Walter Trout (b. 1951, guitarist and composer). Trout’s career began in New Jersey in the late 1960s, then decided to move to Los Angeles, where he became a sideman artist such as Percy Mayfield and Deacon Jones.
He also worked in the bands of John Lee Hooker and Joe Tex. In 1981, Trout was the guitarist in the blues-rock band Canned Heat.
He was invited to play in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, which shared the stage with guitarist Coco Montoya. Together they created an unusual guitar duo. Trout left the Bluesbreakers in 1989, and founded the Walter Trout Band and then Walter Trout & The Radicals, who became popular in Europe.
In 1989 he decided to work on their own account. Since then he has been recording and releasing albums, which immediately become box office hits, and then another long is sought after by fans of the classics. In the BBC poll for the best guitarist of all time he took 6th place, just behind Jimi Page, and very close to the same icons as Jimi Hendrix.
The Los Angeles Times wrote about him “gladiator guitar” because he actually boasts a simply stunning technique, and giving more than 200 performances a year on the stage is in his element.