ROBIN TROWER Returns With New Album “Joyful Sky” Featuring SARI SCHORR

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On October 27th, Robin Trower is set to unveil his latest album “Joyful Sky”, featuring the raw vocal prowess of Sari Schorr, released via the Provogue/Mascot Label Group. Celebrating this announcement, a lyric video for the lead single ‘Burn’ has been released, offering fans a glimpse of what’s to come. Always receptive to singers who can elevate his emotive guitar touch, the 78-year-old Trower heard a quality in the smoky power of New Yorker Sari Schorr that made him want to tear down and rebuild his song-craft around her.

“I’ve worked with some great vocalists over the years but Sari is dynamite, just an absolute knockout,” reflects Trower. “This album really pushed me, made me write in different keys and arrange songs for her voice. I went more down the R&B route this time, because I knew she’d be great with that flavor. But the blues still underpins everything I do, and there’s definitely elements from my ’70s stuff in this new album.” The album is available for pre-order HERE.

“’Burn’ is about someone who’s trying to calm down their partner,” he says of the smouldering opener, which sets up the propulsive and faintly Bond-like groove of ‘I’ll Be Moving On’. “That one gets me right where I live,” says the guitarist. “It’s soulful, has a vibe about it.”

For six decades, Robin Trower’s career has been an act of quiet rebellion. Rewind the reels of the British guitarist’s backstory and you’ll find an artist who has always rolled the dice rather than take the path of least resistance. In the early ’70s, Trower announced his fearless streak by leaving the security of Procol Harum for a gold-selling solo career whose ever-present “Bridge Of Sighs” album filled the stadiums of North America. Since then, he’s flowed from his own projects to collaborations with everyone from Jack Bruce to the United State Of Mind supergroup alongside Maxi Priest and Livingstone Brown. Fast-forward to 2023 and Trower’s new studio album, “Joyful Sky”, represents vindication for his latest flash of artistic instinct.

While the title of last year’s “No More Worlds To Conquer” album could be interpreted as a coded farewell, Trower assures fans he has inspiration to burn and no intention of winding down. “If anything, recording new music is even more gratifying now. I love to play the guitar. I love to write songs. That’s what keeps me bouncing. I’ve got all these songs, so I want to get them in the can and ready to go in case my health fails.”

The standout track from “No More Worlds To Conquer” provided the segue into “Joyful Sky”. “The album with Sari started when Alan Robinson of Manhaton Records asked if I’d write something for her. The first thing I said to him was that I’d love to hear her sing ‘I Will Always Be Your Shelter’. It’s a really special song to me. I had to completely rearrange it for her. But I knew she’d be wonderful on that song and it all grew from there.”

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, on her stamping ground of Brooklyn, Schorr still remembers the thrill of taking Robinson’s call. “He told me to think about it, but before he was even finished with the sentence, I’d already committed to the project. I was already a fan of Robin, absolutely,” Schorr continues. “You don’t want to use the word ‘genius’ casually, but I believe he is a genius. The way he feels and hears music is so acute, it’s like he has superhuman powers. I had so much faith in his vision. You just grab on and hold tight.”

The pair traded demos back and forth online, but in early 2023, Schorr beat a path to Studio 91 in Newbury, where Trower has tracked his solo albums for over a decade. And while the New Yorker admits to early nerves in the presence of this architect of British blues, she fell quickly into the groove with material that felt tailor-made.

“Joyful Sky” Artwork

As the album gathers pace, “Joyful Sky” kicks out against expectations with the soulful ode to self-empowerment on ‘Change It’, the dramatic guitar effects of the title track and ‘The Circle Is Complete’’s seven-minute transition from a driving rocker to the kind of mournful extended outro solo at which Trower is untouchable.

A literal lifetime since he first stepped onto the British blues circuit as a cub gunslinger, that fabled Trower power shows no sign of burning out. “I think this record is more accessible than the stuff I’ve done over the last few years and I’ve got a feeling it’ll reach more people,” says Trower of “Joyful Sky”. “At my age, to still be doing it, and still turning out good stuff, you really appreciate what a blessing that is.”

“Joyful Sky” Track-Listing:

  1. Burn
  2. I’ll Be Moving On
  3. The Distance
  4. Peace Of Mind
  5. Change It
  6. Joyful Sky
  7. Need For You
  8. The Circle Is Complete
  9. Flatter To Deceive
  10. I Will Always Be Your Shelter

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