There surely isn't anybody alive who knows more about survival and the blues than Walter Trout. A last gasp liver transplant and a miraculous full recuperation have found Trout wringing the neck of his guitar to full outstanding effect on this lovingly curated album of obscure blues numbers.
The seductive spell which Trout conjures up to mesmeric effect finds his searing guitar roller-coasting on the aptly named Jimmy Dawkins penned opener Me My Guitar and the Blues. Rolling up his sleeves to delve deeper into the well of blues than most, Trout avoids the obvious choices with his studious research for obscurities such as Hound Dog Taylor's emotionally charged Sadie.
The Doors' legend Robbie Krieger slides in to lock down Mississippi Fred McDowell's Goin' Down to the River as he and Trout bait each other with classy guitar licks.
Survival never sounded so good.