Dec 10, 2013
Walter Trout Receives 3rd Nomination at
Blues Awards www.blues.org
Dec 04, 2013
Walter Trout’s 2013 release Luther’s Blues prominently placed on Classic Rock Blues Magazine top 50 list
Nov 15, 2013
Walter Trout presents John Mayall
with Classic Album Award for "Beano"
By Marie Trout
Photo credit Lisa Bardsley
The 2013 Classic Rock Awards were held in a venue known as The Roundhouse in London, England. The Roundhouse was built in the mid-nineteenth century as a steam engine repair shed with a giant turntable; hence the circular shape of the building. Anyone who has ever been a fan of Thomas the Train knows that the roundhouse was a building at the end of the track that allowed for the steam engines to be turned around, repaired and refurbished for the return journey. And it is in a sense a fitting location to hold a get-together for people that serve as the engines for today's Classic Rock to enjoy a little mutual inspiration, recycling, and joint celebration.
But where in this picture of frolicking rockers does blues guitar playing Walter Trout fit presenting an award to his friend and former boss, sometimes referred to as the godfather of British blues, John Mayall?
At the end of the line, every Classic Rock tune ever written is indebted to the blues. The nuts and bolts that hold them together are there because the blues was there first; tellin' and playing' it like it is. Every rock tune thus has an umbilical cord that ties it directly to the blues players that invented and re-invented this music: the genius of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, who according to Sam Philips gave voice to where the soul of humankind begins. The screaming emotion of Son House and Blind Lemon Jefferson, the flashy, yet tormented, performances of Charley Patton. This of course goes all the way back to when W.C. Handy synthesized, named, and formalized the blues out of the sounds of what was sizzling and bubbling from the African-American people in the fields and streets around the American Delta region in the early part of the twentieth century. Another part of the blues is the reckless abandon and sense of self-destruction exemplified by Robert Johnson, that connects him with the image of hard-living and young-dying rock 'n rollers; here recently incarnated by Amy Winehouse, who used to roam the streets of Camden in search of more dope to numb the torment - ironically in the very neighborhood outside the Roundhouse.
And so for many reasons, it was a nice gesture that the award this year for Classic Album went to John Mayall's "Beano" album featuring Eric Clapton. And Walter was of course thrilled to present the award.
Mayall was one of the virtual flesh-and-blood turntables that helped send the blues back down the track in the early sixties and thus helped to create the foundation for a new kind of British self-discovery through this powerful and liberating style of music. Pivotal to Mayall's discovery of the potential of the blues was the intuitive foresight of fellow Englishmen Chris Barber and Alexis Korner, who brought American gospel and blues performers to shores far from its American homeland. Here, some young British music lovers, who grew up during the Great Depression and WWII, discovered a deep resonance within them that allowed them to connect with the sounds emanating from a tradition born in the shadows of slavery, sharecropping, and oppression. The blues spoke to them in a language of human commonality; it spoke of a universal longing, a quest for experience, and a need to just leave behind the restrictive shackles of repression and fear.
And here now in 2013, at the Roundhouse in Camden, London to present this award among rock 'n roll elders like Jimmy Page, Ozzy, Tony, Geezer and rock bands formed in the new millennium such as The Darkness and the winner of Best New Band, the Temperance Movement, Walter took to the podium feeling both out of place and yet strangely at home. As an alumni of the Mayall finishing school for great musicians that alongside Eric Clapton also includes Peter Green, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Cocoa Montoya, and many more, Walter exemplifies one of the many tracks that have since spawned from this infusion of the blues, many of which have run parallel with rock - often to cross over to merge with other side lines.
Walter Trout & John Mayall Photo credit Marie Trout
Standing on the podium, Walter was able to invite to the stage the all-important yet often overlooked grand father of British Blues, Chris Barber and pay tribute to how he had the vision to bring over Muddy Waters, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and others. Then Walter proceeded to honor those who "devote their life to playing the blues, because it is in their blood and it feeds their soul, and they f....'n love it more than anything". After this tribute, he brought out Mayall, who like both Barber and Walter got a rousing applause from the crowd of rock 'n roll luminaries. Mayall has been strangely overlooked when it comes to winning awards for his contributions to the modern music scene. Most interviews with him inevitably center around the legions of musicians whose careers have been started or furthered in his band. And Mayall obviously has a keen ear for talent and for putting together players but he is also an expert at synthesizing tradition with new creation, as well as having a multifaceted musical talent himself. So Mayall finally winning this award was long overdue!
