Blues for the Modern Daze Import
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2012 album from the Blues great. Blues For The Modern Daze represents the guitar legend returning to his core Blues roots; creating his first blues album in 23 years as a bandleader. Trout shares that his inspiration for the album: 'was the country bluesman Blind Willie Johnson'. His music is so beautiful, primal, direct and deeply spiritual that I wanted to feel it at my back when we were cutting these songs'. These songs represent his songwriting and music at the zenith of his creative and personal growth.
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Unlike many blues albums that are being released today, Blues for the Modern Daze is not an album for of covers of blues standards. Don't get me wrong: I love hearing the various interpretations of blues standards by many artists. I don't get tired of them. However, when some new blues shows up on my radar, I scramble my auditory jet sensors and intercept the new tunes with a vengeance.
During my interview with Walter Trout about this album (go to Boomerocity.com and look under "Interviews" to check it out), the guitarist said that he recorded the album with his touring band without a lot of additional production baggage. The result is what you hear on the album will give you're a very clear indication of what you're in for if you see Trout perform live (and I highly recommend that you indulge yourself in such a treat. The dude puts on an incredible show!).
Every tune on this album is a treat to listen to and is deserving of multiple slaps of the repeat button. It's chock full of fresh blues tunes and played as it should be played. As I said in the Trout interview, if I could only play you one song from this album that serve as an advertisement of what you can expect from it, my choices would be a toss-up between Lonely and Brother's Keeper. Both are Boomerocity favorites and are soulful, thoughtful, heart-felt indictments against the isolation of modern society and the church - in that order.
Once either of those songs prompt you to buy the album, you'll be treated to a rich treasure chest of blues and rock. The album comes out of the chute with blues guns a-blazin' with Saw My Mama Cryin'. The tune lets you know straight away that you're in for a real treat.
It's hard not to go through and sing the praises of all 15 songs on this album. They're all great and worthy of endless listening. However, Blues For My Baby deserves special mention. The guitar work is superb and the lyrics bang-on.
Well, okay, another tune deserving of special mention is Recovery. Oh, and Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous and - ah, well, you get the point: the whole album is incredible. Buy the darn thing!
Be sure to check out the interview with Walter Trout at Boomerocity.com
On overall, this is a wonderful blues album by Walter Trout, I enjoyed it a lot. Last time a had this fun listening to a blues album was with the 2011 Warren Haynes' CD 'Man In Motion'. A well deserved 5 star performance & a highly recommended CD listening!
Trout cut his teeth in gigs behind John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulson and others. His debut release, Life In The Jungle, was immediate success in 1989 opening him opportunities to tour and record both in US and Europe.
Already an acclaimed Blues Rock star, Walter Trout felt he should go back to "first musical love" and for this reason he find an inspiration in Blind Willie Johnson's repertoire. Essence of classic songs like "Soul Of A Man", "Nobody's Fault But Mine" and others are driving this album.
All fourteen songs on this outing (plus one declamation, "Puppet Master") are written by Walter Trout and this fact, on its own, is demonstration of astonishing composing capabilities. Every song is deeply rooted in Blues, with no exception, and seasoned with accentuated guitar playing and relished voice through various styles thus representing outstanding exponent of the genre.
He's back to Blues roots after 23 years. Applaud!