Texas blues legend Johnny Winter died Wednesday, July 16, died last night. He was 70. This morning, the guitarist's Facebook page featuring the following news item: "Texas blues icon Johnny Winter has passed away on July 16, 2014, in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland. His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of their loved one and one of the world's finest guitarists. An official statement with more details shall be issued at the appropriate time."
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.