album over a career that has spanned the globe, and delivered notoriety as one of the great purveyors of the blues and blues rock. Trout’s history is equal parts thriller, romance, suspense and horror. There are musical fireworks, critical acclaim and fists-aloft triumph, offset by wilderness years, brushes with the jaws of narcotic oblivion, and the survival of an organ transplant few come back from. From 1973, when he left his New Jersey home headed to Los Angeles, he has followed a road that afforded him an opportunity to just play, sharing the stage as a sideman with Jesse Ed Davis, Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker, Lowell Fulson, Joe Tex, and of course the great John Mayall (following a three year tenure in Canned Heat).