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Pat Travers

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While most bluesy hard rock acts of the ’70s and ’80s hailed from the United States (the south, to be exact), there were several exceptions to the rule, such as Canadian singer/guitarist Pat Travers. Born in Toronto on April 12, 1954, Travers first picked up the guitar just prior to entering his teens, after witnessing a local performance by the great Jimi Hendrix. It wasn’t long before Travers was studying the other top rock guitarists of the day (Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, etc.), and paying his dues by playing in bar bands in the Quebec area.

His first true touring gig came his way when he hooked up with ’50s rock n’ roll vet Ronnie Hawkins (best known for performing with a backing cast that would eventually transform into The Band). But Travers’ main love was hard rock, so after a year, he packed up his belongings and headed to London. Shortly after touchdown in the U.K., Travers recorded a demo that would land him a recording deal with Polydor and result in the release of his debut, Pat Travers, during the spring of 1976. A performance at England’s annual Reading Festival the same year only peaked interest, which resulted in two more releases in 1977, Makin’ Magic and Putting It Straight (both of which followed a pre-Iron Maiden Nicko McBrain on drums), before Travers returned to North America and set his sights on the U.S. rock market.

Hooking up with a fine backing band comprised of drummer Tommy Aldridge, guitarist Pat Thrall, and bassist Mars Cowling, the new Travers band lineup premiered on 1979’s Heat in the Street.

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  • BMWPRETTY

    Spank! Nice! Take me back! :-) My brother introduced me to Pat! I do not like Whisky or Cocaine! I do love Pat :-)

    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • kirkjames240419

    Hey I love pat travers, but were's the f**king c.d. version they do still make them. ???

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • mbareny

    Grand.

    17 Nov 2012 Reply
  • oakland289

    great songs snortin whiskey oh yeah~!!!!

    24 May 2011 Reply
  • Scotty5150

    Jesus christ, more people need to know about this genius! (2)

    18 May 2011 Reply
  • Robert161989

    HEKTISCH

    24 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Re-Kramer

    So underrated [3]

    22 Aug 2010 Reply
  • ledheadtaylor

    So underrated

    27 Jan 2010 Reply
  • mynameisjoehann

    not half bad

    25 Jan 2010 Reply
  • tomislaav

    amazing guitarist

    2 Aug 2009 Reply
  • ayuale

    Simpre me gusto mucho el disco Radio Active New Age Music !!! Rocks

    28 May 2009 Reply
  • ippanis

    wow, i haven't heard of him before but i found a AC/DC cover song from Pat Travers. It really rocks!

    11 Apr 2009 Reply
  • golfglenn1

    this guy is a top notch guitar player and he has paid his dues over the years and its nice to see he still makes time for his fans after most shows and he usually is very accessible and easy to talk to. This guy makes great music and has been for a long time. 1st class guy and guitar player ! cant wait for his newest music and hope to catch him live in O.C or Hollywood, PT still rocks ! golfglenn

    7 Apr 2009 Reply
  • person2456

    great guitar player

    15 Feb 2009 Reply
  • MrMetal777

    It's so awesome to see "kids" into Travers. What a great guitar player, no what a great musician

    5 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Vandaller

    тяжоооооолый блюз))

    20 Jan 2009 Reply
  • kurtscash

    i love the opening riff of this song...

    13 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Edgewise65

    Go for what you know!

    5 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Bicycle-Racer

    Hi all Travers' fans! Join Pat Travers group on last.fm!

    2 Jun 2008 Reply
  • MRKILLINGJOKE

    Only about 29,000 plays ? Damn, this Man is friggin underrated !!!

    20 Jan 2008 Reply
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