Walter Trout at the Riverwalk Blues Festival, 2007
March 6, 1951|
Ocean City, New Jersey, United States
|Genres||Blues, blues rock|
|Associated acts||John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Canned Heat, Percy Mayfield|
Trout's career began on the Jersey coast scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s. He then decided to relocate to Los Angeles where he became a sideman for Percy Mayfield and Deacon Jones. He also worked in the bands of John Lee Hooker and Joe Tex.
In 1981 he became the guitarist for Canned Heat. This led to an invitation to play in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers where he shared the stage with fellow guitarist Coco Montoya. Trout recalled in a 2018 interview with Blues Radio International that while playing with John Mayall, he was rescued from a complete descent into alcohol and substance abuse by a post-gig encounter with Carlos Santana. Trout left the Bluesbreakers in 1989 and formed the 'Walter Trout Band' which developed a successful following in Europe, especially Scandinavia where he was managed by Thomas Helweg. The Walter Trout Band made its UK debut in Blackpool after being brought to the UK by the late Mick Schofield in 1990. Walter also made an appearance at the Redcar Blues Festival the same year and was also interviewed by Bob Harris before returning to the US for his wedding.
In 1994 the official Walter Trout Fan Club for the Netherlands and Belgium was founded, followed in 1996 by the official International Fan Club which has members in 14 countries in Europe, America, Asia and Australia. In 2006 the official International Fan club celebrated its tenth anniversary by giving fan club members an exclusive live CD recorded in Las Vegas, Nevada, which was the last performance of the late bassist, Jimmy Trapp, who died in 2005.
In 1998 Trout released his self-titled US debut album and renamed his band 'Walter Trout and the Free Radicals' (later renamed 'Walter Trout and the Radicals' and currently simply 'Walter Trout'). Since that time Trout has been recording and touring in North America, Europe and India.
In June 2013, while touring Germany, Trout got the first signs that he was suffering from cirrhosis of the liver. With his health deteriorating, he continued to tour until told he needed a liver transplant within 90 days. Supported by donations from fans, his wife raised the money needed for the operation. In 2015 Trout had recovered and was able to go on Tour in Europe.
His 2015 album, Battle Scars, chronicles his battle with liver failure.
In November 2015, Trout became a patron of The British Liver Trust so that he can help raise awareness and much needed funding. “I’m only still here because someone donated their liver” he said.
Walter Trout Band
- 1990 Life in the Jungle (re-released in US in 2002)
- 1990 Prisoner of a Dream
- 1992 Transition
- 1992 No More Fish Jokes (live album)
- 1994 Tellin' Stories
- 1995 Breaking The Rules
- 1996 Jimi Hendrix Music Festival (Janblues)
- 1997 Positively Beale St.
Walter Trout and the Free Radicals
- 1998 Walter Trout (same tracks as Positively Beale St.)
- 1999 Livin' Every Day
- 2000 Face The Music (Live on Tour)
- 2000 Live Trout
- 2001 Go The Distance
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers featuring Walter Trout
- 1985 Behind the Iron Curtain (live in Hungary), reissue:
- 2004 Steppin' Out
- 1987 Chicago Line, reissues:
- 1994 Uncle John's Nickel Guitar
- 1999 Blues Power (with bonus CD Life in the Jungle: Charly Blues Masterworks Vol. 4)
- 2000 Blues Breaker (with 2 bonus tracks)
- 1988 The Power of the Blues (live in Germany 1987), reissues:
- 1993 New Bluesbreakers: The Blues Collection Vol. 8
- 2003 Blues Forever (with bonus CD Life in the Jungle: Charly Blues Masterworks Vol. 4)
- 1993 Life in the Jungle: Charly Blues Masterworks Vol. 4
- 2005 Rolling with the Blues (live 1972–1973, 1980 and 1982), reissue:
- 2006 The Private Collection
Walter Trout and the Radicals
- 2001 Go The Distance
- 2003 Relentless
- 2005 Deep Trout: The Early Years of Walter Trout
- 2006 Full Circle (featuring guest artists)
- 2007 Hardcore (self released recording of the 'Power Trio' playing live in Europe)
- 2008 The Outsider
- 2009 Unspoiled By Progress: 20 Years of Hardcore Blues (previously unreleased tracks and three new songs)
- 2010 Common Ground
- 2012 Blues For The Modern Daze – Produced Engineered & Mixed By – Eric Corne, Mastered by Maor Appelbaum
- 2013 Luther's Blues
- 2014 The Blues Came Callin – production by Walt and Eric Corne.
- 2015 Battle Scars
- 2016 Alive In Amsterdam
- 2017 We're All In This Together
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