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Walter Trout's Tribute to Luther Allison

By May 3, 2013

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Walter Trout with Luther Allison

Over the course of a storied career that has spanned better than four decades and almost two-dozen recordings, Walter Trout has proven himself to be a damn fine blues guitarist. But Walter, too, has his heroes, foremost among them the late, great Luther Allison. On June 11, 2013 Provogue Records will release Luther's Blues, Trout's first ever covers album and a heartfelt tribute to his friend and inspiration. Featuring twelve red-hot performances, Trout has attempted to capture the electricity that surrounded Allison's best work and shot from his fingertips while also introducing a new generation to the great guitarist's incredible catalog of material.

Walter Trout's Luther's BluesIn a press release for Luther's Blues, Trout reveals, "I've thought about doing this album for years. Luther was one of the all-time greats, and it was just an unbelievably potent thing to watch him perform. Just the energy and commitment that guy had, he was one of a kind. We played together once, and just as we walked offstage, somebody pointed a camera and we hugged and smiled. And that photo is on the cover of the CD. When he died (in 1997), the idea of this album was planted in my brain."

Luther's Blues was recorded at Entourage Studios in Hollywood, California with producer Eric Corne, who also chaired Trout's best-selling 2012 album Blues For The Modern Daze. The recording of the album was off-the-cuff and inspired. "Spontaneity is so important with this sort of music," says Trout. "Everybody was saying, 'Well, aren't you gonna get together and rehearse?', but you don't want to over-analyze or get too sterile. This album was all pretty much first or second takes. It's gotta have warts on it. It's gotta have a bit of grease in it."

Luther's Blues Track List:

1. I'm Back
2. Cherry Red Wine
3. Move From The Hood
4. Bad Love
5. Big City
6. Chicago
7. Just As I Am
8. Low Down And Dirty
9. Pain In The Streets
10. All The Kings Horses
11. Freedom
12. Luther Speaks
13. When Luther Played The Blues

Related Content:
Walter Trout - Blues For The Modern Daze CD review
Luther Allison - Live In Chicago CD review

Top photo by Brittany Fay, both photos courtesy Provogue Records

Comments

May 24, 2013 at 7:55 am
(1) Vra Hes says:

Saw you at Raalte Walter, sorry for you leg, but as Always your nr CD is wunderful. You put your whole Soul i it as aleays when your play and singing. I am having all your CD’s and this one also, thaks your bringing so mutch joy and to your Fans,and I thank you for that.
Verafrom Blues-Rock-Radio and Wele652.de where I also working as DJ, and I spread the Word as Always. Next Time we see each other at Groningen again.
Greetings to Marie and take good care of ytourself.
Vera Hes

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