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Blues Round-up: November 2015

Album Review

Henry Yates on new releases from Walter Trout, Danielle Nicole, Willis Earl Beal, Brother Dege and Joe Louis Walker

Walter Trout: Battle Scars

For any glass-half-empty bluesman, happiness is bad for business. When Walter Trout survived last year’s 11th-hour liver transplant, his earliest attempts at comeback material were hobbled by lyrics he described as “smell-the-roses bullshit”. Thankfully, the veteran bandleader changed tack, revisiting the hellish wait for a donor in hospital, and spitting out this emotionally bare concept album.  


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