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Legendary blues rock guitarist Walter Trout, currently at UC LA Medical Centre, where he is in urgent need of a liver transplant, will release a new album entitled The Blues Came Callin’ on Monday June 2 via Provogue Records. The album also coincides with the release of a major book and a documentary.
“It’s been heartbreaking to watch Walter struggle through these past many months,” says Walter’s wife and manager, Marie Trout. “We tried various treatment options provided by Walter’s doctors and liver specialists. One by one the treatments failed. Even as he became a shadow of his former self, after losing 100 pounds and his strength, he continued touring, writing, playing, singing, and recording. It’s a therapeutic lifeline for him when the blues comes callin’. The theme of this album is coloured by his confrontation with mortality combined with a deep, all-abiding desire to persevere.”
From the first time Walter Trout heard the haunting guitar playing of Mike Bloomfield, he instinctually knew the blues was his calling. 2014 marks the year Walter looks back at an almost 50-year commitment to playing, singing and performing the blues. The songs on the album reflect his thoughts about mortality and his renewed appreciation for simply being alive.
Says Walter: “To play my music for people has become even more important to me. When I
When I think about looking into crowds and connecting on a soul level, this is what keeps me fighting to get back.
think about looking out into the crowds of people and connecting with everyone on a soul level, and sharing the experience of music with them, this is what keeps me fighting to get back. My family and my music is my lifeline. These days, it means more to me than ever before.”
Walter is fighting for his life and there is nothing to celebrate at this moment,” says Ed van Zijl, the MD of Provogue Records. “This is so very, very sad and we all are praying for Walter to come out on top.
“The album will be released June 2nd as planned as Walter definitely wants this one to be heard. In the meantime our hearts are with Walter and his family.”
Visit www.waltertrout.com for further details or to donate towards Walter’s urgently needed new liver via the link on the left hand side of the homepage. We wish him all the very, very best!
Walter with his famous 70s Strat