English blues-rock, guitarist and vocalist Robin Trower will be in concert at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. The Robin Trower story started in the mid-60s when he began his recording career in the Southend rhythm and blues band The Paramounts. But the first time Trower pinged on rock ‘n roll’s radar was in 1967 with Procol Harum – house band of the Summer of Love. Though he did not play on their mega-hit “A Whiter Shade of Pale”, he completed five albums and many tours with them before breaking away for a solo career in 1971.
Trower’s own band was modeled on the power-trio blueprint of Cream and Taste, and of course, the Jimi Hendrix Experience. His atmospheric, effects-laden Stratocastering brought inevitable initial comparisons with Hendrix, but he quickly made his own mark. Trower, along with the vocal talents of James Dewar, a hard-living Scot, whose voice will always be associated with the Robin Trower Band, proved to be a musical powerhouse. Trower was soon outselling Procol by a considerable factor as he tuned in to the heavier zeitgeist of a new decade and his second album “Bridge of Sighs” reached the Top 10 in the States. This collection of songs is in every budding guitarslinger’s reference library and has influenced a generation of musicians. Trower’s follow up albums, “In City Dreams” and “Caravan to Midnight” demonstrated his maturing songwriting abilities and strong connection to the blues.
Trower had a brief reunion with Procol Harum in the 90’s and released “20th Century Blues” on his own label in 1994. The late 90s saw him hooking up with Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry for two albums, “Taxi” and “Mamouna” plus a European tour. 2000’s “Go My Way” saw Trower sharing the spotlight with bassist/vocalist Richard Watts. Trower continued releasing albums through the next decade including “Living Out of Time” (2003), “Another Day’s Blues” (2005), “Seven Moons” (2007), “What Lies Beneath” (2009), and “The Playful Heart” (2010). The 2012 set “Roots and Branches” was a revelation, a mix of covers – the roots – and new material – the branches. The entire set is tribute to an artist still growing in power and dexterity, but most of all in emotional expressiveness. “Something’s About to Change”, released in early 2015, confirmed a world-class musician at the top of his game. His latest release, “Where You Are Going To”, is more of a rocker, but is still squarely based in Trower’s love for blues.
Robin Trower is an axeman’s axeman. He’s been a Fender Stratocaster endorsee ever since Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre let him try one before a gig in the early Seventies, and now has his own signature model – an honor accorded to few. Robin Trower live is an experience not to be missed. Whether you play guitar, or just enjoy a brilliant soulful player, come enjoy the show!
Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm
Visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website for additional information and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office.