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Urgent News: Walter Trout needs our help!

Blues great Walter Trout needs our help!
Blues great Walter Trout needs our help!

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Los Angeles, CA --- Last year, Walter Trout was struck with a
life-threatening liver disease, and as a result lost 100lbs. Marie Trout
shares, "*For five years, Walter, Provogue Records, and I have worked
towards making Walter's 25th year as a solo artist a special celebratory
event. But the festivities will have to wait. Walter is urgently in need
of a liver transplant. It has been heart-breaking for me to watch Walter
struggle through these past many months, as we tried various treatment
options provided by Walter's doctors and liver specialists. One by one the
treatments failed. Yet through it all, Walter's courage and determination
continually amazed me. Even as he has become a shadow of his former self,
after losing 100 pounds and much of his strength, he continued touring,
writing, playing, singing and recording. Music and playing for people
offered Walter what it always has: It is therapy and a life-line for him
when the Blues comes callin'. Thus the theme of this album is colored by
his confrontation with mortality combined with a deep, all-abiding desire
to persevere, and a good dose of typical Walter'esque life-affirming
defiance!*" Provogue and Mascot Label Group's Ed van Zijl offers, "*When
Walter re-joined Provogue in 2008 we talked about a plan leading up to the
25th Anniversary of his career as a solo artist which is this year, 2014.
besides a brand new album we also made a book and a documentary. Not only
to make people aware of the 25th anniversary, but also to have people
realize just how good and how important an artist Walter is for the blues
rock genre Worldwide. A phenomenal guitar player and an even greater
person. Always speaking from the heart and always in for a good joke. The
touring set up for 2014 was fantastic with shows at the prestigious North
Sea Jazz Festival and the Carre Theater in Amsterdam amongst many other
great ones. Instead of being out there on the road giving his usual all to
his many fans night after night, Walter is fighting for his life and there
is nothing to celebrate at the moment. This is so very, very sad and we
are all praying for Walter to come out on top. The album will be released as planned, and Walter definitely wants this one to be heard. In the
meantime our hearts are with Walter and his family*."

Provogue / Mascot Label Group will release Walter Trout's *THE BLUES CAME
CALLIN'* on June 10 in North America, as Walter Trout looks back at an
almost 50-year commitment to playing and singing the blues. The album was
recorded throughout 2013. The songs reflect Walter's thoughts about
mortality and his renewed appreciation for being alive. An EPK can be
screened here (with an embedded link provided below):
As he became physically weaker, he fought to continue touring, and found
that playing for people was powerful medicine. Like the title of the new
studio album, the Blues definitely came callin' for Walter. It kept him
fighting, and in the process, it made him more determined than ever.
Walter is currently awaiting a liver transplant at UCLA Medical Center in
Los Angeles. A fund raising initiative began last week to support Walter
and his family which can be viewed here:

Trout offers, "To play my music for people has become even more important
to me. When I think about looking out into the crowds of people and
connecting with everyone on a soul level, and sharing the experience of
music with them, this is what keeps me fighting to get back: My family and
my music is my lifeline. These days, it means more to me than ever before."

Recorded throughout 2013, *THE BLUES CAME CALLIN'* features twelve new
songs, ten of which are originals. One is written by John Mayall for the
occasion, and the other is a J.B. Lenoir cover. Trout searches his soul on
this album and lays it bare allowing the celebration of his career to be
infused with new appreciation for life. The upcoming official biography is
co-written with British music journalist, Henry Yates. The manuscript will
be released simultaneously with the new album. Titled *Rescued From Reality
- The Life and Times of Walter Trout*, the book features previously untold
stories, and is packed with rare photographs from the musician's personal
archive. The book documents an initially blissful childhood, shattered by
divorce, abuse, and violence. As the story unfolds, it leads us through
Walter's life of heartache, poverty, living on the street and being "the
only white guy" struggling in famous blues bands in LA in the late 1970's.
Walter reflects on his time in the 1980's when nobody cared to hear the
blues, to being "discovered" and having long-time gigs as a hard-playing
and hard-drinking and drugging globetrotting sideman with Canned Heat and
John Mayall. The book chronicles how Walter eventually became drug-free,
broke out on his own and embarked on a solo career in 1989.

Currently in production and scheduled to be shown in the summer, the
exclusive documentary features Walter talking in depth about his life and
music. Also featured in the documentary are many of the people who
influenced Trout personally and professionally.

Walter Trout Needs a New Liver - You Can Help!

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