Johnny Winter http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/908/all en Johnny Winter Lesson: Slide Riffing in Open A Tuning http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-lesson-slide-riffing-open-johnny-winter <!--paging_filter--><p><em>From the Archive: This column was originally published in Issue 53 of </em>Guitar World Acoustic. <em>The audio examples in this lesson were performed by </em>Guitar World's<em> Jimmy Brown.</em></p> <p>I’d like to acquaint you with some great slide licks I like to play in open A tuning. </p> <p>These riffs and runs are super-versatile. You can use them to hop up your own blues pieces, employ them as solos in a classic blues song or even just entertain yourself with them on a back porch in the middle of a scorching heat wave. </p> <p>Before taking on the licks, let’s take the time to briefly discuss the proper slide-playing technique. The slide should sit with even pressure across the strings, parallel to and directly above the indicated frets. </p> <p>If you wear the slide on your pinky (like I do), lightly rest your index, middle and ring fingers across the strings behind the slide (toward the headstock). Muting the strings behind the slide with your fingers like this will help eliminate unwanted string noises and overtones.</p> <p>Now let's look at open A (low to high: E A E A C# E). In this tuning, the low E, high E and A strings remain at standard pitch, while the D, G and B strings are each raised one whole step, to E, A, and C#, respectively (<strong>FIGURE 1</strong>).</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/figure%201_0.jpg" width="222" height="194" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="figure 1_0.jpg" /><br /> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/121759444"></iframe></p> <p><strong>FIGURE 2</strong> shows the single notes that are most often used in open A tuning licks and solos played within the first five frets. These notes are all derived from the A minor pentatonic scale (A C D E G), and in this example the scale is spread across two octaves.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/figure%202.jpg" width="382" height="192" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="figure 2.jpg" /><br /> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/121759440"></iframe></p> <p>You’ll notice some of the notes are indicated twice, on two adjacent strings. This is because they are commonly played in more than one position. Practice playing these notes, first without the slide, then with it, ascending and descending until you’ve memorize their locations on the fretboard.</p> <p>Now let’s play some licks using these notes in this position. <strong>FIGURES 3a-e</strong> illustrate a handful of open A slide licks that I use all the time; many of them are staples of the “country” blues style. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/figure%203a.jpg" width="620" height="184" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="figure 3a.jpg" /><br /> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/121759439"></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/figure%203b.jpg" width="619" height="142" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="figure 3b.jpg" /><br /> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/121759443"></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/figure%203c.jpg" width="620" height="147" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="figure 3c.jpg" /><br /> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/121759441"></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/figure%203d.jpg" width="620" height="158" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="figure 3d.jpg" /><br /> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/121759445"></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/figure%203e.jpg" width="619" height="176" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="figure 3e.jpg" /><br /> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/121759442"></iframe></p> <p>You can hear me play licks along these lines on my recordings of songs like “Come On in My Kitchen” (<em>Best of Johnny Winter</em>), “Feel Like Going Home” (Muddy Waters: <em>Blues Sky</em>) and “Sittin’ in the Jailhouse” (<em>Johnny Winter: A Rock N’ Roll Collection</em>).</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/johnny-winter">Johnny Winter</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-lesson-slide-riffing-open-johnny-winter#comments Acoustic Nation Johnny Winter News Lessons Blogs News Lessons Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:20:36 +0000 Johnny Winter http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19848 In Deep with Andy Aledort: A Tribute to the Great Johnny Winter, Part 3 http://www.guitarworld.com/deep-andy-aledort-tribute-great-johnny-winter-part-3 <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the January 2015 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-january-15-ac-dc?