Blues legend Johnny Winter has announced a new studio album, Step Back. The album is a celebration of the traditional blues and early rock n roll that Winter was raised on, and features a laundry list of guest stars.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the premiere of a video of Johnny Winter performing a rocking version of Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" on October 16, 1992. That's the day a slew of respected artists — from George Harrison to Johnny Cash to the Band — got together at New York City's Madison Square Garden to celebrate Bob Dylan's 30th anniversary as a recording artist.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents an exclusive Johnny Winter song premiere courtesy of Sony Legacy. The track, which you can hear below, captures the blues-rock legend in all his early Seventies glory as he performs "Eyesight to the Blind" at the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival on July 5, 1970.
Following the old adage that, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," legendary Texas bluesman Johnny Winter recent told Billboard that he plans to record a sequel to last year's Roots, and album which saw him team up with an all-star casts of guest musicians — including Vince Gill, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes and more — to pay homage to the music that started it all.
Lance Lopez is one very few blues guitarists who can say they started their career at age of 12, when he began performing professionally with older, more seasoned musicians in New Orleans -- and understanding the elements of blues, funk and R&B. By the time he was 18, the Shreveport, Louisiana-born Lopez had toured with soul singer Johnnie Taylor and blues legend Lucky Peterson.
Johnny Winter has been playing electric blues since the Sixties, and his enthusiasm for it only grows with time. "There's never been a point in my life where I was even close to getting tired of playing blues," he says, relaxing in his dressing room at B.B. King's Blues Club in New York City, where he's performing a record-release show for his 2011 album, Roots. "The truth is, I love playing the blues, now more than I ever have before."