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WALTER TROUT, The Assembly, Leamington
14 October 2012
not have thought this was a Sunday night as the room filled for an
evening of hard rocking blues and, after a well chosen pre-gig playlist
of 1950's rock and roll, on walked the support for the evening 21 year
old blues guitarist/vocalist Mitch Laddie and his band.
Playing as a
three piece Mitch and the boys soon had the hall rocking (even had a few
dancing away), furious blues lead guitar, solid backing and plenty of
Zeppelin style blues riffs on display.
responded in enthusiastic style to the set which included 'What Are You
Living For?' with it's heavy funk overtones and my highlight of the set
Mitch's epic tribute to his idol guitarist/songwriter Eric Johnson
titled 'Mr. Johnson Revisited' which began with chilled out guitar,
gradually stepping up a gear with some explosive lead.
set from a young guitar slinger with surely a bright future.
Trout has played this venue at least once before but being a Trout
virgin this was my first look at one of the legends of the blues (you
will read Mr Trout's comments on being called a legend later in the
With no fuss
Walter and band casually walked onto the stage (in laid back Hayseed
Dixie style) and proceeded to rock the joint, from the off you could
feel the power and energy driving from the stage as they blasted their
way through opener 'I Can Tell' from his 'Tellin' Stories' album.
His guitar work is nothing short of electrifying, he has a true blues
style voice with a gravelly touch and his rapport with his audience is
received new album 'Blues For the Modern Daze' was well represented
including the almost heavy rock of 'The Sky is Fallin' Down' a number
with real swagger, his powerful, soulful blues dedication to his mother
'Saw My Mama Crying'', and with top quality crying out lead guitar and
heartfelt vocals 'Brother's Keeper'.
highlight of the set and introduced as "another happy ditty" the slower
paced 'Recovery' had Walter with complete honesty telling the story of
his darker days.
were in the palm of his hand as we had plenty of anecdotes including, as
I mentioned earlier, his reaction to someone shouting out "you're a
legend' his lightning fast response was a diamond "that's what they all
say, it's just because I'm still alive".
stories told included how Carlos Santana saved his life during his dark
drug days and about playing with John Lee Hooker.
big guy is a top quality outfit, on drums and an effervescent ball of
energy, drummer Michael Leasure, a real character in Sammy Avila on the
Hammond Organ and Rick Knapp on thunderous bass duty.
always supportive of new young musical talented introduced cracking
blues guitarist Sam Coulson onto stage for a fabulous guitar duel while
another special guest was his tour manager and guitar tech Andy Elt, a
superb rock vocalist/guitarist in his own right he added his rocking
edge to a couple of numbers, both vocally and in looks he has a touch of
a young Robert Plant about him.
The set also
paid homage to a couple of blues masters firstly with a version of
'She's Nineteen Years Old' by Muddy Waters and then for the encore we
had a rocking cover of the Freddie King classic 'Going Down' giving
Walter plenty of time to pull all of his fabulous faces and throw that
evening of blues rock with a packed enthusiastic audience, a quality
support and whether he likes it or not a headline set by a legend of the
blues and after saying a quick hello after the gig I must say a real
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