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=January2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>Over the last two issues, I’ve devoted this column to the incredible playing of John Dawson Winter III, known to most of us as Johnny Winter. </p> <p>Johnny was a blues-rock guitar legend of the highest order and is regarded worldwide as one of the genre’s greatest and most influential players ever. He was also a wonderfully warm person, and I feel very privileged to have had the chance to get to know him. </p> <p> Johnny’s initial burst onto the worldwide stage occurred in 1969 with the release of his Columbia debut, <em>Johnny Winter</em>, and, following the release of his critically acclaimed 1971 live album, <em>Live Johnny Winter And</em>, the guitarist briefly retreated from the public eye to deal with heroin addiction. </p> <p>He returned in 1973 with the stunning Still Alive and Well album, which opens with a positively burning rendition of the B.B. King classic, “Rock Me Baby.” Just as Jimi Hendrix had done at the Monterey Pop Festival with the same song, Johnny took “Rock Me Baby” and completely reworked it into a tour de force of ferocious blues-rock virtuosity. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dQfvqHNI-4s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/johnny-winter">Johnny Winter</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/andy-aledort">Andy Aledort</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/deep-andy-aledort-tribute-great-johnny-winter-part-3#comments Andy Aledort In Deep January 2015 Johnny Winter Tue, 02 Dec 2014 20:59:57 +0000 Andy Aledort http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23010 In Deep with Andy Aledort: Examining the Blues-Rock Virtuosity of the Late Johnny Winter, Part 2 http://www.guitarworld.com/deep-andy-aledort-examining-blues-rock-virtuosity-late-johnny-winter-part-2 <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the Holiday 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-holiday-14-led-zeppelin?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=Holiday2014VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/deep-andy-aledort-remembering-late-blues-rock-guitar-legend-johnny-winter">Last month I devoted this space</a> to the guitar-playing wizardry of the late Johnny Winter, who passed away this past July 16, 2014, at the age of 70. </p> <p>Previously, we examined Winter’s brilliant fingerstyle country-blues work, along the lines of his playing on the track, “Forever Lonely,” from Muddy Waters’ <em>King Bee</em> album. This month, I’d like to show you how Johnny directed these ideas into a more aggressive and inventive style of blues-rock rhythm guitar.</p> <p> Winter’s 1977 release, <em>Nothin’ But the Blues</em>, served as a turning point in his career, as he dedicated himself from this point forward to blues music. His follow-up album, <em>White, Hot and Blue</em>, released in 1978, was equally powerful, featuring such standout blues covers as “Walking by Myself,” “Messin’ With the Kid,” “Diving Duck” and “EZ Rider,” as well as the original composition, “One Step at a Time,” a rocking shuffle in the key of A. </p> <p>The examples in this month’s column reflect the style and approaches Johnny used on this particular track.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience3873800499001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3873800499001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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As always, tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-_OE45zgokk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/johnny-winter">Johnny Winter</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-winters-final-studio-recording-death-letter-music-video-premiere#comments Johnny Winter Videos News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:17:02 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22655 In Deep with Andy Aledort: Remembering the Late Blues-Rock Guitar Legend Johnny Winter http://www.guitarworld.com/deep-andy-aledort-remembering-late-blues-rock-guitar-legend-johnny-winter <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the December 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-december-14-slipknot/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=DecemberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>This past July 16, 2014, the world lost one of the greatest and most influential guitarists ever: Johnny Winter. </p> <p>Born in Beaumont, Texas, on February 23, 1944, Winter, who was born with albinism, stood out not only for this unusual fact but, more importantly, because of his virtuoso, high-octane, one-of-a-kind guitar playing and his wild, banshee-like vocal prowess.</p> <p>Johnny’s screams of “Rock and Roll!!!” are now regarded as essential to the fabric of blues and rock as Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” double-stops and Albert King’s stinging, emotive string bending. </p> <p>In this edition of In Deep, we’ll examine just one of the many facets of Johnny’s blues guitar mastery: fingerpicked country-style blues applied to the electric guitar. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OJ72ny3s6ak?list=UUqHkFMEmOPFO3ahcrrBAj4w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/johnny-winter">Johnny Winter</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/andy-aledort">Andy Aledort</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/deep-andy-aledort-remembering-late-blues-rock-guitar-legend-johnny-winter#comments Andy Aledort December 2014 In Deep Johnny Winter Videos News Lessons Magazine Tue, 07 Oct 2014 19:52:52 +0000 Andy Aledort http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22532 Johnny Winter and Aerosmith's Joe Perry Premiere New Song, "Mojo Hand" — Listen http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-winter-and-aerosmiths-joe-perry-premiere-new-song-mojo-hand-listen <!