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Boom Boom Club, Sutton, Surrey
10 October 2006
It's a measure of guitarist Walter Trout's current popularity that he was able to sell out the Sutton's Boom Boom Club by word of mouth at ten days notice.
The former John Mayall Blues Breaker, John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat guitarist has come ‘Full Circe' as the title of his current album suggests. In the 16 or so years since stepping out from under Mayall's wing he has released fifteen albums and has now firmly ensconced himself in the Top Ten of the Billboard Blues chart for over three months. And the reason for this success lies as much in his relentless road work and his loyal fan base as in the impressive all star cast on the new album.
The really great thing about Trout as evinced by this celebratory show is the way he reacts to his crowd. Unlike so many of his contemporaries, Walter is a natural story teller both in his songs and in his humorous on stage banter. There never appears to be a set list and as was the case tonight there were moments of inspired spontaneity
Inevitably there were highlights from the new album including a tough rendition of his new riff driven ‘Workin' Overtime', recorded with Jeff Healey and the delicate feel of the meandering blues ‘She Takes More Than She Gives', recorded with former boss John Mayall. Walter also dipped into his early career for a fiery ‘Life in the Jungle' the kind of number that beautifully combines heartfelt lyrics with glistening guitar work, as well as a quite beautiful instrumental dedicated to his wife called ‘Marie's Mood'.
But it was with an unlikely conjoining of The Beatles with John Lee Hooker that the band took the roof off the place. Having rocked the house with an impromptu ‘I Saw Her Standing There' Walter climaxed the show with a now familiar but nonetheless stunning version of ‘It Serves Me RightTo Suffer' These are good times for Walter Trout and on the evidence of this show you can see why.
Earlier Brit blues rocker Roadhouse earned themselves a fine reception with boisterous set based around the impressive songs of guitarist Gary Boner. His Americana style anthems such as ‘Blues Highway' and ‘Voodoo Queen' may be of a Lynyrd Skynyrd influenced bygone era, but it is impressive stuff nonetheless.
Review by Pete Feenstra