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Blitzen Trapper's new title track soars nostalgically

"All Across This Land" is a 5-star song in the same vein as the great classic hard rock of the ‘70s.
Blitzen Trapper. Photo by Jason Quigley.

PR photo of Blitzen Trapper. Photo by Jason Quigley.

By Patrick Prince

Fifteen years and seven albums later, the Portland, Oregon quintet Blitzen Trapper are set to release the full-length "All Across This Land" on October 2 via Vagrant Records.

Blitzen Trapper —– Erik Menteer (guitar), Michael Van Pelt (bass), Marty Marquis (guitar/keys), Brian Adrian Koch (drums) — have crossed boundaries into various styles over the years but the band always had a distinct sound of its own. Centering on "All Across This Land," it certainly has a nostalgic '70s feel to it.

In fact, the title track of the newest album is a 5-star song in the same vein as the great classic hard rock of the ‘70s which was southern fried and well-loved — think Molly Hatchet, Foghat, Edgar Winter Group and so on. On the song "All Across This Land" two guitars intertwined perfect the main riffs to create such a sweet sounding rock groove that is quickly-paced and fun enough to tap your toe to. Really, it’s glorious.

This is the song that stands out on “All Across This Land” — hopefully, there’s a single on colored vinyl in time for Record Store Day’s Black Friday this year? (hint, hint...)

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The entire album is streaming for a period of time this week at Check it out by clicking here.

In the meantime, catch Blitzen Trapper on the road. Here are tour dates:

September 30 – Bozeman, MT – Faultline North
October 1 – Billings, MT – Carlin Events Center
October 3 – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
October 4 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
October 6 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
October 7 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
October 8 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch
October 9 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
October 10 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
October 11 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
October 13 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
October 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
October 15 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
October 16 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
October 17 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
October 18 – Nashville, TN – Exit / In
October 19 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
October 21 – Austin, TX – The Parish
October 22 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
October 23 – Norman, OK – The Opolis
October 24 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
October 26 – Denver, CO – The Bluebird Theater
October 27 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
November 9 – Eugene, OR – HiFi Music Hall
November 11 – Santa Barbara, CA – SOHO Restaurant & Music Club
November 12 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory
November 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
November 14 – Felton, CA – Don Quixote’s International Music
November 15 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
November 16 – Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall
November 17 – Arcata, CA – Humboldt Brews
November 19 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
November 20 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
November 28 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall

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About Patrick Prince:
A longtime music writer and editor, Patrick Prince is the Editor of Goldmine magazine.