Thursday, July 07, 2016

Walter Trout North American Dates In Support of ALIVE In Amsterdam

Walter Trout was amazing when I caught him at the Doheny Blues Festival in May 2016 (read my review here) showcased the singer-songwriter-guitar hero is better than ever. Here is a media release that just landed in my inbox and is worth sharing...

Robert Kinsler

Walter Trout announces North American tour dates in support of 
Provogue / Mascot Label Group live release ALIVE IN AMSTERDAM

Album Celebrates Trout's Resurgence Following The Guitarist and Blues Singer-Songwriter's
Hard-Won, Life-Or-Death Struggle Waiting For, And Receiving, A Life-Saving Transplant

New York, NY --- Walter Trout hits the highways of the U.S. and Canada this August for appearances to support his recently released live album ALIVE In Amsterdam.  The tour begins on August 13, 2016 at the Cincinnati Blues Festival, and will wrap on the 30th in Denver, CO at the Oriental Theater.  Following a return to Europe, Trout will be back in the U.S for appearances in December.  Provogue / Mascot Label Group has shared a gratis download of "Say Goodbye To The Blues" with fans globally, which  is available here:  The Alive In Amsterdam album trailer can be screened here:

ALIVE in Amsterdam celebrates Trout's rebirth following a successful transplant in May 2014.  His prior release, 2015's Battle Scars channeled his near-death experience into raw autobiographical songs.  The live album captures Trout's performance November 28th, 2015 at Amsterdam's opulent Royal Theatre CarrĂ©.  Trout shares, "We were rocking.  If people are expecting a laid-back show, that's not what they'll get. This is potent stuff.  That whole tour was kinda triumphant for me.  Just to be back, after what I went through. But also to be playing with a renewed energy and commitment."

With songs pulled from every era of his five-decade career, the ALIVE In Amsterdam set presents the Luther Allison cover "I'm Back," to the plaintive B.B. King tribute "Say Goodbye To The Blues," which builds from neck-tingling guitar swells to a stunning virtuoso climax. Battle Scars  is well-represented by the harmony-bolstered rocker "Almost Gone" and the raucous "Tomorrow Seems So Far Away," while Trout is joined by his son Jon for "Rock Me Baby," and even finds time for a fistful of fan favorites, including "The Love That We Once Knew" and "Marie's Mood." Trout recalls, "You can hear that a guy yells out for 'Marie's Mood.'  I actually hadn't planned on doing that one..."

Confirmed appearances include:
8/13     Cincinnati, OH                                                Cincinnati Blues Festival
814      Cleveland, OH                                                Beachland Ballroom
8/16     New York, NY                                               City Winery
8/18     Barrie, Ontario                                                Violet's
8/19     Barrie, Ontario                                                Violet's
8/20     Niagara Falls, NY                                           Seneca Casino
8/21     Syracuse, NY                                                  Funk 'n' Waffles
8/24     Bloomington, IL                                             Castle Theatre
8/25     Davenport, IA                                     Redstone Room
8/26     Paola, KS                                                        Paola Roots Fest
8/27     Omaha, NE                                                     Playing With Fire Concert Series
8/28     Des Moines, IA                                               Lefty's Live Music
8/30     Denver, CO                                                     Oriental Theater
12/03   San Pedro, CA                                                Warner Grand Theater

Mascot Label Group is a 100% independently owned and operated record company that is a market leader in the worlds of Rock, Metal and Blues. Originally founded in 1989 in The Netherlands, MLG now operates company offices in New York City, London, Cologne, Paris, Milan, Stockholm, alongside the corporate headquarters in Rotterdam. The Mascot Label Group consists of individual imprints that include Mascot Records, Provogue Records, Music Theories Recordings and Cool Green Recordings. MLG is a label member of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM).

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