Blues maestro Walter Trout has enlisted the services of fellow bluesman, Joe Bonamassa to feature on the title track of his new album.
Trout’s new record, titled ‘We’re All In This Together’, is the first from him since 2015’s B_ttle Scars, a poignant release which marked his return to health and chronicled his battles with liver failure.
Bonamassa joins an already impressive line-up of contemporary blues stars on the record with the likes of Warren Haynes, John Mayall, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Charlie Musselwhite, Randy Bachman and Sonny Landreth all set to feature..
“On the original Full Circle album in 2006 [which also featured Bonamassa and Mayall], every cut was done live and we were in the studio together," says Trout.
"With this list of guests, I realised that was not gonna happen. But with this track with Joe, we did it live, looking at each other right in the face. What you are hearing is a first-take and the fire and the spontaneity are just raging. Joe and I were three feet away from each other in the same room as the band.
"Joe’s playing on here is completely stunning. I really believe we pushed each other to great heights, and when the song was done, we all just looked at each other and started laughing and I said: “wow, I think we just nailed it!” There was absolutely no need to record it again. Thank you, Joe for being so gracious and giving your very best to this project.”
“I’m 66 years old,” says Trout, “but I feel like I’m in the best years of my life right now. I feel better than I have in years physically. I have more energy. I have a whole different appreciation of being alive, of the world, of my family, of my career. I want life to be exciting and celebratory. I want to dig in. I want to grab life by the balls and not let go, y’know…?”