The 1960s produced a lot of great guitarists including George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and, of course, Jimi Hendrix. There is one more name you should add to that list and that name is Robin Trower.
That name should sound familiar to classic rock fans. Robin Trower was the lead guitarist for the band Procol Harum (“A Whiter Shade of Pale”).
When Did Robin Trower Go Solo?
Trower went solo in 1973 and his first five albums were certified Gold by the RIAA. Critics generally label his 1974 album, Bridge of Sighs, as his best work.
He released his 20th solo album, Something's About To Change, in 2015. The album was produced by Livingstone Brown. An interesting note, Something’s About To Change is the first time Trower has ever plucked a bass on a record.
Does Robin Trower Perform Alone?
Throughout most of his career Robin Trower has performed as part of a power trio or as part of your typical rock band lineup. Trower’s first four albums, however were recorded with a trio.
During his 2016 U.S. Tour, Trower brought along singer and bassist Richard Watts and drummer Chris Taggart. Trower’s bassist usually sings.
By the way, Trower doesn’t croon. Instead, he speaks with his guitar and he says volumes with his riffs, licks, and solos.
Even though he was born in 1945, Trower can still melt faces in concert. A few pundits who have seen several Robin Trower concerts over the years say he’s better than ever.
What Genre Does Robin Trower Play?
Robin Trower’s sound is usually classified as classic rock, blues rock, and/or hard rock. A lot of fans who attend Robin Trower tour stops just call his music rock and roll. You won’t hear drum machines, synth lines, and samples at any of his shows.
If you’re unexperienced with Robin Trower’s music you should keep in mind that the guitarist likes slow grooves. Does this mean Trower will put you to sleep? No, not at all!
“As long as a song has some sort of dynamic or emotional power, the tempo doesn’t matter,” explained Trower. He further appreciates slow jams because he can really get into the song and be very expressive.