May 7th, 2009 marks the 30th Blues Music Awards @ Memphis Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis
Walter Trout’s critically acclaimed 2008 release THE OUTSIDER [Mascot Records] is nominated by The Blues Foundation and the Blues Music Awards for Rock Blues Album of the Year.
THE OUTSIDER features 13 WalterTrout originals (the title track co-written with Trout’s bass player Rick Knapp). Trout’s backing band on THE OUTSIDER includes drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp), bassist Hutch Hutchinson and pianist Jon Clearly (Bonnie Raitt), as well as Skip Edwards and Samuel Avila on the Hammond B3 and a special guest appearance by harmonica wiz Jason Ricci.
Stylistically hard to pigeonhole – – Is Trout’s music too blues for rock – or too rock for blues? — to label Walter Trout’s music is to limit it. With more than 35 years of touring and recording under his belt, this New Jersey native has been “loved and hated, accused and vindicated, packaged and presented for everyone to see,” as his brand new, autobiographical song ‘Welcome To The Human Race’ details.
Being in the studio with Trout approaches temporary insanity – the excitement, the unknown, the experimentation. Truly tantalizing sounds on par with those infamous Eric Clapton licks and Stevie Ray Vaughan riffs, are testament to Trout’s talent. His music speaks to your soul, warms your heart and has your foot tapping. Trout brings the blues to life and invigorates rock in a manner all too rare these days.
Today is the 18th Anniversary of Steve Ray Vaughn’s unfortunate death. Check out SRV in the video for “Texas Flood” below.