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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

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