--paging_filter--><p>The late Johnny Winter's star-studded new album, <em>Step Back</em>, was released today, September 2, through Megaforce Records.</p> <p>Below, you can hear a song from the new disc, "Mojo Hand," which features a guest appearance by Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry. Check it out below (top video) and be sure to tell us what you think of it in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><em>Step Back</em> features collaborations with an impressive collection of guitarists, including Stray Cats' Brian Setzer, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, Leslie West, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and more. </p> <p>Which reminds us: You also might want to check out two other songs from the album. There's a searing cover of Elmore James' "I Can't Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby)" that features Ben Harper <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-winter-and-ben-harper-cover-elmore-james-i-cant-hold-out-listen">(LISTEN HERE)</a> and "Where Can You Be," a straight-ahead blues-rocker featuring vocals and guitar by ZZ Top axman Billy Gibbons <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-winter-and-billy-gibbons-premiere-new-song-where-can-you-be-listen">(LISTEN HERE)</a>. </p> <p><strong>But wait, there's more! We've also thrown in a just-posted-to-YouTube song, "Don't Want No Woman," which features Clapton (middle video). Enjoy both clips, plus a preview video for a film called <em>Johnny Winter: Down and Dirty</em> (bottom video)!</strong></p> <p>Winter died July 16 at age 70.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/noE64hoKB8k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/b4Ygm8pWSAE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/--Asd6Pq5gk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/johnny-winter">Johnny Winter</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/joe-perry">Joe Perry</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-winter-and-aerosmiths-joe-perry-premiere-new-song-mojo-hand-listen#comments Joe Perry Johnny Winter News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:05:32 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22245 Johnny Winter and Billy Gibbons Premiere New Song, "Where Can You Be" — Listen http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-winter-and-billy-gibbons-premiere-new-song-where-can-you-be-listen <!--paging_filter--><p>Earlier today, <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/08/26/johnny-winter-teams-with-zz-tops-billy-gibbons-on-where-can-you-be-song-premiere/">wsj.com</a> premiered a new Johnny Winter song, "Where Can You Be," which also happens to feature ZZ Top axman (and fellow Texan) Billy Gibbons.</p> <p>The song is from the late Winter's new album, <em>Step Back</em>, which will be released September 2 through Megaforce Records.</p> <p>The album features collaborations with an impressive list of legendary guitarists, including Brian Setzer, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Perry, Gibbons and more. </p> <p>You also might want to check out another song off the album, a searing cover of Elmore James' "I Can't Hold Out" that features Ben Harper. <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-winter-and-ben-harper-cover-elmore-james-i-cant-hold-out-listen">You can hear it here.</a> </p> <p>Winter died July 16 at age 70.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/y_xFok6utbk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/johnny-winter">Johnny Winter</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-winter-and-billy-gibbons-premiere-new-song-where-can-you-be-listen#comments Billy Gibbons Johnny Winter News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:14:48 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22221 Johnny Winter and Ben Harper Cover Elmore James' "I Can't Hold Out" — Listen http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-winter-and-ben-harper-cover-elmore-james-i-cant-hold-out-listen <!--paging_filter--><p>Last month, we lost Johnny Winter, one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time. Winter channeled the classic blues he grew up with and introduced it to generations of new listeners, young and old, with his unmistakable guitar playing. </p> <p>His new album, <em>Step Back</em>, will be released as planned on September 2 through Megaforce Records. It features collaborations with a virtual laundry list of legendary axmen, including Brian Setzer, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Perry and more. </p> <p>Another collaborator on the album was Ben Harper, with whom Winter recorded this searing cover of Elmore James' "I Can't Hold Out." Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the comments section or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IpNPT-tnA0s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/johnny-winter">Johnny Winter</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-winter-and-ben-harper-cover-elmore-james-i-cant-hold-out-listen#comments Ben Harper Elmore James Johnny Winter News Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:32:53 +0000 Jackson Maxwell http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22127 Johnny Winter, Texas Blues Icon, Dead at 70 http://www.guitarworld.com/texas-blues-icon-johnny-winter-dead-70 <!--paging_filter--><p>Texas blues legend Johnny Winter died Wednesday, July 16. He was 70. The cause of death is unknown at this time.</p> <p>This morning, the guitarist's Facebook page offered the following news item, which also was released by his publicist overnight:</p> <p>"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."</p> <p>"As the great blues historian Robert Palmer once bluntly stated, 'Texas's blues pedigree is unsurpassed," wrote <em> Guitar World</em> editor-in-chief Brad Tolinski in the liner notes for Winter's 2013 career-retrospective box set <em>Johnny Winter: True To The Blues</em>. "But of all of these bright lights, perhaps the most electrifying, exotic and resilient Texas export is a snowy white guitarist from Beaumont, whose truth-is-stranger-than-fiction given name is Winter. </p> <p>"For well over five decades, John Dawson 'Johnny' Winter III has produced and played on some of the most exciting blues and rock recordings in the history of both genres. His absolute command of traditional music has earned him the respect of serious musicologists, while his tremendous agility, wicked speed and full-tilt aggression on the electric guitar and acoustic bottleneck has won over several generations of younger rock players looking to cop some the fastest and hottest licks ever committed to tape."</p> <p><em>The Blues</em> magazine editor Ed Mitchell added, "It's no secret Johnny has battled with ill health for many years — but he seemed to transcend that struggle when he played live. No one's slide tone was as sweet, searing, stinging or fiery. Johnny Winter blazing away on a Gibson Firebird is an iconic blues image. He was the greatest slide blues guitarist that ever lived. We'll always have him to thank for pulling Muddy Waters out of his funk in the Seventies and helping him record some of his greatest work: 'Hard Again', 'I'm Ready' and 'King Bee'. All essential."</p> <p>Johnny Winter had been playing electric blues since the Sixties, and his enthusiasm for it only grew with time. </p> <p>"There's never been a point in my life where I was even close to getting tired of playing blues," Winter told <em>Guitar World</em> in 2012 while relaxing in his dressing room at B.B. King's Blues Club in New York City, on tour as usual. "The truth is, I love playing the blues, now more than I ever have before." </p> <p>Johnny, the older brother of Edgar Winter, has always been one of the most respected blues guitarists and championed and aided the careers of older idols, including Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.</p> <p>Winter was born February 23, 1944, in Beaumont, Texas. His recording career began when he was 15; his band, Johnny and the Jammers released "School Day Blues" on a Houston record label. During this same period, he was able to savor performances by blues greats Muddy Waters, B.B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland. In 1967, Winter recorded a single with the Traits, "Tramp" backed with "Parchman Farm." In 1968, he released his first album, <em>The Progressive Blues Experiment</em>, on Austin's Sonobeat Records.</p> <p>His breakthrough came later that year when <em>Rolling Stone</em> featured him in a piece on the Texas music scene, which prompted a bidding war among labels that Columbia eventually won. </p> <p>Winter's first Columbia album, <em>Johnny Winter</em>, was recorded and released in 1969. The album (which featured future Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble bassist Tommy Shannon) featured several of what would become Winter's signature songs, including "Dallas," John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson's "Good Morning Little School Girl" and B.B. King's "Be Careful With a Fool."</p> <p>Winter was set to release a new studio album, <em>Step Back</em>, September 2 via Megaforce Records. The album, the follow-up to 2011's <em>Roots</em>, will feature a host of special guests, including Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, Dr. John, Leslie West, Brian Setzer and Joe Bonnamassa.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Q-JiTOQTk1o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/johnny-winter">Johnny Winter</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/texas-blues-icon-johnny-winter-dead-70#comments Johnny Winter News Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:40:51 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21849 New Johnny Winter Album, 'Step Back,' to Feature Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Brian Setzer, Joe Bonamassa and More http://www.guitarworld.com/new-johnny-winter-album-step-back-feature-eric-clapton-billy-gibbons-brian-setzer-joe-bonamassa-and-more <!