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Walter Trout Premieres "Almost Gone" from New Album, 'Battle Scars'

Today, presents the exclusive premiere of "Almost Gone," a new song by Walter Trout.

The track is from Trout's new album, Battle Scars, which will be released worldwide October 23 by Mascot Label Group’s Provogue Records.

The new disc chronicles Trout's recent struggle with liver failure and his subsequent recovery.

“I’m thrilled about this album, about my life and about my music,” said Trout, who returned to the stage in June at the Lead Belly Festival at London’s Royal Albert Hall. “I feel I’m reborn as a songwriter, a singer, a guitarist and a human being. I have a new chance at being the best musician and the best man that I can be. And I’m incredibly happy and grateful.”

Compare that to early 2014, when he was lying in a hospital bed without the strength to move or speak, unable to recognize his children as he watched his body waste away. On May 26, 2014, Trout underwent liver transplant surgery, and the healing process began. “At first I wasn’t strong enough to play a note on the guitar, but as I regained my strength, the music came back to me. Now when I pick up the guitar, it's liberating, joyful and limitless. I feel like I’m 17 again.”

“Almost Gone,” which you can check out below, captures the strength Trout got from his wife.

"[She urged] me to go on fighting when I was in pain, and on the verge of death,” Trout says. “I looked up into her eyes, and she gave me the power to carry on. That experience is reflected in my playing on the song.”

You'll find the complete Battle Scars track list below, plus all of Trout's recently announced tour dates.

For more about Trout, visit and follow him on Facebook.

Battle Scars Track List:

  • 01.Almost Gone
  • 02.Omaha Prelude
  • 03.Omaha
  • 04.Tomorrow Seems So Far Away
  • 05.Please Take Me Home
  • 06.Playin' Hideaway
  • 07.Haunted By The Night
  • 08.Fly Away
  • 09.Move On
  • 10.My Ship Came In
  • 11.Cold, Cold Ground
  • 12.Gonna Live Again

Walter Trout on Tour:

8/20 Denver, CO Oriental Theatre
8/22 Taos, NM Taos Blues Festival
8/29 Los Angeles, CA Ascencia Urban Blues Festival, Raleigh Studios
9/10 Las Vegas, NV Big Blues Bender
9/11 Las Vegas, NV Big Blues Bender
9/20 Ventura, CA California Beer Festival
9/25 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up
9/26 Huntington Beach, CA Huntington Beach Library Theatre
10/02 San Francisco, CA Biscuits and Blues
10/03 San Francisco, CA Biscuits and Blues
10/04 Sacramento, CA California Auto Museum
10/07 Yakima, WA The Seasons Performance Hall
10/09 Tacoma, WA Jazzbones
10/10 Burlington, WA Skagit Center
10/17 Anchorage, AK Williwaw
11/07 Frederikshavn, Denmark Frederikshavn Bluesfestival
11/08 Malmo, Sweden Sverige
11/10 Silkeborg, Denmark Kedelhuset
11/11 Copenhagen, Denmark Amager Bio
11/13 Harstad, Norway Nordic Hall
11/14 Tromsa, Norway Kulturhuset
11/17 Stockton, UK Arc
11/18 Glasgow, UK ABC
11/20 Holmfirth, UK Picturedrome
11/21 London, UK Forum
11/24 Leamington Spa, UK Assembly
11/25 Frome, UK Cheese & Grain
11/28 Amsterdam, Netherlands Carre
12/01 Hamburg, Germany Fabrik
12/02 Berlin, Germany Kesselhaus
12/03 Bochum, Germany RuhrCongress
12/05 Zurich, Switzerland Kaufleuten
12/06 Munich, Germany Theaterfabrik
4/10 St. Petersburg, FL Tampa Bay Blues Festival (headliner)

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Jackson Maxwell
Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.