Blues rock royalty, Walter Trout will be back in the UK next week for a headline tour beginning 12 January in Gateshead on 12 January and then calling Edinburgh, Holmfirth, Skegness, Buxton, Bury St Edmunds, London, Brighton, Frome and finishes in Minehead on 22 January. Tickets are available from here.
 
Walter Trout is the beating heart of the modern blues rock scene. Respected by the old guard. Revered by the young guns. Adored by the fans who shake his hand after the show each night, and after five decades in the game, Trout remains a talismanic figure. The New Jersey maestro spent time in John Mayall’s Blues Breakers and Canned Heat before embarking on a prolific solo career and  his most recent releases have seen him at his most creative and powerful yet, from ‘The Blues Came Callin’ (2014) and ‘Battle Scars’ (2015) to ‘We’re All In This Together’ (2017), ‘Survivor Blues’ (2019) and ‘Ordinary Madness (2020).

For Walter Trout, there is no ‘us’ and ‘them.’ Across his five-decade career, the great US bluesman’s music has always been a lifeline and call-to-arms, reminding listeners they are not alone. In 2020, as the world took solace from a tragedy that touched us all, he came armed with a boundary-exploring new studio album and eleven searingly honest songs that bring his fans even closer. “There’s a lot of extraordinary madness going on,” considers Trout, of the COVID-19 crisis. “This album started because I was dealing with the flaws and weakness inside me. But it ended up being about everyone.”
 
Ordinary Madness was completed mere days before the US shutdown, its cathartic songcraft and themes of shared troubles couldn’t chime better with a period in which our souls and spirits are under fire from tumultuous global events.
 
He reflects, “sometimes you have to see through the darkness to find the light. I can’t wait get back out there again, meet the people at shows. I’m really looking forward to playing these songs live. Because I think this album speaks to these times…”

12 Jan – The Sage, GATESHEAD
13 Jan – Edinburgh Blues Club, EDINBURGH
14 Jan – Picturedrome, HOLMFIRTH
15 Jan – The Great British Rock & Blues Festival SKEGNESS
16 Jan – Opera House, BUXTON
18 Jan – The Apex Arts Centre, BURY ST EDMONDS
19 Jan – Islington Assembly Hall, LONDON 
20 Jan – Concorde 2, BRIGHTON
21 Jan – Cheese & Grain, FROME
22 Jan – Giants of Rock Festival, MINEHEAD