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Interview:
Walter Trout Sings The Blues Of The Working Class
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Walter Trout is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his departure from John Mayall’s group and setting out on his own. But the blues guitarist and bandleader has something brand new that he’s proud of.

Trout — whose “The Outsider” is up for Rock Blues Album of the Year at the Blues Foundation’s 2009 Blues Music Awards in May — recently penned the track “They Call Us Working Class (But We Ain’t Workin’ Anymore),” which is available via YouTube. It’s a message he feels will resonate well when he plays in the Detroit area this weekend.

“I feel very affected by what happens to common, everyday working people,” Trout, 57, says. “It seems to me that all of the attempts being made by our government to ease this crisis are all directed towards rich people, and I have the feeling that it’s taking money from middle class, working class and poor people and just throwing it at rich people, and that’s hard for me to understand. I feel that it’s not the working class that caused this problem, but they are certainly the ones who have to pay for it.

“One day, after reading a particularly upsetting article in the newspaper I went out to my little home studio and wrote this song in about 15 minutes. I felt like somebody needed to speak up for the working man, who is really the backbone of this country.”



Walter Trout & the Radicals and Motor City Josh & the Big Three perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday (March 31) at Callahan’s, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Tickets are $25. Call (248) 858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

Web Site: www.atcallahans.com

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