Pat Travers Band plays the South Shore Room
If you go
What: Pat Travers Band
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15
Where: Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
Tickets: $38.50 plus fees
One of the songs off the Pat Travers Band’s latest record, “Can Do,” got its debut at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe long before the album’s July 9 release.
Travers wrote the bulk of “Diamond Girl,” a soaring rock ‘n’ roll track, while warming up for a show at the South Shore Room last year, he said during a phone interview in late February.
“That was one of the easy ones,” Travers said of the song, which is the third track on an album inspired by the sound of his early records.
“My only goal was really to come up with the best songs I absolutely could,” Travers said.
The Canadian guitarist and singer has released more than 30 discs in his decades-spanning career. He counts “Can Do” among its highlights.
“Everybody loves it,” Travers said. “I got probably the best reviews of any album I ever put out in my career on this album.”
He took the album to Europe last year and comes through the South Shore Saturday as part of the band’s North American tour in support of the album.
“Can Do” and “Long Time Gone” are among the new songs that are especially well received live, Travers said.
In addition to songs from the new album, Travers said the band’s live set features fan favorites and a slide guitar section. Travers began developing his slide guitar technique eight or nine years ago after injuring his hand.
“That whole section goes down amazingly well,” Travers said. “I really have fun with it.”
Travers, who began performing as a professional musician at age 15, listed Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Cream and Johnny Winter among his early influences. He’s gone on to inspire another generation of artists, with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett calling Travers one of his favorite guitarists.
“The thing is, I love the blues and I love pentatonics. I love major pentatonics and I also love minor pentatonics because I grew up listening to that sound,” Hammett is quoted in saying in a 2001 “Guitar World” article. “All my favorite guitar players used those scales — Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Perry, Pat Travers, and Brian Robertson.”
Some of the Pat Travers Band’s more well-known songs include “Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights),” “Snortin’ Whiskey,” “I La La La Love You” and “Killer.”
In addition to the originals, Saturday’s show will also feature some classic rock hits from other artists.
“You might hear (Golden Earring classic) Radar Love,” Travers said.
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