Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Johnny featured in May issue of Guitar World

What's really happened to Johnny's life and career during the last several years? You've likely heard the rumors, but now you can get the real story in the current issue of Guitar World magazine.

This fascinating, in-depth article unearths answers to questions of more than a decade's worth of problems with health, business and music -- and it chronicles the rock and blues legend's stunning career comeback.

Can't wait to get to a newsstand? You can view the story by visiting

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Johnny heads for the Great White North...

Fresh off a great swing in snowy Massachusetts last weekend, Johnny & Co. will head to Canada this week. The six-show run kicks off in Quebec. A quick rundown of the schedule: Quebec City (3/22), Montreal (3/23), Ottawa (3/24), Toronto (3/26), London (3/27) and Thunder Bay (3/30).

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The last few weeks have been good ones for Johnny. Earlier this month, he played to a sold-out house in Albany, New York, following up that show with a rousing performance in Westbury, Long Island, New York, where he co-headlined a bill with Leon Russell. Those shows were Johnny's first gigs since a one-night stand March 3 in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Johnny's comeback continues. His voice has been increasingly stronger and his guitar on fire both night after night, and the crowds have gone wild for two recent additions to Johnny's set: "Miss Ann," which he recorded on 1969's Second Winter, and the Bobby Womack-penned "It's All Over Now."

On the horizon: Once April arrives, look out! Johnny has some huge shows coming up in New Jersey with brother Edgar Winter and guitarist Rick Derringer. Mark these dates on your calendar: Friday, April 6, at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank; and Saturday, April 7, at the Patriot Theater at War Memorial in Trenton.

Johnny's February was a good one: Not only did he turn 63 years old (on Feb. 23), but he sold out nine of his 10 gigs, including two nights at Club B.B. in Mashantucket, Connecticut; three shows in Canada; and his last performance of the month, at New York South in Cocoa Beach, Florida. He also headlined the first night of the City of Clearwater's (Florida) Seafood & Blues Weekend. And speaking of which, that must have been a great time-other performers included Coco Montoya, Eric Sardinas, Chris Beard, Eric Lindell and Tinsley Ellis…

Upcoming shows: Tickets are now on sale for Johnny's June 15 performance at the Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana, California. They're $29.50 each… Johnny's August 24 show at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonberry, New Hampshire, is nearly sold out…

Dave Rubin: The Winter of our Content... contributor Dave Rubin reviews Johnny Winter's Feb. 9 performance at B.B. King's Blues Club in New York City.

By Dave Rubin

Johnny Winter ascended the stage at B.B. King’s Blues Club near Times Square on February 9 like blues royalty. After 50 years of dedicating his life to the music while learning from and supporting first-generation Chicago blues legends, in particular Muddy Waters, he has been accorded the same honor and respect. His loyal subjects cheered his appearance and hung on his every note and utterance.

It has been one long, hard road back from the edge of physical and financial collapse that he was approaching following years of abuse and neglectful mismanagement, and the journey is not over yet. However, Johnny grows stronger in body and spirit with each engagement, for which he owes an incalculable debt of gratitude to his new vibrant manager, Paul Nelson. A ferocious and accomplished guitarist in his own right, equally at home playing the real blues or hip progressive rock, Nelson opened the show with Johnny’s regular rhythm section of bassist Scott Spray and drummer Wayne June, and blazed on his Strat to the obvious delight of the crowd. He would graciously retire to the wings when Johnny took his seat at the mike, but in a welcome change from previous shows, Nelson was brought back for a romping encore version of Bobby Womack’s “It’s All Over Now.”

In between, Johnny presented his regular set, including “Hide Away,” “She Likes to Boogie Real Low,” “Blackjack,” “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “Johnny Guitar” and “Tore Down,” with the welcome addition of “Miss Ann.” Time and tides may have diminished the explosive energy that once blew audiences away, but Johnny has replaced the pyrotechnics with tough, deep blues that burn like a banked coal fire, warming and lighting up everything and everybody they touch. The slow blues of Ray Charles’ “Blackjack,” coming after a series of bangin’ shuffles embellished with a textbook full of riffs, afforded Johnny the opportunity to reach way down in his soul for sensuous bends and shimmering vibrato as he crooned the gambler’s lament. One of the finest white blues singers of all time along with Gregg Allman, Johnny can still send a shiver down the spine when he leans into the mike and pours his heart out.

As always, the highlight of any Johnny Winter show occurs when his well-worn 1963 Firebird V is wheeled out to replace the utilitarian Erlewine Lazer that he favors the majority of the time. Its open D tuning was put to the test on Johnny’s own “Mojo Boogie” and Bob Dylan’s classic “Highway 61 Revisited,” which the Texas blues master can now rightfully claim as his own. Sizzling treble licks and growling bass runs skittered off his slider as he recounted Dylan’s take on the Old Testament parable about Abraham.

Though no official poll has been taken, it is likely from their reaction that Johnny’s fans would love to hear him play even more slide, including solo on a National Steel at which he once excelled. We can only hope. In the meantime, every note sung and played is a treat not to be missed.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


Yep, it's a official! Johnny has his own MySpace page now too... Click here >> to check it out!

