Congratulations to Walter Trout, The Blues Foundation has nominated him for a 2009 Blues Music Award in the category of “Rock Blues Album of the Year” for the CD The Outsider.
Hear the Walter Trout interview where he talks about being in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Walter also talks about his CD The Outsider, which is nominated for “Rock Blues Album of the Year” by The Blues Foundation. As always we will hear songs from his CD.
Walter Trout was born in 1951 in Ocean City, New Jersey. His parents were not musicians but they were very much into all kinds of music. From this Walter develop an appreciation for many kinds of music as well. Walter played trumpet and was in the High School Orchestra. For his 10th birthday his mother arranged for him to spend a day with Duke Ellington. The folk music craze was hitting America with people like Chad Mitchell Trio and Bob Dylan. Walter realized these were easy to play songs so he got a guitar. Through out High School he was in cover bands doing rock songs.
In 1974 he moved to L.A. where he played in many bands backing different artist on tour like Big Mama Thorton, John Lee Hooker, Lowell Fulson, and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson. From 1980 to 84 he was in Canned Heat for whom he recorded two records with called Canned Heat Live in Australia then a studio record The Heat Brothers which Walter said is better to forget.
After that he joined John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers in 1984 – 1989. This was the time John had two guitarists in the band well really three. Walter Trout, Coco Montoya and of course John Mayall. John liked having Coco and Walter in the band because every night the two of them would try in out do each other on stage. This made for a great shows.
Walter made three records with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers:
1985 – Behind the Iron Curtain
1987 – Power of the Blues (double live recorded)
1988 – Chicago Line
Walter’s song “Life In the Jungle” was on Chicago Line this song would later be the title track for his first solo record.
Walter Trout’s solo carrier started in 1989 with a tour if Europe. 1990 brought the first Walter Trout solo recorded Life In the Jungle. In Holland he scored a number one single with his song “The Love That We Once Know”. This is still played by many bar bands every night in Holland.
With more than a dozen solo recorders out Walter has become a very popular blues-rock artist. His current CD The Outsider is nominated for “Rock Blues Album of the Year” by The Blues Foundation (was the W.C. Handy Awards). As you will hear in the show Walter has put out one really great CD. The opening song “Welcome to the Human” is a hard-hitting blues-rocker that delivers both musically and lyrically. The song talk about all the problems we all face in our lives and hey, welcome to the human. “The Next Big Thing” is kind of a country-blues ballad some-what like Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive”. The music is well done with a nice change of sound for Walter. The song is about how the music industry is a very disposable industry always looking for the next big thing. “All My Life” you will get to hear Walter do some fine finger picking to a nice melody. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Bluesrock” is back to what Walter is best known for doing those tuff blues-rockers. There is some cool organ playing in here too, look out Walter is taking off with a rip roaring guitar solo. “Child of Another Day” is one of the songs you’ve heard on the radio along with “Welcome to the Human” and “The Next Big Thing”. If you have not heard these songs on the radio you need to find a new station because they are robbing you of your time. Back in the day when MTV had videos these would all been hits. Walter really shows that he is not just a one trick pony there are many styles on The Outsider. Another good example is his song “A Matter of the Heart” a tender hearted song with nice vocals just an all round pretty song. Walter wrote all songs with the title track “The Outsider” is being a co-written song. I certainly see why Walter Trout’s The Outsider is nominated for best “Rock-Blue Album of the Year”. If you like the songs in the show please buy the CD, (links below) call your radio station to play songs by Walter Trout and get out and see Walter Trout when he comes to a city near you.
Songs used in the show are all from The Outsider:
Welcome to the Human Race
The Next Big Thing
All My Life
Child of Another Day
I would like to thank Walter Trout for taking the time to do an interview with me.
Thanks to Nancy B. Sayle and PJ Olay for all there help in putting this show together.