Bluesman Walter Trout is in desperate need of your help. Waiting to receive a liver transplant, Walter’s medical bills are piling up. He has insurance, but it doesn’t cover the cost of the transplant. Anyone who has ever had to pay that twenty percent that the insurance doesn’t pick up, knows it can be a staggering amount as well.
Walter is probably best known for his time during the 1980s with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers. During that time Walter shared the stage with Coco Montoya as one half of the twin guitar attack. Check out this video with Walter, John and Coco playing “Stepping Out” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1cDGA2IgFg Encouraged by Mayall, he set out on his own and began his solo career. Walter also spent time in legendary blues band Canned Heat.
Originally from New Jersey, Walter resides in California. He has made his way through Chicago a number of times. Most recently Walter appeared at the Bottom Lounge last June. He has also played Chicago’s House of Blues.
Walter has released over twenty albums and played with many blues artist such as John Lee Hooker, Joe Tex, Percy Mayfield, Big Mama Thorton and Lowell Fulsom. His most recent album “Luther’s Blues” was released in 2013. It’s a tribute to Luther Allison. Walter and Luther only played together once. Just as they walked off stage, somebody pointed a camera and they hugged and smiled. That photo is on the cover of the CD. When Luther died in 1997, the idea was planted in Walter’s brain.
Even though Walter is too ill to hold a guitar, he is said to have an excellent chance of survival – but only if the surgery takes place in the next three months. He has been hospitalized for several weeks now. There was hope that medical treatment would reverse his condition, but that hasn’t worked out.
The medical expenses are going to be immense. Since he will not be able to tour, he will have very little income. Walter continued to tour until recently.
Walter’s wife Marie added: “Walter has lost a hundred pounds and most of his muscle tissue in the past year, and suffered much pain. It has been heart wrenching to watch him go through this. He has reached the point where he is too sick to stand up or even hold a guitar”.
If you’d like to help out Walter, click the following link – http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/walter-trout-needs-a-new-liv...