"Celebrity Walk of Fame" in Fargo, ND

Johnny Winter inducted into the Fargo-Moorhead Convention Bureau's "Celebrity Walk of Fame" in Fargo, North Dakota. Hand and foot prints of celebrities from movies, music, politics and literature like Neil Diamond, The Moody Blues, Trisha Yearwood, Dr. Ruth, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and George W. Bush are displayed in cement outside the Visitors famous walk way.

Seymour Duncan pickups

Johnny signs endorsement deal w/Seymour Duncan pickups!

Johnny & Edgar Winter inducted

On November 17th 2005, the Southeast Texas Walk Of Fame honored and inducted Johnny Winter and Edgar Winter into the Southeast Texas "Walk of Fame" at Ford Park in Beaumont, Texas for their contribution to music and career accomplishments. They were awarded the key to the city by the Mayor and County Judge. At this special presentation, Jefferson County officials unveiled a 2X2 Cement block with each Artists name on them. Johnny and Edgar Winter will be the third and fourth inductees. Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Byrd were the first inductees into the Southeast Texas "Walk of Fame". Janis Joplin is scheduled to be the fifth inductee on December 2nd.

Johnny reunites with Tommy Shannon, Uncle John Turner

Johnny's first two releases for Columbia Records in 1969 -- Johnny Winter and Second Winter -- not only featured the young Texas guitar-slinger at his best, but they also found him backed by an absolutely pumping rhythm section in the form of bass player Tommy Shannon (who would later go on to play with Stevie Ray Vaughan) and drummer Uncle John Turner. And on November 19, 2006, at La Zona Rosa's in Austin, they were all onstage together for the first time since 1986.

The tune, by the way, was "Johnny Guitar."

Photo by Scott Moore.

Vintage Guitar Magazine

Great article on Johnny's comeback in the Dec '06 issue of Vintage guitar magazine on stands now!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Gibson Guitars

The Gibson guitar company is finally working on the long awaited Johnny Winter Signature Firebird! More news as it develops.

Caliornia Tour

While in California on tour in November Johnny dropped by brother Edgar's studio to lay down some killer solo work on Edgar's song called "Rock'in the Blues" to be featured on his next album.

Dunlop Texas Slider

Dunlop company to introduce a pinky slide call the "Texas Slider" carefully modeled after Johnny's own famous slide. Look for it to come out world wide this winter 06-07

Penthouse Magazine

Johnny featured in the July issue of "Penthouse" magazine (it's not what you think) It was for a special guitar article including Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen and more...

Woodstock Museum

Johnny tapes interview for the Woodstock Museum as part of their video display in up state NY.

Johnny in the Library of Congress

Johnny also part of an interview for the Library of Congress as part of their blues education history department.

BBC documentary

Johnny finishes BBC blues documentary on Muddy Waters.

Guitar Player Magazine

A Johnny interview is featured in the May issue of Guitar Player Magazine.

Reunion Show

Reunion show with Johnny, brother Edgar and Rick Derringer scheduled for 04/15/06 at the Scottish Rite Theater in West Reading, PA. This is a historic first with many more such shows scheduled for the future.

Johnny on XM Radio

Johnny Winter (and "I'm a Bluesman" guitarist Paul Nelson) were interviewed on XM Radio's "Bluesville" with Bill Wax for a full hour of Johnny's favorite blues tracks.

Southeast Texas Walk of Fame

Johnny and Edgar Winter inducted into the Southeast Texas "Walk of Fame" at Ford Park in their home town of Beaumont, Texas for their contributions to music and career accomplishments.

W.C. Handy Blues Awards

Johnny Nominated for W.C. Handy award for "Second Winter Legacy Edition".

Grammy Nomination

Johnny received Grammy Nomination for "I'm A Bluesman" (Virgin Records).

Johnny Winter back on tour 2005-06

Legendary Blues guitarist Johnny Winter is set to embark on a National tour in support of his latest Virgin Records disc entitled "I'm a Bluesman".

On tour, Johnny will introduce audiences to his new material while reacquainting them with his iconic guitar playing. For more than 30 years, Johnny Winter has been at the forefront of modern blues and blues-rock, and his new CD and tour figure to add to his Texas-sized reputation.

Backing him on the CD and throughout the tour is the road-tested touring band of guitarist Paul Nelson, bassist Scott Spray, and drummer Wayne June. For I'm a Bluesman, Johnny has again paired with his long-time producer Dick Shurman (Robert Cray, Albert Collins, Roy Buchanan), as well as Tom Hambridge (Susan Tedeschi, George Thorogood). The CD features guest appearances by such friends as keyboardist Reese Wynans (from Stevie Ray Vaughan's celebrated backing group Double Trouble) among others.

D'addario stings

Johnny signs endorsement deal with D'addario stings

25 Greatest Blues Guitar Solos

Watch for the Hal Leonard book entitled "25 Greatest Blues Guitar Solos" containing a transcription of Johnny's version of "Be Careful with a Fool."

Monday, March 12, 2007