The Beatles sang about getting by with a little help from their friends but blues guitarist Walter Trout knows the value of friendship as well. The musician's latest album, "We're All in This Together," reads like a who's who of guitar greats, including Joe Bonamassa, Eric Gales and Warren Haynes.
Although Trout will perform Friday at World Records without special guests, he's fine commanding the stage on his own.
After serving as lead guitar player for John Mayall's Blues Breakers, Canned Heat and John Lee Hooker, Trout forged ahead alone in 1989, proving a tireless tourer and spitting out classic albums including 1990’s "Life In The Jungle," 1998’s breakthrough "Walter Trout" and 2012’s politically barbed "Blues For The Modern Daze."
Despite the fickleness of the industry, he's racked up acclaim and sales, building a number of musical friendships along the way. Those found their way to the studio, first with 2006’s cameo-fueled "Full Circle" album and last year’s "We're All in This Together," which served as an unofficial sequel.
With 26 solo albums and a busy tour schedule, Trout is in it for the long haul.
“I’m 66 years old but I feel like I’m in the best years of my life right now,” Trout said in a news release. "I feel better than I have in years physically. I have more energy. I have a whole different appreciation of being alive, of the world, of my family, of my career. I want life to be exciting and celebratory. I want to dig in."
Doors open for the show at 7 p.m. Friday at World Records, 2815 F St. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with opening act Bunky Spurling.