Guitar Great Walter Trout in Town This Week
Walter Trout is one of the best guitarists ever. There, I said it. Yet for some reason here in the U.S., he’s not a household name like he is in Europe, despite being born in New Jersey and living in California.
Trout began his career back in the 1960’s playing as a sideman for John Lee Hooker, Percy Mayfield, and Joe Tex before joining Canned Heat and later John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. He struck out on his own in the late 80’s and has been thrilling audiences around the world for decades. This Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (August 13 & 14), Sioux Falls gets the rare opportunity to not only see Trout perform live, but to see him in a venue we affectionately refer to as our ‘listening room’ at Old Skoolz.
Old Skoolz is at 921 E. 8th Street in Sioux Falls (near 8th & Indiana) Capacity crowds are limited to about 70 people so think of being able to see these amazing performers in a room not much bigger than your living room with other fans of the blues!
Tuesday’s show is sold out, but some tickets remain for Wednesday night’s show at 8pm for $25. Trout is touring behind his latest release, “Luther’s Blues”, a tribute to old friend Luther Allison.
Recently, a BBC poll named Trout the sixth best guitarist EVER (backing up my claim!) The guys ahead of him you may have heard of: Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Gary Moore, Jimmy Page and Mark Knopfler. Trout tied for 6th with Queen’s Brian May and ahead of other guitar greats like Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, Joe Satriani, Frank Zappa, David Gilmour and Eddie Van Halen.
In a word, Walter Trout is a badass and not to be missed!