--paging_filter--><p>Blues legend Johnny Winter will release a new studio album, <em>Step Back</em>, September 2 via Megaforce Records. The album, the followup to 2011’s <em>Roots</em>, will find Winter exploring a more aggressive vintage-blues style. </p> <p>The album also will feature a host of special guests, including Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, Dr. John, Leslie West, Brian Setzer and Joe Bonnamassa.</p> <p>“If there's good people, other good musicians, people enjoy it. I just love it," Winter says. "[<em>Step Back</em>] is just to bring it to the people of today who haven't listened to the old music. It's better than anything they hear today."</p> <p>Produced by Winter's guitarist, Paul Nelson, <em>Step Back</em> opens with “Unchain My Heart,” which features Winter and his band joined by the Blues Brothers horns. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons is featured on “Where Can You Be.” </p> <p>“I never had the opportunity to jam with him [in the Sixties and Seventies],” Gibbons says. “I was content to remain in awe and admiration.” </p> <p>“If it weren't for Johnny Winter, I would have never picked up the guitar,” adds Aerosmith's Joe Perry, who joins Winter on Lightnin’ Hopkins’ “Mojo Hand.”</p> <p>Other highlights include Winter's guitar and vocal trade-offs with Harper on Willie Dixon’s “Can’t Hold Out (Talk to Me Baby),” Winter and Clapton’s rendition of Bobby Bland’s “Don’t Want No Woman” and Winter and Dr. John honoring Fats Domino with “Blue Monday.” </p> <p>“When you hear that sound come out of that Firebird guitar, you know it can be the one and only Johnny Winter,” says Setzer, who is featured on Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown’s “Okie Dokie Stomp.”</p> <p>Stay tuned for more information!</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/johnny-winter">Johnny Winter</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/new-johnny-winter-album-step-back-feature-eric-clapton-billy-gibbons-brian-setzer-joe-bonamassa-and-more#comments Johnny Winter News Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:15:25 +0000 Jackson Maxwell http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21438 Thirty Veteran Guitarists — Including Slash, Steve Vai and John Petrucci — Choose the Song They'd Most Want to Be Remembered By, Part 2 http://www.guitarworld.com/thirty-veteran-guitarists-including-slash-steve-vai-and-john-petrucci-choose-song-theyd-most-want-be-remembered-part-2 <!--paging_filter--><p><em>From the GW Archive: This feature originally appeared in the May 2002 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. The story has a "time capsule" theme: We asked several veteran guitarists to choose the one song they'd most want to be remembered by after many years. Here we are, 12 years later (Does that qualify as "many"?), opening the time capsule to examine its contents! Enjoy!</em> </p> <p>A few decades ago, NASA sent a probe called <em>Voyager</em> straight out of the solar system. Its mission: to make contact with alien intelligence. </p> <p>The capsule was crammed with artifacts — including greetings in more than 50 languages — intended to convey information about Earth's cultures. But just in case those items failed to communicate across language barriers, NASA also included a recording of Chuck Berry performing his rock and roll masterpiece "Johnny B. Goode." </p> <p>For a while after <em>Voyager's</em> launch, the joke around the agency was that a reply had been received from an alien civilization: "Forget the scientific shit," went the message. "Send more rock and roll!" But what songs should be sent? We at <em>Guitar World</em> decided the logical place to start would be the musicians themselves. </p> <p>In a project that started almost five years ago (hence the inclusion of George Harrison in <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/thirty-guitar-legends-including-eddie-van-halen-dimebag-darrell-and-jeff-beck-choose-song-theyd-most-want-be-remembered-part-1">Part 1</a>), we began asking many of the most influential guitarists in rock, blues and metal one deceptively simple question: "If you had to put one of your songs in a time capsule to be opened sometime in the future, which would you choose, and why?" </p> <p><strong>Check out Part 2 of the story below.</strong><br /> <em><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/thirty-guitar-legends-including-eddie-van-halen-dimebag-darrell-and-jeff-beck-choose-song-theyd-most-want-be-remembered-part-1">Part 1, featuring Eddie Van Halen, Jeff Beck, George Harrison, Dimebag Darrell, Joe Satriani, Kirk Hammett, John Paul Jones and more, is available here.</a></em></p> <p><strong>Dave Mustaine (Megadeth),<br /> "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due"<br /> </strong> <em>Rust in Peace (1990)</em></p> <p>“Because we will never cease trying to dominate one another.