Robin Trower

p047-wRobin Trower Live at the Paramount

Review and photos by Momma Dukes

Born March 9th, 1945 in London England, Robin got his first guitar when he was about 14, for a Christmas present, and went from there. His story started in the mid sixties when he began his recording career in the Southend rhythm and blues band the ‘Paramounts’.

He has been heralded as one of the most influential Guitar players to come out of the British Blues Rock scene. Even though he has been quoted to say, “I wouldn’t count myself as being a true blues guitarist because I feel you have to live it.”

Though other names may come to mind, none have the “signature sound and style” of the man who was tagged by the press with the nickname of “The White Hendrix” back in the 70’s, and Robin himself has said,  “I’ve always been the first to admit that Jimi was a very big influence on my early stuff.”

The first time Trower truly surfaced on rock’n’roll’s radar was in 1967, with Procol Harum – house band of the Summer of Love. Though not on their mega-hit ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’, he completed five albums and many tours with them before breaking away for a solo career in 1971. His discography is massive with over 30 albums including his most recent “Roots and Branches” released in 2013. You can read more on Robin Trowers amazing music contributions by visiting his website: http://www.robintrower.com

Robin played at the Paramount NY, which is part of his six week USA tour…celebrating the 40th anniversary of “Bridges of Sighs”. The power trio line up at the Paramount show featured Robin’s favorites; Richard Watts on Bass and vocals, and Chris Taggart on drums. This is the first tour that spotlighted songs from “Roots and Branches” together with many of his fans favorites.

This particular show had a few “human interest” type stories… one in particular was this lovely couple seated in the first row.  Nancy and her husband John of 54 years have been following Robin since they were newlyweds! What a great way to celebrate their love!

My first experience hearing Robin Trower was on the album “BLT” which was also his first album with Cream bassist, Jack Bruce., who sadly passed away the day after this show at the Paramount. Robin is quoted to say on Jack’s passing, “It has always been a great source of pride to me to have made music with Jack (one of the few musicians that can be truly called a force of nature). Jack and I were proud of that music. He will be greatly missed”.

To see Robin perform at the ripe young age of 69 should be an inspiration to any musician. Robin himself had been quoted to say, “I feel I’ve been blessed with a gift of creativity and composition. That’s why I’ve been able to keep going.” Well thank you Robin Trower for blessing me and your fans with your gift.

Visit his website for ticket information on the rest of his US Tour www.trowerpower.com/tours.asp

Tue 04 Nov 2014   Carolina Theatre Durham  Durham, NC

Wed 05 Nov 2014   The Fillmore  Charlotte, NC

Thu 06 Nov 2014   Variety Playhouse  Atlanta, GA

Fri 07 Nov 2014   Bijou Theatre  Knoxville, TN

Sat 08 Nov 2014   Track 29  Chattanooga, TN

Wed 12 Nov 2014   Jannus Live  St Petersburg, FL

Thu 13 Nov 2014   Plaza Theater  Orlando, FL

Fri 14 Nov 2014   Parker Playhouse Fort Lauderdale, FL

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