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Those who came in to record with us were
Joe Bonamassa on the title track - which by
the way, was one take, spontaneous... we didn't
even rehearse it - Edgar Winter on "She Steals
My Heart Away," and my son, Jon, on "Do You
Still See Me at All?" The rest were mapped out
and planned in advance in regard to who was
going to play what and who was going to sing
where. We did the basic tracks and we sent
them out to the guys.
What were some of your favorite moments in the process?

I have to say there are a lot of blues jams,
which I love. But as far as songwriting, I really
like the cut with Mike Zito, "She Listens to
The Blackbird Sing," and I like the cut with
Edgar, because they're different than the rest
of the stuff on there. I also like the cut I did
with John Mayall, "Blues for Jimmy T." Mayall
came to the studio, too.

WALTER TROUT
"Reborn" and Rockin'

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fter having his life saved by a liver transplant and releasing Battle Scars, an album
that chronicled his health struggles, Walter
Trout is back. To celebrate, he gathered friends
including Joe Bonamassa, Warren Haynes,
and Kenny Wayne Shepherd to record We're
All in This Together.
How did the guest list develop for the
album?

Battle Scars was a concept album about my
brush with death, the eight-month stay in a
hospital, and fight to recover. It was very heavy,
and pretty graphic. After that, I thought, "I've
recovered. I feel great. I'm filled with energy

and creativity, and I feel young again. Instead
of doing some other deep, emotional, confessional record, how about we have some fun?"
It started when I did Carnegie Hall with
Kenny Wayne and Edgar Winter, and we were
sitting in the dressing room and I said, "Why
don't we record together?" Later, I had dinner
with Warren and Robben Ford, and we were
sitting, telling stories. I said, "I'd love to record
with you guys." So, it kept transpiring until
I had this group of friends who were ready. I
wanted something fun and radically different.
Did you get to spend time in the studio
with any of them, or were their parts sent
digitally?

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January 2018

I basically used my road rig, which is this
mutt Stratocaster. The body was built for
me by Scott Lentz. About 12 years ago, my
shoulder went out because my old '73 Strat
weighs more than a Les Paul - it's the one on
the cover of all my records. And it pulled my
shoulder out to where I couldn't even control
my left arm, I got a lot of physical therapy and
a lot of acupuncture. The arm came back, but I
had to retire the guitar. So Scott, who's a good
friend, built me a body that is incredibly light
- I've got the lightest Strat on the face of the
earth! I don't know what wood he used. I had
a couple of Strats laying around, and there was
one neck that I really liked, so I put that neck
on it. The pickups were made for me by my
close friend, Seymour Duncan. And I'm just
playing through a Mesa Boogie Mark V with a
4x12 open-back cabinet - the kind they don't
make anymore with the black-metal grille.
I'm not using any pedals or any effects - I
go straight into the amp. But I am on the third
channel, with the gain turned all the way up.
If I want to play clean, I just turn the guitar
down. I do all of it with the Volume knob on
the guitar. I came up in the '60s and early '70s,
playing in a lot of bar bands, and the only thing
that was miked was the vocals. So, you had
to control the balance with your instrument
and learn how to play rhythm parts with the
guitar turned way down. When it was time
for a solo, you cranked the guitar up. It's an
old-school way of approaching it.
How is your health?

I feel great. I'm filled with energy and creativity. I feel like I could sit down today and
write you an album if I felt like it. I'm kind of
reborn. - Greg Prato

Walter Trout: Austin Hargave.

Which guitars, amps, and effects did
you use?


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