No ordinary artist. No ordinary covers album. From the day he conceived the project to the moment he counted off the first song in the studio, Walter Trout had a bolder plan for Survivor Blues. “I’m riding in my car sometimes,” says the US blues titan. “I’ve got a blues station on – and here’s another band doing Got My Mojo Workin’. And there’s a little voice in me that says, ‘Does the world need another version of that song?’ So I came up with an idea. I didn’t want to do Stormy Monday or Messin’ With The Kid. I didn’t want to do the blues greatest hits. I wanted to do old, obscure songs that have hardly been covered. And that’s how Survivor Blues started…” Continue reading
Walter Trout is the beating heart of the modern blues rock scene, respected by the old guard, revered by the young guns, and adored by the fans who shake his hand after the show each night. After five decades in the game, Trout is a talismanic figure and part of the glue that bonds the blues community together, at a time when the wider world has never been so divided. Continue reading
Walter Trout announces new release, ALIVE in Amsterdam, recorded live in Amsterdam on the blues legend’s comeback tour & released June 17th on Mascot/Provogue. Battle Scars World Tour to hit the US and Europe this year. Continue reading
With bristling energy, unflagging virtuosity and lyrics that cut to the core of human hope and willpower, Walter Trout’s new album, Battle Scars, chronicles his horrific battle with liver failure. But the 12-song set, which will be released worldwide by Mascot Label Group’s Provogue Records on October 23 also captures the international guitar hero, on a new high ‘ playing and singing at the peak of his abilities, infusing even his darkest numbers with creative joy that sweeps like a beacon. ‘I’m thrilled about this album, about my life and about my music,’ says Trout, who returned to the stage in June at the prestigious Lead Belly Festival in London’s Royal Albert Hall. ‘I feel that I’m reborn as a songwriter, a singer, a guitarist and a human being. I have a new chance at being the best musician and the best man that I can be. And I’m incredibly happy and grateful.’ Contrast that to early 2014, when Trout was lying in a hospital bed without the strength to move or speak, unable to recognize his own children, as he observed his body waste away. But on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, Trout underwent liver transplant surgery and the slow process of healing began. ‘At first I wasn’t strong enough to play a single note on the guitar, but as I regained my strength, the music came back to me. Now when I pick up the guitar, it is liberating, joyful, and limitless. I feel like I’m 17 again.’
Walter Trout’s passionate new Blues for the Modern Daze cuts right to the core of his art and his heart. His 21st album returns the contemporary guitar legend to his hard-core blues roots and finds his songwriting at a creative and personal zenith. Trout’s sixth recording for Provogue Records is his first pure blues album in 23 years as a bandleader, which is astounding given his heavy resume in the genre. Trout spent five years in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and was a member of Canned Heat, two of the style’s supremely influential bands. He’s also supported a slew of classic artists including John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton and Joe Tex. Nonetheless, as a front man the six-string virtuoso developed a conflagrant approach to his instrument and a reputation for tornado-strength live shows that led famed BBC disc jockey Bob Harris to call him ‘the world’s greatest rock guitarist’ in his influential book The Whispering Years and won Trout the sixth spot on BBC Radio One’s list of the Top 20 guitarists of all time.
It\’s been too long since electric blues guitar phenom Walter Trout played the Narrows! He\’s a former member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (along with Narrows alum Coco Montoya) but has been doing his own thing with his band for many years. ‘I am a spiritual guy,’ Trout offers. ‘I believe in a higher power as a force in the world and that playing music can be a religious experience. Music gives you an opportunity to speak directly to people\’s hearts ‘ it goes beyond words. And I know that there are times when I\’m playing my guitar when I enter a state where I’m not consciously aware of what I\’m playing. It\’s like a signal coming through me.’
It’s been too long since electric blues guitar phenom Walter Trout played the Narrows! He’s a former member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (along with Narrows alum Coco Montoya) but has been doing his own thing with his band for many years.