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Robin Trower Energizes The Evening

Robin Trower

Guitar legend Robin Trower put on an awesome show in Sacramento Friday evening.

Robin Trower shared his breathtaking guitar work with a full house at Ace of Spades in Sacramento. Hailed as one of the finest guitarists in rock history, Trower’s career has spanned more than four decades.  He clearly enjoys the Fender Stratocaster, his guitar of choice, explaining “the Strat is a more expressive sound; it’s got a vocal quality to it — a human voice quality to it, which I love.”

Throughout his solo career Trower, who is from England, has been regarded as a virtual incarnation of Jimi Hendrix due to his remarkable ability to perform Jimi’s bluesy, psychedelic, Fender Strat playing style.

Trower released his solo debut, Twice Removed From Yesterday, in 1973. The album barely made a dent in the US charts, but that changed dramatically in 1974 with his next release Bridge of Sighs. The album skyrocketed into the US Top Ten, peaking at number seven, and selling a million and a half copies. It still sells 15,000 copies yearly worldwide.

Although Bridge of Sighs was to be Trower’s most popular solo release, he was very popular throughout the mid 70’s, as he became an arena headliner on the strength of hit albums including For Earth Below in 1975, Robin Trower Live and Long Misty Days – both in 1976, and In City Dreams in 1977.

Robin Trower with StratRobin Trower talked about his career in an article in Huffington Post:

“I think I wanted to be a guitar player because of Elvis, really. Scotty Moore was a huge influence on me. My Dad bought me a guitar for Christmas when I was about 14, I think. I seemed to have an understanding of how it worked…”

Somehow, in the midst of non-stop writing, recording, and touring Robin Trower managed to have a personal life. He married his wife Andrea in 1968 and they had three children together. 

Robin Trower’s most recent album, Something’s About To Change, is a solid blues-rock recording. It was released earlier this year, on March 9, the same day as his 70th birthday.

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Something's About to Change

 


 

Robin Trower – title track from Something’s About To Change

 

Robin Trower playing Daydream/Little Bit of Sympathy – Live Houston, 2017

 

 

 

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