Walter Trout – Ride Review

Walter Trout the legendary well traveled blues man has certainly established a long-lasting career in the scene of Blues Rock. So long that he has now reached the pinnacle...

Release by: Mascot Label Group

Release Date: August 19th, 2022

Genre: Blues Rock

Links: https://www.waltertrout.com/

 

 

Tracklist:

1. Ghosts

2. Ride

3. Follow You Back Home

4. So Many Sad Goodbyes

5. High Is Low

6. Waiting For The Dawn

7. Better Days Ahead

8. Fertile Soil

9. I Worry Too Much

10. Leave It All Behind

11. Hey Mama

12. Destiny

 

 

Walter Trout the legendary well traveled blues man has certainly established a long-lasting career in the scene of Blues Rock. So long that he has now reached the pinnacle of releasing this 30th studio album. Upon getting a new record deal with Mascot/Provogue, a move from California to Denmark, now age 70 Walter has certainly new sense of purpose.

Already a career accomplishment to be able to release so much great music, but to keep doing this and not losing much in terms of quality, is quite a feat. Most of the new inspiration for the new record “Ride” was written and influenced during the pandemic. The new album just keeps the wheel churning and once more proves why the longevity he has had should be lauded with respect and admiration.

“Follow You Back Home” is a slow blues churner with so much emotion packed into it. Walter has always known how to compose a tune that has all the feels. This one has so much personal touch to the lyrics that it instantly makes it a standout track on the record. The more traditional blues rocker “High Is Low” feature Walter ripping through with some pristine guitar solos and bringing back his trademark pick blues sound. His voice is in tip-top shape as he screams “We All Need Some Sanctuary” This… Another prime cut on the album. The beautiful touches of guitar and strings just come flowing so naturally on “Waiting For The Dawn”, is just plainly well done. Nice laid back soulful tune with pristine production. Another personal number comes plain and firm via “I Worry Too Much” as Trout hits on worrying about his liver, he’s a liver transplant survivor. The vibe here is mean, gritty, and as real as it gets; another great song on the album.

In the end, Trout is a perfect ambassador for the blues, a survivor (literally) who embodies what the Blues is all about in so many ways. You can’t go wrong with anything that Walter releases, his body of work just keeps growing more legendary every time. If you get a chance to check out one of his live shows, I highly suggest you do that. As for “Ride”, not much I can critique, production is fine as grain, his guitar playing is customary of his previous works, and overall you get your money’s worth through and through. Recommended.

 

Written by: Shadow Editor

Rating  9/10

 

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