Legendary British blues-rock guitarist, Robin Trower, comes to Des Moines for one night only at Hoyt Sherman Place on Tuesday, September 22!
Considered by many as an icon in the guitar world right up there with Clapton, Hendrix, Page, and Beck, Trower is known for his inspirational style of soloing, coaxing sounds from his Strat that seem to emanate from beyond this world.
After five albums with the psychedelic rock band Procol Harum, Trower’s solo career exploded in 1974 with Bridge of Sighs; the gold-selling masterpiece whose highlights like “Day of the Eagle” and “Too Rolling Stoned” paired his soul-drenched fretwork with the emotive vocals of the late James Dewar.
Robin Trower’s latest studio album is 2019’s Coming Closer To The Day. It’s rare to find a ’60s legend still on trailblazing form in their eight decade. But while Trower’s peers recycle the old hits or retreat from view, the 75-year-old guitarist finds himself in a golden late-bloom of creativity. In recent years, his solo output has been championed by both press and public, with the impact of 2014’s Something’s About To Change, 2016’s Where You Are Going To and 2017’s Time & Emotion.
Acting on artistic instincts – rather than bowing to market forces – might not be a fashionable or profitable approach in the modern music industry. It’s a philosophy that is driving Trower’s late career to new creative heights, as the bluesman tightens his grip on the long-term fans who fell for his classic ’60s work, while reeling in younger music-lovers who crave something honest and unvarnished in the age of artifice. “I think that I’m drawing much more from my roots now,” he considers, “rather than shying away from them. I’m not worried about what the music is – or what people might think of it. I’m just doing this out of the sheer joy of doing it. My passion for guitar now is stronger than ever. It’s still a great thrill, just to play…”