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For Robin Trower, the next great song is always right there at his fingertips. For five decades, the iconic British bluesman has written the same way. The valves glow in his Marshall amplifier. Those fabled hands roam the neck of his Fender Stratocaster. Then the music starts to flow: raw and real, played with fire and skill, untainted by commercial aspirations, accompanied by lyrics that get to the guts of the matter. "The songs always come when I'm playing the guitar," explains Trower of his creative process. "Everything starts from there..."
So too began Trower's latest studio album, Coming Closer To The Day. It's rare to find a '60s legend still on trailblazing form in their eighth decade. But while Trower's peers recycle the old hits or retreat from view, the 73-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 setting up some of his best-attended US dates since he conquered that continent with Bridge Of Sighs in the mid-'70s. "I had two really excellent tours in '17 and '18," he reflects. "A really great turnout, great response from the crowd. It's been wonderful, really."
Even at this career pinnacle, Trower admits he "just can't stop". And with Coming Closer To The Day, his songcraft and soulful performances have never sounded more alive – even on an album whose title track acknowledges that life is short and time precious. "I'm saying that I'm nearer the end than the beginning," he explains. "But that doesn't scare me. Not at all. If I went tomorrow, I'd feel like I'd been blessed with being able to achieve an incredible amount as a musician."
Title: Coming Closer To The Day
Release Date: 22 Mar 2019
Artist: Robin Trower
Catalogue No: PRD75832
1. Diving Bell
2. Truth or Lies
3. Coming Closer to the Day
5. Tide of Confusion
6. The Perfect Wrong
7. Little Girl Blue
8. Someone of Great Renown
9. Lonesome Road
10. Tell Me
11. Don't Ever Change
12. Take Me With You
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