Walter Trout: From Canned Heat to Stardom - The Journey


Meet Walter Trout: Blues Guitar Virtuoso

Walter Trout is a luminary in the world of blues music: renowned for his electrifying guitar skills and soulful performances. Born  in New Jersey, Walter discovered his passion for music at a young age, inspired by legendary blues icons like B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker.

Early Years and Musical Journey

Trout’s journey into the world of music began when he picked up a guitar at the age of ten. His innate talent quickly became evident as he honed his craft, mastering various guitar techniques and delving deep into the blues. By the time he reached his teens, Walter was already performing in local bands, showcasing his raw talent and love for the blues.

Rise to Fame

In the late ’60s, Walter Trout moved to Los Angeles, where he became part of the thriving music scene. His big break came when he joined the iconic blues-rock band Canned Heat in the early ’80s, earning him widespread recognition for his exceptional guitar prowess. This experience set the stage for Trout’s solo career, launching him into the spotlight as a formidable force in the blues music landscape.

Life in the Jungle

Walter’s solo career skyrocketed with the release of his debut album, “Life in the Jungle,” in 1990, followed by a string of critically acclaimed albums. His distinctive blend of fiery guitar solos, heartfelt lyrics, and emotive vocals resonated with audiences worldwide, cementing his status as a blues guitar virtuoso.

Transcending Boundaries

Over the years, Walter’s discography boasts numerous chart-topping albums, including “Blues for the Modern Daze,” “Battle Scars,” and “We’re All in This Together.” His music transcends boundaries, captivating listeners with its raw authenticity and emotional depth.

Health Issues

Beyond his musical accomplishments, Walter Trout’s life took a profound turn when he battled and conquered life-threatening health issues, including a liver transplant. His resilience and unwavering determination inspired fans globally, and he emerged stronger than ever, continuing to deliver soul-stirring performances that resonate with audiences of all generations. 

“I had to teach myself to walk, talk and play the guitar again”  Walter Trout

Trout’s influence on the blues genre and the music industry as a whole is immeasurable. His electrifying live shows, coupled with his dedication to preserving the essence of blues music, have solidified his place as a living guitar legend.

Songs from the Heart - Ordinary Madness

Walter Trout’s musical journey is a testament to passion, perseverance, and the unwavering spirit of an artist dedicated to his craft. His contributions to the blues genre continue to inspire aspiring musicians and captivate audiences worldwide, ensuring that his legacy as a maestro of the blues guitar remains timeless. Whether he’s shredding on stage or crafting heartfelt melodies, Walter Trout’s impact on the world of music is indelible, and his soulful tunes will echo well into the future. 

Blues Giant

If there were Grandmasters in the world of music – Walter Trout would surely be among them.  34 years and 30 albums later, through well-documented sickness and health, 72 year old Walter Trout’a passion for music and connecting with other music lovers through his songs and incendiary live performances is both his lifeline and his inspiration.  Look out Australia because Walter will be here, performing with his son, Jon Trout on 2nd guitar, alongside a hand-picked group of other top musicians. I can’t wait! For more information about Walter Trout head here  and check out his latest album, “Ride”.

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  1. Brad Joplin

    Very proud of you My friend! You’re an inspiration to us all . Great memories of Perq’s

  2. Brad Joplin

    When are you gonna be in Grand Junction or somewhere near here ? Would love to see you again buddy!

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