Thursday, July 26, 2007

Uncle John Turner: 1944-2007

A message from Johnny and Susan Winter: "Rest in peace, good friend. You will forever be in our hearts and prayers."

Legendary Texas Blues Drummer Dies at 62

B.B King once exclaimed, "Man, I can set my watch to your time!"

"Uncle John" Turner died Thursday, July 26th, in Austin, Texas from complications related to hepatitis C. He was 62 years old.

Born in Port Arthur, Texas, Uncle John was a childhood friend and bandmate of Johnny Winter. While playing drums with Winter in 1968, Turner convinced him to try a full-blown blues band format and sent for his friend Tommy Shannon to play bass. Success quickly followed, and the trio went on to record what many consider to be three of Johnny's finest albums: The Progressive Blues Experiment, Johnny Winter and Second Winter. With fourth member Edgar Winter, they played Woodstock in 1969, as well as numerous other festivals and shows around the world.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Johnny to play Crossroads, Uncle John benefit gigs...

Seven days: Okay folks, just one more week to go before Johnny takes the stage with Derek Trucks at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago! Johnny, Paul & Co. are looking forward to this major step in Johnny's return to form. and will be covering the action!

Uncle John Turner benefit gigs: Once he's done at Crossroads, Johnny will catch a southbound and ride to Texas to headline two benefit gigs for former bandmate Uncle John Turner, the powerhouse drummer who is currently battling Hepatitis C and is in need of a liver transplant. The first will be in the San Antonio area on July 31, with another the next night in Austin.

And there's more! Click here to see a photo essay by Johnny fan Tami Goldsmith, who captured Johnny in action at the Canyon Club in June. (Thanks, Tami!) There's also a great YouTube moment over at See you in Chicago!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Johnny on the cover of Blues Revue: Veteran music writer Don Wilcock takes readers through four decades of Johnny's life in the August-September issue of Blues Revue, which is on newsstands now. The article, which is accompanied by a 1970 interview with Johnny, includes insight from the likes of Tommy Shannon, Bill Wax of XM Satellite Radio's Bluesville, producer Dick Shurman, Alligator Records boss Bruce Iglauer, brother Edgar Winter, Bob Margolin and Paul Nelson...

Countdown to Crossroads: Johnny is gearing up for his big performance at the sold-out Crossroads Guitar Festival, which is scheduled for July 28. Robbie Robertson has also been added to the bill...

And Introducing Tony Beard on drums... Powerhouse Tony Beard has assumed the role of Johnny's full-time drummer. The British-born Beard, who played his first shows with Johnny last month, has an extensive list of credits, having worked with some of the biggest names in the business during the course of the last 35 years:Roger Daltrey, Robin Trower, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jeff Beck and David Lee Roth among them...

For this and more, including a review of Johnny in Finland, click here.