And maybe the fact that the award finally came from the Roundhouse of Classic Rock might be entirely appropriate? It is after all in the waking trance states of rock that the blues may have had its widest impact on the musical landscape of contemporary times. And here in constant generation and regeneration, the tradition of the blues keeps comin' on down the track, reaching the apparent end of the line only to be spun around and sent off again in new and ever-changing ways for new generations yet to come. - Marie Trout
Nov 02, 2013
British Blues Awards 2013 - Winner
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Oct 05, 2013
Walter's Health and Tour Changes
Many of you have been asking about Walter's weight loss and health lately. We really appreciate all of your kind thoughts and inquiries and want to fill you in with what has been going on. Walter has just finished up a 4 day evaluation at the UCLA medical center and it has been determined that he has some liver damage which has contributed to recent weight and muscle loss, as well as some other health related issues. With his usual sense of humor Walter says:
“It seems like my early years of debauchery, lechery and partying has finally caught up with me.”
Walter has a great team of Doctors and has been prescribed medication that is helping him to get better each day. This has been caught early and with the proper diet and medication, Walter's prognosis is a good one.
For the upcoming tour of Europe in October and November, the doctors have cleared him to go with certain modifications put in place: The tour needs to be shortened – and there needs to be a few more days off in the middle part of the tour. Other than that, it is business as usual.
Walter is excited to get back on tour! He wants to play for his fans, especially right now. Playing for his fans is what he loves to do!
With proper care, we are told Walter should be just fine – and by next year we are told that he should be stronger and better than ever.
Oct 22, 2013
Walter Trout in November's Guitarist Magazine
May 02, 2013
PRE ORDER "Luther's Blues" CD
You can have Walter's hot new Tribute to Luther Allison CD (or double vinyl) in your possession before anyone else!
If you pre-order it HERE you will receive it before it is officially released on June 11th (USA) or June 10th (rest of the world)! We are excited to be able to offer this special arrangement of early shipping to those, who buy from our web store, just as we were able to do with Blues for the Modern Daze.
Walter and Luther Allison were fellow "Road Warriors".
Ever since Luther's untimely passing in 1997, Walter has wanted to do a tribute CD to the memory of Luther. It is, however more than a tribute to Luther's playing and his song-writing; it is a tribute to a way of life that Luther exemplified, and a way of life that Walter knows so well:
To play and sing with everything you have in your body and soul to an audience, with the hope of reaching them, and somehow giving them an unforgettable experience of a live show.
This CD/Vinyl features a beautiful booklet with Walter's emotional story of the last time he saw Luther. Also many photos, and exclusive liner notes written by Luther's son, Bernard Allison, Luther's long-time love and partner Carolyn "Rocky" Brown, and Luther's song-writing partner and 25 year band member, James Solberg. ORDER IT HERE
April 08, 2013
Walter Trout 2013 CD RELEASE
Luther’s Blues – A Tribute to Luther Allison
Release Dates: June 11th North America
June 10th Europe and Rest of the world
Walter Trout’s backstory is a page-turner you won’t want to put down. Five decades in the making; it is equal parts thriller, romance, suspense and horror.. CLICK to read more of the BIOGRAPHY
Walter Trout Featured in 100 Guitar Heros 2013
Feb 28, 2013.
Guitarist Magazine 2013 updated edition “100 of the world’s greatest guitar players interviewed and profiled”. This edition includes great photography and interesting articles. Walter’s section is found on page 218 and 219.
Walter Trout Tribute CD to Luther Allison
Feb 06, 2013 CLICK for more
Documentary on the Blues/Muddy Waters
Jan 25, 2013.
What a week - got home from the Sunshine Blues fest shows, went back into the studio and finally finished the new album and yesterday a film crew from New York came to my house to film a segment for a documentary on the Blues/Muddy Waters . I played an acoustic version of Catfish Blues .. Today -- I will be on my couch !!! Need R and R !!!!!!!!
Michael Leasure Endorsement
Jan 15, 2013
Michael Leasure (drummer with Walter Trout) is now a proud endorser of Ludwig drums. Special thanks to Kevin Packard and Tim Austin. www.ludwig-drums.com
To read more about Michael Leasure click here
Best of 2012
Jan 14, 2013
Walter Trout's BLUES FOR THE MODERN DAZE selected on best-of-2012 list over at Sea Of Tranquility Org in the non-prog/non-metal category.
Read More: www.seaoftranquility.org
iTunes Best Blues Song of 2012
Jan 7, 2013
iTunes Best Blues Song of 2012:
Walter Trout's Blues For My Baby
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