I've been getting quite a heavy dose of blues-rock lately and I have to say I think this album is probably one of the finest examples of Blues-Rock ever produced over the last few years. Walter Trout with 14 of his friends just doing what they love and having fun doing it. The album opens up with Walter and Kenny Wayne Shepherd trading licks on its Gonna Hurt Like Hell and follows that with Walter and Sonny Landreth with Ain’t Going Back. Is Sonny Landreth the greatest slide guitarist in the history of the world? Mr Trout believes he is.
Walter has known Charlie Musselthwaite from his John Mayall days and the third track, The Other Side Of The Pillow reflects this long friendship. With the first verse written by Richard T. Bear, the second by Charlie and the third by Walter, a great example of billiant songwriters collaborating and producing an awesome blues song. Next up it is Mike Zito as featured guest and what a great job they both do on She Listens To The Blackbird Sing.
The Freddie King-esque track, Mr Davis, with Robben Ford and the cover of The Sky Is Crying with Warren Haynes both show his love of his friends from Supersonic Blues Machine. After that it is Walter with Eric Gales with Somebody Goin’ Down, a fusion of funk and blues. Then a bluesy ballad with Edgar Winter, She Steals My Heart Away. Two perfectionists in harmony.
Next up it is Walter with Joe Louis Walker and his awesome guitar playing and vocals, with Crash And Burn. Then it is John Nemeth as guest, with some awesome harmonica playing on Too Much To Carry. Then it is Walter and his son Jon with Do You Still See Me At All where you can feel the father and son emotions. Then it is a bit of 50’s style Rock ‘n’ Roll with Got Nothin’ Left with Randy Bachman, with a beautiful vocal performance by Randy.
And just when you think there can’t be anymore, you have the emotional acoustic track with his old mentor John Mayall, Blues For Jimmy T, which is dedicated to Walter’s old bass player Jimmy Trapp. And how do you finish an album like this? Only with the great Jo Bonamassa and the title track of the album. Recorded live and the first take, it ends the album on a real high note – if it wasn’t high enough already.
Take a very big bow Mr Trout. A great idea, brilliantly executed and done with friends that know what you have been through. Not at all bad for a human!