RATINGS: A = must own B = buy it C= average D = yawn F = puke

Walter Trout – Blues for the Modern Daze
Mascot Records

Rating: A-

This, his 21st album, may just be Walter Trout’s best. Living proof that age doesn’t matter when you’re talking about real music, Trout, now 61 years old, is laying it all on the line every time he picks up his guitar.

The album jumps back and forth between heartfelt, emotional and personal songs and Walter’s view of the world around him. A life on the road will give you a clarity and perspective few people with day jobs will ever see. Trout calls out Facebook, our obsession with wealth and our tendency to bury our heads in the sand.

Oh, this one doesn’t just succeed lyrically, musically it is a dynamo. Trout is playing with a cutting conviction as he blasts out solo after solo after solo. This one takes the listener on an emotional rollercoaster. Like a ride on a great coaster, when this one is done you want to jump off and get back in line for another go.

Walter Trout has written a masterpiece that needs to be checked out by all fans of hard rockin’ blues. I am playing this one loud and often.

By Jeb Wright