‘Heartland’ is the track from Water Trout’s record Ordinary Madness.
Walter Trout about what inspired him to write the track:
Heartland is a song about summoning the courage to follow your dreams. It’s the story of a young girl but she could be anyone who has come to a crossroads in their life. She realizes that to follow her dream to make more of her life, requires stepping out alone, into the vast unknown. It’s about taking the great gamble.
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Trout’s career began in New Jersey in the late 1960s. Then he decided to move to Los Angeles, where he became a sideman of artists such as Percy Mayfield and Deacon Jones. He also worked in the bands of John Lee Hooker and Joe Tex.
In 1981 Trout became the guitarist in the blues-rock band Canned Heat. After this, John Mayall invited him to play John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, where he shared the stage with guitarist Coco Montoya. Trout left Bluesbreakers in 1989 and founded the Walter Trout Band, which became popular in Europe.
In 1998, Trout released his debut CD in the United States, titled “Walter Trout,” and changed his band’s name to Walter Trout and the Free Radicals. Since then, Trout records and gives concerts in North America, Europe, and India.
In 2002 Trout performed the song “Road Runner” on Bo Diddley’s tribute album “Hey Bo Diddley – A Tribute!”, He also made many guest recordings for other musicians.