Trower knows where he’s going
Robin Trower’s new studio album ‘Where You Are Going To’ was released on May 6 by Manhaton in the UK, and V12 Records in the US.
Robin embarks on a 13-date UK tour beginning on September 30 at The Waterfront, Norwich. Special guest on all shows is Stevie Nimmo. Hailed as one of the finest guitarists in rock history, Robin Trower’s career spans more than four decades.
He spent the early 60s playing guitar in various London-based bands. Most successful was The Paramount who specialised in mostly covers, and released several singles from 1963 and 1965. The Rolling Stones were big fans.
In 1967, Trower received his big break when he joined Procol Harum, and he remained a member until 1972. After leaving Procol Harum, he embarked on his solo career, formed a power trio that transformed him into a celebrated guitar innovator.
His early albums share a tough, explosive guitar style, mixed with his trademark “soft psychedelia” that made him stand out from the rest of the crowd.
Throughout his solo career, Robin has been regarded as the “White” Hendrix due to his uncanny ability to channel Jimi’s bluesy, psychedelic, Fender Strat playing style.
Trower released his solo debut, Twice Removed From Yesterday, in 1973. The album barely left a dent in the US charts, but that changed with his next release, 1974’s Bridge of Sighs. The album skyrocketed into the US Top 10, peaking at No.7, selling 1.5 million copies.
It still sells 15,000 copies yearly worldwide.
According to Robin, his latest album is a continuation from his last album Something’s About to Change.
He said:”I’ve only stopped recording songs to go on tour. I like to play the guitar for two or three hours a day, and that invariably leads to a new song idea every few days. The album ranges from rock to funky soul with some epic blues grooves.
Album opener When Will The Next Blow Fall is a bit of a rocker inspired by the events in Europe, and how uncertain people’s futures are. The title track Where You Are Going To is me reflecting on my life and career and how we have no idea how our lives might unfold.
“In terms of influences on this album, I felt I was channelling a combination of James Brown and John Lee Hooker on the funky The Fruits of Your Desire and the album closer Delusion Sweet Delusion. I’m really looking forward to playing those two live on tour!
“The new album features two very emotional tracks, We Will Be Together Someday and I’m Holding On To You – both dedicated to the memory of my late wife.”