Music" and "Live Trout" and is Trout's finest and most consistent studio recording to date, though any studio recording cannot capture the complete magic of what is a Walter
Trout live show. The last time I was fortunate enough to see him live, Trout received a standing ovation from a large portion of the audience while warming up, a rousing testimony
to his prowess. This also demonstrates that his fans are among the most devout and loyal of any and they are quick to tell you that Walter Trout is "The Man". Whether or not he is
your favorite artist is irrelevant. What is important is that he be recognized as one of the most talented blues/rock musicians of this or any other generation. In a day when many a
young axe slinger is billed as the next Stevie Ray or Hendrix, being the current Walter Trout is not so bad either. Someday in the near future, you will see young phenoms glowingly
touted as "the next Walter Trout".
I review a lot of blues and blues/rock recordings and at times I find it difficult to adequate describe a particular artist's work. However, there are some artists
whose work is so consistently excellent that it makes writing about them a simple labor of love. Such artists' recordings transcend those of their peers and place them in a
class entirely unto themselves. I have often said that people like this could record the Alphabet song and take it platinum.
At the front of the pack of such artists in the blues/rock genre remains Walter Trout. Trout's latest studio release "Go The Distance" comes directly on the heels of his
wildly successful dual live CDs "Face the
You need not listen past the first song of "Go The Distance" to recognize that this is a first rate recording. "Love So Deep" is a blues/rock masterpiece and among Trout's
best songs ever recorded. It is just one of the 13 original tracks you will enjoy on this CD. Once known primarily as a guitarist, Trout has now become recognized also as a
passionate vocalist and excellent and grossly under appreciated song writer. The jacket cover of the CD includes one of his poetic writings "I Have Been Faithful" which is both
moving and inspriring, as are many of his original compositions. The material here, as in most cases with Trout, includes blistering blues/rock, melodic and profound ballads, with
a wonderful acoustic track "Always Been a Dreamer" thrown in for good measure. His body of acoustic work, though not plentiful, is extremely enjoyable.
Needless to say, I strongly suggest that you pick up a copy of "Go The Distance" from most any US retailer or better yet pick up one at a live Walter Trout show. If you
see him live, allow time afterwards to meet him. An important part of the Walter Trout experience is speaking with him as one person to another. I found him to be a deeply
spiritual person of substance, which is more important to me that any ratings that I might give any of this recordings.
But, the CDs are pretty good, too.