Featuring guitarist Danny Bryant with special guest Jon Trout (Walter’s son), kick off their much-anticipated UK/Canadian, 2-month tour
(Auburn Hills, MI) – One of this Summer’s most anticipated Blues tours, “A Tribute To Walter” featuring the Walter Trout Band fronted by U.K. guitar ace (and Trout protege’) Danny Bryant, along with special guest Jon Trout (Walter’s son) on guitar, arrives in Auburn Hills to perform locally at Callahan’s Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills, Saturday, August 9. 9 p.m. $15, $20. Info: (248) 858-9508 or http://atcallahans.com/ .
Walter Trout will not be performing during this tour as he recuperates from a recent liver transplant. During the tour, there will be cards at the merchandise booth with the background story of Trout’s transplant along with links to donor registration sites, with the main one being Donate Life America – http://donatelife.net/. There’s also a Facebook page where musician’s stories of transplants and other relevant material will be shared: https://www.facebook.com/becomeanorgandonortoday. Danny Bryant will speak about the cause each night, as it is the reason that Walter Trout is still among the living: That someone volunteered to be an organ donor!
Walter Trout and Danny Bryant: A Special Relationship
Danny Bryant’s special relationship with Walter is well-documented. When then-fifteen-year-old Danny Bryant sent a fan letter to Trout almost twenty years ago after discovering Walter’s music in his parents record collection, he surprisingly received a phone call one evening out of the blue from his idol. Thus began a special mentor-ship and unique bond that would change the course of Danny’s life forever. Trout has mentored Danny ever since, offering wisdom and advice freely. From the early days of afternoon guitar lessons during Walter’s relentless UK tours, to numerous support slots, recording sessions and sensational jams at major international festivals, the Walter Trout-Danny Bryant relationship is truly special. Bryant was recently described as “a national blues treasure” by Classic Rock ‘The Blues’ Magazine. A free download of Bryant’s music is available at: http://www.dannybryant.com/free-download/.
Danny Bryant: “A national blues treasure” (Classic Rock “The Blues” Magazine).
Danny Bryant will be fronting Walter’s powerhouse rhythm section. Sammy Avila (keyboards) has been with Walter since 2001. Born and raised in San Gabriel, California, into a musical family, Avila cut his teeth on the L.A. club circuit playing with a vast array of musical acts. Michael Leasure (drums), born in Alhambra, California, played with guitar phenom Philip Sayce for six years and the legendary Edgar Winter before joining the Walter Trout band in 2008. Rick Knapp (bass) has played with such legends as Carey Bell, Sam Lay, & Bo Diddley before joining the Walter Trout Band in 2005. Together they form one of the greatest blues/rock outfits anywhere in the world.
For Jon Trout, it seems very natural to be following in his father’s musical footsteps on guitar. In much the same way that his father once mentored Danny Bryant, Jon Trout is now receiving the same guidance and tutelage from Bryant.
Walter Trout has just released The Blues Came Callin’ (limited edition, CD/DVD). Walter’s biography, Rescued From Reality, is due out July 8. It will feature pages of previously unreleased photos from Trout’s childhood as well as Trout’s years with Canned Heat and John Mayall, as well as many from his storied solo career. The next Collectible Vinyl Series release of Walter’s recordings, Positively Beale Street, drops July 7.
A Tribute To Walter Trout
Featuring the Walter Trout Band with Danny Bryant & Jon Trout
July 31 (Thur.) SAINTE ROCKE Hermosa Beach, CA
Aug. 1 (Fri.) THE COACH HOUSE San Juan Capistrano, CA
Aug. 2 (Sat.) RHYTHM ROOM Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 5 (Tues.) FAT FISH PUB Galesburg, IL
Aug. 6 (Wed.) BLUES ON THE MALL Grand Rapids, MI
Aug. 8 (Fri.) VIOLET’S VENUE Barrie, ON, Canada
Aug. 9 (Sat.) CALLAHAN’S Auburn Hills, MI
Aug. 10 (Sun.) MIDWAY TAVERN Mishwaka, IN
Aug. 11 (Mon.) LEGENDS Cincinnati, OH
Aug. 13 (Wed.) CANAL HOUSE PUB Tuscarawas, OH
Aug. 14 (Thur.) BEACHLAND BALLROOM Cleveland, OH
Aug. 15 (Fri.) MOONDOG’S Blawnox, PA
Aug. 16 (Sat.) BUILDING 24 Wyomissing, PA
Aug. 17 (Sun.) JB MCGINNIS PUB New Castle, DE
Aug. 18 (Mon.) THE STUDIO@WEBSTER HALL* New York, NY
Aug. 19 (Tues.) MEXICALI BLUES Teaneck, NJ
Aug. 20 (Wed.) THRESHOLD EVENT CTR. Lancaster, PA
Aug. 21 (Thur.) CHAN’S Woonsocket, RI
Aug. 22 (Fri.) BOULTON CENTER Bay Shore, NY
Aug. 23 (Sat.) BRIAN’S BACKYARD BBQ Middleton, NY
Aug. 26 (Tues.) EMMETT’S Appleton, WI
Aug. 27 (Wed.) EMMETT’S Appleton, WI
Aug. 28 (Thur.) SHANK HALL Milwaukee, WI
Aug. 29 (Fri.) HOUSE OF BLUES Chicago, IL
Aug. 30 (Sat.) FAMOUS DAVE’S Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 31 (Sun.) PLAYING WITH FIRE Omaha, NE
* With Special Guests, Popa Chubby and Dana Fuchs