Walter Trout leads a fierce but controlled instrumental attack on Lonely, our Pick of the Week from his 21st album, Blues for the Modern Daze, out today.
Trout is the man who followed Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor as chief guitarist for John Mayall's blues outfit, and who had a long career as a leader of his own band. He brings all of his life experiences to bear on Modern Daze.
10 intriguing tracks found during the week's listening:
Hello, Dolly, Louis Armstrong
Jazz's founding father is captured in one of his final performances, from the new Satchmo at the National Press Club.
Pleasant Valley Sunday, Carole King
The Monkees made it a hit, but writer King built the indelible framework. From her new The Legendary Demos.
Midnight Ramblin' Man, Gary Primich
Blues howler Omar Dykes joins the late harmonica whiz on this track from new compilation Just a Little Bit More.
I've Got a Feeling, Bo Diddley
The late guitar slinger unleashes some fine solos on the recently re-released and very weird The Black Gladiator.
Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday, Warren Haynes Band
From the new Live at the Moody Theater, it's one of those rare blues-jam tracks you don't want to end.
All Night Long, Little Richard
On this bonus demo on newly remastered Here's Little Richard, producers tried to shape an R&B crooner.
Sangria Wine, Todd Snider
The disciples capture the spirit of a mentor on the new all-star Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker.
What a Friend We Have in Congress, Pete Seeger
Blacklisted singer stays typically cheeky on this track from the new Complete Bowdoin College Concert 1960.
Death Don't Have No Mercy, Lurrie Bell
Chicago blues vet digs deep into his gospel roots on the new album The Devil Ain't Got No Music.
When I Go Away, Levon Helm
"Bound for glory," indeed.