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Artist: Walter Trout

Title: Survivor Blues (Mascot  Records)

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Tell me more: Singer-songwriter/guitarist Walter Trout is one of the best and most original blues-rock artists ever so it's no surprise he has released another must-hear masterwork. The dozen tracks showcased on Survivor Blues were originally covered by pioneering blues greats ranging from Sunnyland Slim (1906-1995) and Jimmy Dawkins (1936-2013) to B.B. King (1925-2015) and John Mayall(born in 1933). The tracks featured on the enticing collection are not well-known songs but Trout's set is sure to reintroduce the gems to a new generation of blues fans. Trout's guitar work thrills (of course!), but his expressive and potent vocals adds weight to the track list; the Dawkins-penned "Me, My Guitar and the Blues" could well be the theme song for many fret masters and Trout makes the most of the version with an an emotive Chicago blues-flavored take that closes out with an artfully virtuoso guitar solo. The songs are timeless; just take the ferocious early '80s Sunnyland Slim cut "Be Careful How You Vote" (the new version is bolstered by Trout's harmonica blasts) and Mayall's 1970 environmental-aimed "Nature's Disappearing" – both songs feature lyrics that are as relevant today as when they were penned. There are several guest appearances on the disc including Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, whose slide work on Mississippi Fred McDowell's "Goin' Down to the River" is absolute gold. Information:

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