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Walter Trout w/ Brandon Miller Band at Chrome
July 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm$25
Special Wednesday Blues Matinee at Chrome with Walter Trout and special opening act, The Brandon Miller Band! Tix Only $20 in advance on Eventbrite available soon!
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Walter Trout ‘ALIVE in Amsterdam’
With songs pulled from every era of his five-decade career, the ‘ALIVE in Amsterdam’ set is potent stuff indeed, from the stinging Luther Allison cover “I’m Back,” to the plaintive B.B. King tribute “Say Goodbye To The Blues,” which builds from neck-tingling guitar swells to a stunning virtuoso climax. ‘Battle Scars’ is well-represented by the harmony-bolstered rocker “Almost Gone” and the raucous “Tomorrow Seems So Far Away,” while Trout is joined by his son Jon for “Rock Me Baby,” and even finds time for a fistful of fan favorites, including “The Love That We Once Knew” and “Marie’s Mood.” “You can hear that a guy yells out for ‘Marie’s Mood,’” he laughs. “I actually hadn’t planned on doing that one…”
But Trout has made a career-long habit of throwing us curveballs. A native of New Jersey, his practical schooling began in earnest when he arrived in Los Angeles in 1974, and promptly earned his reputation as an A-list sideman, backing John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Finis Tasby, Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulsom, Percy Mayfield and Joe Tex. In 1981, he joined the remaining original members of the legendary Canned Heat, but the real turning-point was his five-year tenure with British blues giant John Mayall, who invited Trout to become the latest in the Bluesbreakers’ lineage of guitar greats (including Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor).
Trout founded his own solo band in 1989 and cut his debut album ‘Life In The Jungle’ that same year, rapidly becoming a chart-topping star in Europe. His first stateside release, 1998’s critically heralded ‘Walter Trout,’ made him a fixture of the US blues-rock scene. Released in 2015, ‘Battle Scars’ is his 18th album on the Netherlands-based Provogue label, and his 42nd overall, including pre-solo recordings with Canned Heat and the Bluesbreakers.
Over the decades, Trout has accumulated numerous honors. He is a three-time winner of the Overseas Artist Of The Year title at the British Blues Awards, and a three-time Blues Music Awards nominee. In 2015, he won the Sena European Guitar Award, an honor he shares with acclaimed past winners like Brian May, Steve Lukather and Slash. Trout’s six-string prowess also earned him the #6 slot in BBC Radio 1’s Top 20 Guitarist listeners’ poll.
Now, in 2016, ‘ALIVE in Amsterdam’ marks the latest twist in this fascinating bluesman’s tale, and the chapter that we all prayed would come to pass. Urgent, impassioned and electrifying, it’s a live album to treasure, and the perfect appetite-whetter as Trout heads out on tour this year, stopping off at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals in the US and Europe.
Walter shows you magic in the studio, of course. But it’s on the stage where he truly comes alive. “I get into the energy and the moment and the excitement of it all,” he says. “I think I’m a very different guitarist live…”
Special opening act, The Brandon Miller Band:
Music has always been a part of Brandon Miller’s life. From an early age, his dad would let him explore his record collection of Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Aerosmith and other classic rock legends. Miller spent countless days and nights trying to recreate the sounds of his musical heroes. After sculpting his sound for years, he formed the Brandon Miller Band, a powerful, guitar-driven blues-rock trio. Having released two, full-length albums and sharing the stage with artists like Jonny Lang, Foghat, Night Ranger and Eddie Money; Brandon Miller brings a fiery passion to the guitar that is unlike any other.
Born April 8th, 1990, Brandon grew up listening to classic rock from the 60s and 70s because of his parents love for music. Listening to the rock n roll stories of disc jockeys from a famous Kansas City radio station just stirred the fire of his love for music even more. When he first began elementary school, his older brother had begun playing guitar. Brandon would sneak into his brothers room to grab his guitar just to play around with it. Driving his brother mad because of his always wanting to play, Brandon received his first guitar for Christmas when he was seven.
His love for music quickly turned to dedication and devotion after he started attending concerts at a very young age. Seeing idols such as Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, KISS, Rush, Fleetwood Mac, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, he wanted to take it to the next level of playing. He was learning very quickly and could start playing songs he was listening to. However, when he was around the age of 11, his frustration began to show. He couldn’t recreate the solos and difficult guitar work which made him sit his guitar down and didn’t want to touch it. He didn’t play as much as what he used to and the music bug hadn’t completely bit him yet.
Shortly after he turned thirteen in seventh grade, the music bug bit him deeply and over the summer his talent exploded. He would sit and practice for hours upon hours. Some days he would practice up to ten hours, and soon he was recreating what before he couldn’t. He began going to blues jam sessions around Kansas City where he began to gain popularity with his audiences in large part due to his young age and immense talent. Quickly he realized that his age always presented some problems when clubs and bars would not let him into play until they witnessed his precocious ability first hand. At these jams, he met some of the most influential musicians in his career. With these musicians, he discovered his true love blues. He could be found during his middle school years not listening to what was popular at school dances or on the pop radio stations, but listening to legendary blues artists such as Robert Johnson, Albert King, Freddie King, Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and many more. One artist stuck out the most, Stevie Ray Vaughan. Listening to how he put all of his emotions into his playing inspired Brandon to do the same to spread the blues and bring it back to Kansas City.
Over the next few years, audiences would come from throughout the Kansas City area to see this young guitar-slinger play the blues. He became a part of several different local cover bands around the city. The ReHabaneros play some tunes by his biggest influences consisting Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and The Allman Brothers. His other side projects, Stairway to Zeppelin and Almost KISS tribute bands, give him an opportunity to focus on the stage show and appreciate what makes an all-around great show. His first band, Static 210, was members from his high school class who reached high success through their original music around Kansas City. Soon enough he was playing every weekend and spreading his music in general and his blues in particular to many. After achieving major popularity, he experienced the unique opportunity to perform at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater prior to such acts as Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, and Journey as well as to share the stage with Eddie Money at the Uptown Theater, and open for other national touring acts Jonny Lang, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Leann Womack and Jo Dee Mesina.
Brandon currently performs with his own band, Brandon Miller Band, as well as a new venture with Danielle Schnebelen of Trampled Under Foot, Danielle Nicole Band.