Preview: Walter Trout

by Adam Aiken

Bluesman Walter Trout is heading to East Anglia this month as part of his UK and European tour.

The American guitarist/singer will be The Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, on Monday, June 20.

Trout’s early career saw him play alongside a who’s-who of blues legends, culminating in a five-year stint with John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, where he followed in the footsteps of Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor.

Since going solo in 1989, Trout has released a bunch of critically-acclaimed albums and has scooped a number of gongs, including being named Overseas Artist Of The Year three times at the British Blues Awards.

He was also named the sixth best guitarist in a BBC radio listeners’ poll.

Trout’s most recent album, Ordinary Madness, dropped in 2020 and his next release, Ride, is due out in August.

It’s all a far cry from his travails a few years ago, having cheated death and undergone a successful liver transplant in 2014.

 “I feel like I’m in the best years of my life right now,” he says.

“I feel better than I have in years physically. I have more energy.

“I have a whole different appreciation of being alive, of the world, of my family, of my career.

“I want life to be exciting and celebratory. I want to dig in. I want to grab life by the balls and not let go, y’know?”

Support at The Apex will come from roots/Americana singer-songwriter Elles Bailey, who is promoting her new album Shining In The Half Light.

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