Strat Legend Robin Trower Talks New Album, 'Coming Closer to the Day'

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"Musicians of my generation had the best of times,” says veteran British guitar master Robin Trower. “I look around now at how the music business operates, and I would hate to be a young guitarist trying to get heard. There’s so much out there taking up people’s attention, and that’s the problem — nobody’s paying attention. When I was coming up, there were just a few radio stations. If your record got played, you were in. You became famous, and you were making money. It was fabulous!”

He pauses reflectively, then adds, “Of course, we had to get lucky to score a record deal, but even so, we had it better than new bands today. They have to get really lucky to get anywhere. I don’t know how they do it. I feel very fortunate to have come up when I did.”

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Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar World, Guitar Player, MusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.