October 29, 2023

Robin Trower and Sari Schorr have released the stunning new album Joyful Sky on Provogue. To celebrate they have revealed the video for The Distance, which you can watch below. Trower and Schorr take to the stage on special online concert on 4 November, for details visit HERE.

The upbeat groove-rocker The Distance is about “looking back at when you were younger and how far away that now seems at my great age,” says Trower.  Schorr adds, “The Distance is a reflective song that expresses the feelings of separation between the past and present. It’s natural to feel some nostalgia and longing for the past. This song easily could have been left to feel purely melancholic, but Robin gave it a twist by writing a hopeful chorus. And that is why it is so evocative and why I loved singing it.”

Photo: Rob Blackham

Schorr continues, “It’s another great song from an album that I think will become a memorable part of Robin‘s body of work. The song resonated with me, which allowed me to give it an authentic performance. I’m a very nostalgic person. I probably think about the past too much, but it’s how I process memories and gain perspective. I think the song will connect with many people because reflection is a natural aspect of the human experience.”

The pair are also giving fans the chance to have exclusive access to Robin‘s return to stage following a four-year hiatus, alongside the amazing Sari Schorr on Saturday 4th November. Captured in high quality video, with emphatic audio clarity, Trower will be playing live tracks from his new album Joyful Sky, plus exclusive new versions of his classics including Day of the Eagle and Bridge of Sighs.

Immerse yourself in Robin‘s intimate gig, his first live performance in over 4 years, all from the comfort of your own home for only $25. Tickets get you exclusive access to the live show plus added value bonuses, such as interviews with Trower and Schorr.  For more information, visit HERE.

They have released two previous singles from the album. The propulsive and Bond-like  I’ll Be Moving On and Burn, which is “about someone who’s trying to calm down their partner,” Trower says of the smouldering opener.

Photo: Rob Blackham

“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 flavour. But the blues still underpins everything I do – and there’s definitely elements from my ’70s stuff in this new album.”
 
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.
 
“I was already a fan of Robin, absolutely,” Schorr says. “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.”
 
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. In fact, the iconic guitarist’s late-period acceleration is something to behold, sweeping up new fans alongside the hardcore who have followed his every move. “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.”      

Check out Velvet Thunder’s review of Joyful Sky

Joyful Sky

  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

ROBIN TROWER online:

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