British electric guitar virtuoso Robin Trower and his current band retain a certain distinctive hard-rock funkiness — a sharp and biting style heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix that only a few acts can master. As a young player growing up with London’s R&B, Mod, British blues, and psychedelic scenes at his feet, Trower soaked up a variety of techniques and songwriting ideas. In 1967, he joined Procol Harum (shortly after they scored with “A Whiter Shade of Pale”). He eventually left for a solo career and formed a fiery, guitar solo-centric blues-rock power trio in 1971 with singer/bassist James Dewar and drummer Reg Isidore. With Bill Lordan on drums, the Robin Trower Band issued a 1973 debut titled Twice Removed From Yesterday. A more fully-realized follow-up — 1974’s Bridge of Sighs — zoomed into the U.S. Top Ten on the densely-funky and soulful title track and “Day of the Eagle.” Bridge of Sighs is considered by fans and critics to be Trower’s landmark album. His current band features Glenn Letsch on bass, Davy Pattison on vocals and tambourine, and Pete Thompson on drums. Expect some killer tones from Trower’s Strat!
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