Walter Trout may be confined to a Nebraska rehabilitation facility recovering from a liver transplant in May. But that doesn't mean his music isn't on the road.
Trout's band, in fact, is out on an A Tribute to Walter Tour, fronted by his protege, British guitarist Danny Bryant, and Trout's 21-year-old son Jon Trout. But rest assured the man himself, who's working to "put some meat on my bones" and rebuild his severely atrophied muscles, is keeping tabs on how they're doing.
"I talk to them all the time," says Trout, 63, a New Jersey native who spent time with Canned Heat and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers before starting his own solo band in 1989. "My poor band, I had to cancel an entire year of work, and they depend on that paycheck. So this keeps my band working. It's win-win for them, for the audience -- and for me, too, 'cause it keeps my name out there, and the music."
Trout, in fact, has new music this year -- an album, "The Blues Came Callin'," that came out in June with guest appearances by Mayall and many autobiographical songs that chronicle the health struggles that led up to his transplant. Trout is also the subject of a career-spanning documentary that comes with deluxe editions of the album, as well as a new biography, "Rescued From Reality," that was published in July.
All of that, he says, gives him motivation to get healthy and back to work. "My goal is to be back on tour in 2015 and to be better than I ever was," says Trout, who's continuing to come up with song ideas but has not yet been able to resume playing guitar. "It makes me want to get back to where I was before this happened, but I can tell you I'll have an even newer and deeper appreciation for it."
Meanwhile, he's confident the music and the Trout name is in good hands with his son and Bryant.
"My son is an amazingly talented guy," Trout gushes. "In fact, my drummer called me the other night. He said, 'God, there's times that Jonathan is playing guitar and I close my eyes and I think it's you.' So it's great he gets to get out there and get seen by people, too."
A Tribute to Walter Trout featuring the Walter Trout Band with Danny Bryant and John Trout
8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9
Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills.
Tickets are 415 and $20
Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.
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