Walter Trout at the Riverwalk Blues Festival, 2007
March 6, 1951 |
Ocean City, New Jersey, United States
|Genres||Blues, blues rock|
|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. He 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
Walter Trout and the Free Radicals
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers featuring Walter Trout
Walter Trout and the Radicals