Keeping The Blues Alive

Too Rolling Stoned

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Undoubtedly, there was an enormous amount of pivotal and incredible guitarists in the 1960’s and 70’s. Bands like the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and many more like them were changing the music game and made a lot of noise in the world (pun intended). Not to mention the insane guitar gods that were around during this time also. Powerhouses like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, and of course, the legend of all legends, Jimi Hendrix.

Many guitarists, especially Fender Stratocaster players were unfortunately, almost overshadowed and covered by Hendrix’s immense talent. Almost all guitarists are influenced by Hendrix, even today. It’s frankly almost impossible not to be, his musical capabilities were far-reaching and he was way beyond his time. As a result, many players in his era and a little beyond were grouped into a category of ‘Hendrix clones.’

Whether this is true or not, there are some players who do not get the recognition they deserve and basically go unnoticed, except by the true blues/rock guitar fans. One of these players, that happens to be one of my personal favorites, is Robin Trower. According to Joe Bonamassa, Trower is “criminally underrated” as a Strat master and created a unique sound on the guitar that still impresses fans and musicians alike. “He was clumped into the ‘Hendrix clones.’ He was influenced by Hendrix, we all are.”

After brief moments in various bands, Trower got recognition with the progressive rock band Procol Harum and was the lead guitarist on their first five albums. After leaving the band in 1971, Trower played with many other groups and musicians before embarking on what would become a highly successful solo career. Over the course of his career, he has released over twenty studio albums, for of which were certified Gold records.

At 72 years young, Robin Trower continues to pursue his passion by recording amazing music and touring around the world. In fact, he released a new album earlier in 2017 called Time And Emotion. The album features Trower’s iconic crunchy guitar tone that smacks you right in the face, but in a great way. This album is a fantastic blend of older 70’s blues/rock and contemporary jams.

I urge anyone who is unfamiliar with Robin Trower to listen to his albums and release this great talent from his shadowy corner!

Patrick Ortiz

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