If Walter Trout had never launched a solo career, the veteran blues-rocker still would have had a résumé to be proud of. Playing guitar as a sideman for the likes of John Lee Hooker, Percy Mayfield, Big Mama Thornton, Louisiana Red, and soul man Joe Tex is nothing to be ashamed of; nor is his stint with Canned Heat. But thankfully, Trout did launch a solo career in the late '80s -- and in the '90s, European blues audiences came to know the New Jersey native for his singing and his original material (as opposed to strictly playing guitar in support of others). Trout eventually broke as a solo artist in the U.S. as well, but Europe was where he first achieved recognition for his solo talents. Assembled in 2005, this Ruf release looks back on the early years of his solo career. Most of this CD focuses on previously released material from 1989-1997, but Deep Trout also contains a bonus track that goes back to 1972: a recording of Junior Wells' "So Sad to Be Lonely." Trout, who turned 54 on March 6, 2005, was around 21 when "So Sad to Be Lonely" was recorded -- and the recording finds him leading a blues-rock band called Wilmont Mews (who played around New Jersey). But again, most of Deep Trout is devoted to his solo work from 1989-1997 -- and the CD offers some of the highlights of his albums Breakin' the Rules, Prisoner of a Dream, Transition, and Live: No More Fish Jokes. Ruf's choices are good ones; everything on this disc is at least solid, if not flat-out excellent -- and the company has assembled a respectable overview of Trout's pre-2000s output.
Performance CreditsWalter Trout Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Frank Cotinola Drums
Michael Jochum Percussion,Drums
Mark T. Jordan Hammond Organ,Electric Piano
Oliver Leiber Rhythm Guitar
Marty Walsh Rhythm Guitar
Martin Gerschwitz Keyboards
Technical CreditsJunior Wells Composer
Walter Trout Composer
Valerie Behling Package Layout
Pete Feenstra Liner Notes
D.J. Abrams Composer
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Walter Trout may be the most underrated blues guitarist on the planet. This collection of his early work after he split from Canned Heat proves that he has been putting out blistering blues for many years now without much recognition outside of the small world of blues aficionados. If you love the blues, buy this album and then pick up his new offering, "Full Circle" which includes his friends Coco Montoya, Joe Bonamassa, and John Mayall.