Walter Trout

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Walter Trout
Walter Trout at the Riverwalk Blues Festival, 2007
Background information
Born (1951-03-06) March 6, 1951 (age 64)
Ocean City, New Jersey, United States
Genres Blues, blues rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Years active 1969–present
Labels Ruf/Platinum/Provogue
Associated acts John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Canned Heat, Percy Mayfield
Notable instruments
Fender Stratocaster

Walter Trout (born March 6, 1951, Ocean City, New Jersey, United States[1]) is an American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter.


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.[1]

In 1981 he became the guitarist for Canned Heat.[1] 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 2002, he was featured on the Bo Diddley tribute album, Hey Bo Diddley - A Tribute!, performing the song "Road Runner" and many more guest appearances on other recordings.

In 2013, his album, Luther's Blues, was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Rock Blues Album of the Year' category.[2]

In March 2014 while recording The Blues Came Callin it was officially announced that Walter Trout was suffering from a severe liver disease, Hepatitis C. At hospital he were told his survival depended on a transplantation. Supported by donations from fans his wife raised the money needed for a new liver.[3] In 2015 Trout had recovered and was able to go on Tour in Europe.


Walter Trout in concert at Skanderborg Festival 2007, Denmark

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

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)

Walter Trout

  • 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


  1. ^ a b c "Biography by Jason Ankeny". Retrieved December 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ "2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  3. ^ [1]

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