Walter Trout is the beating heart of the modern blues rock scene. Respected by the old guard. Revered by the young guns. Adored by the fans who shake his hand after the show each night. After five decades in the game, Trout is a talismanic figure and the glue that bonds the blues community together, at a time when the wider world has never been so divided. He's also the only artist with the vision, talent and star-studded address book to pull off a project on the scale of We're All In This Together. Drafting 14 A-list stars – including Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Mayall and Randy Bachman – and writing an original song for each, Trout has made the most tantalizing album of the year, and found solace after a run of solo albums that chronicled his near-fatal liver disease of 2014.
Scan the credits of We're All In This Together and you'll find nods to every twist and turn of Trout's electrifying backstory. There's keys man and long-time friend Skip Edwards, who came up on the same early-'70s New Jersey circuit where Trout cut his teeth as the precocious lead guitarist for Wilmont Mews. There's organ wizard Deacon Jones, the West Coast bandleader who brought a 20-something Trout into the orbit of blues titans like John Lee Hooker and Big Mama Thornton. Trout also welcomes a fistful of compadres from recent all-star project The Supersonic Blues Machine, in the form of Warren Haynes, Robben Ford and Eric Gales. Then there's John Mayall: the ageless British blues-boom godfather who hired a troubled Trout for the Bluesbreakers in 1985.
The core band throughout consists of Trout, Sammy Avila (keys), Mike Leasure (drums) and Johnny Griparic (bass), with Eric Corne producing while further guest artists include Sonny Landreth. Charlie Musselwhite, Mike Zito, Edgar Winter, Joe Louis Walker and John Németh. They say you can judge a man by the company he keeps. If that's the case, then We're All In This Together is further proof of Walter Trout's position at the hub of the blues scene. This is the sound of an artist not just getting by with a little help from his friends, but positively thriving, on an album that is sure to light another rocket under his blooming late career.