Dr. Marie Trout, the wife and manager of blues favourite Walter Trout, has her book The Blues – Why It Hurts So Good published on Friday (3 February). Based on her Ph.D. dissertation, it has already been acclaimed by no less a giant of the music than John Mayall as “a monumental discourse into the mysteries and pleasures of the blues and a wonderful addition to one’s library.”
Marie has been with Walter through the notable ups and near-fatal downs of his career, including his perilous battle for life when he suffered liver failure and needed an urgent transplant. After his successful operation, he became a patron of the British Liver Trust in late 2015, and with his health happily restored, Walter has resumed touring activities, with a busy 2017 schedule.
“I have always been curious in how music, and particularly blues music, somehow transforms us in subtle, but pervasive ways,” writes Dr. Marie, born in Aarhus, Denmark. “How it can lift moods and just make us feel comforted: enveloped, interconnected, and that it is OK to just be.”
The Blues – Why It Hurts So Good has been described by bestselling author Caroline Myss as “wildly, incredibly brilliant. I never knew why I loved the blues – and now I do. What a fabulous read.” Fellow bluesman Joe Louis Walker says of Marie and her work: “Although she may not play or sing the blues for a living, there’s no question about her personal contact with the blues. I recommend you read this unique perspective.”
All proceeds from the book will go to the Blues Foundation’s HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust), established “for blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses.”