blues guitarist Walter Trout is in Kodiak for two shows at the Rendezvous Bar
and Grill Thursday and Friday nights. Trout, who has performed with Canned Heat
and John Mayall, among many other renowned groups and musicians, is making his
second visit to Kodiak.
KMXT's Erik Wander has more.
The last time
Trout performed for Kodiak audiences was five years ago. He the crowds as
responsive and enthusiastic and he expects the same this time around. 2009
marks the 20th anniversary of Trout performing as a solo artist. He said
fronting his own band is a completely different experience from performing with
others, such Canned Heat, of which he said his memories are a little foggy, or
-- (Trout 1 50
Heat I don't really ... years at this, you know?")
said he performs over 200 live shows a year in the U.S.
and Europe with a band that includes some
accomplished musicians in their own right. Formerly known as "The Radicals,"
the band recently changed its name. Trout said chemistry among band members and
good communication are the keys to a successful group.
-- (Trout 2 45 sec. "We're no longer the Radicals ... a
lot of chemistry together.")
Just this year,
the Blues Foundation added a new category of award, Rock-Blues album of the
year. Trout's latest album, "The Outsider," was nominated for the award. He
said its an eclectic mix of musical genres and influences.
-- (Trout 3 33 sec. "I think the Outsider ... what I
set out to do.")
stranger to accolades, Trout was named the 6th greatest guitar
player of all time by the BBC's Bob Harris show, which conducted a poll in
1993. Trout said he's flattered by such honors but tries not to take them too
-- (Trout 4 34 sec. "You have to keep all that ... focus
on your art.")
said he'll perform primarily songs from "The Outsider" but also older and even
unreleased material at the two Kodiak shows.
-- (Trout 5 16 sec. "The
majority of the show ... we just jam for a while.")
the two Kodiak performances, Trout will perform on Saturday night at Raven Hall
Tickets for the Rendezvous engagements will be available at the door and are
also available at KMXT. For more information, call us at 486-3181. I'm Erik