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/hhC87Ej-xIA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Steve Vai,<br /> "Love Secrets"</strong><br /> <em>Passion and Warfare (1990)</em></p> <p>"If it's going to be aliens that will discover this piece of music thousands of years from now, I'd pick 'Love Secrets.' The song is an unbridled ride though my imagination. It was void of any contemporary parameters when I wrote it, because the approach I took to composing it was rather unorthodox. </p> <p>"The harmonic structure is very rich; it's a thought-out piece of music, and it's not just a bunch of noise. Somehow, it's very arranged but it's still completely chaotic. </p> <p>"I had a profound dream experience when I was 15 or 16, and the song is the audio reality of that very bizarre and lucid dream stat. After researching this phenomenon, I realized that I was not alone in experiencing incredibly dynamic, rich music in a dream. It was like witnessing a thousand-piece orchestra. </p> <p>"The experience was very intense-it wasn't like I was listening to it with my ears; I was hearing the music with 'inner ears.' The music was <em>raging</em>, and I can't even express what I was experiencing visually. </p> <p>"I tried to reproduce this music, and even though my attempt was a complete failure at best, I still think it's one of the best pieces of music I've ever written. I really think it represents the pinnacle of my ability to combine my spiritual quest in life with my absurd technical inclinations."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rZHjOOAsxtY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Slash (Guns N' Roses),<br /> "Paradise City"</strong><br /> <em>Appetite for Destruction (1987)</em></p> <p>"This is the song that's most indicative of what I'm really into as a musician. One of the things I enjoy about being a guitar player is striving to reach some kind of a goal, even when I'm not sure what that is. </p> <p>And 'Paradise City' was the closest I got to doing what I would consider great, loud, fuckin' riff rock that clocks in at just three minutes. That's where I was headed, and that was the closest I got to realizing my goal in terms of expressing myself on the guitar in GN'R."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zahNMZ1hp9Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Buddy Guy,<br /> "Damn Right, I've Got the Blues"</strong><br /> <em>Damn Right, I've Got the Blues (1991)</em></p> <p>I am especially proud of the lyrics and I really feel them every time I sing this song. If you don’t understand what it’s about, just keep living and you’re going to find out. People think money will make them happy, but if you’re rich you got to worry about keeping it and if you’re poor you got to worry about getting it. That’s why ‘Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues’ is a story that speaks to everyone.</p> <p>“It’s like my pal Bo Diddley said: ‘Even Donald Trump’s got the blues,’ because he has to keep all those women away from his money. Or take Bill Gates: the guy invents ways to make money and every month they try to take him to court for something else. </p> <p>"Someone’s always after him, and that is what they call the blues. It comes to you in all forms and fashions. When I was a kid plowing with a mule, I thought that if I just had $5,000 I’d never have to plow again. I didn’t know you can’t ever get away from it. Damn right.” </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LGpEMPUYUCU?list=PL7507484206994FF7" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne),<br /> "No More Tears"</strong><br /> <em>No More Tears (1991)</em></p> <p>"People seem to like this little ditty. Why? It's a cool tune; I guess the solo's alright, and the guitar tone sounds pretty cool. People ask how I got that low, growling sound at the end of the verses. </p> <p>"It was just a 50-watt amp and a Les Paul with EMG pickups. And I went straight in, didn't run it through anything. When they mixed it, I think they put some SPX90 effect on it. It was in drop-D tuning, and we were at the A=440 pitch. It wasn't like I dropped down to some really low tuning."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ty71dvQog4Q?list=PLA22430B2AC02087E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>John Petrucci (Dream Theater),<br /> "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence"</strong><br /> <em>Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002)</em></p> <p>"I'm very lucky because i can get away with choosing an entire CD — this 42-minute composition is the title song of our new album. </p> <p>"It's an easy choice because it is the best possible representation of both my playing and the band's sound, running the gamut of every facet of our music. And because I co-wrote and co-produced it, I am, of course, particularly attached to it." </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vbwZTNBb6xI?list=PL5F3BBD7241FC6416" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains),<br /> "Rain When I Die"</strong><br /> <em>Dirt (1992)</em></p> <p>"This is a song that makes me feel kind of 'purged' when I play it. I think a lot of our material is like a trip trough a dark place and out the other side. </p> <p>"This is a song about a relationship between a man and a woman.You have that rolling, really dark, heavy snaky riff, and the lyrical content is dark. Yet it's very uplifting in the chorus. For me, the chorus is the resolution, coming out of the darkness."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eYhB8U6paBM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd),<br /> "Simple Man"</strong><br /> <em>Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd (1973)</em></p> <p>“ ‘Simple Man’ says a lot, philosophically. I really think I am a simple man, and that’s the best way to be. Just be yourself and believe in God and find a good woman and don’t worry about getting rich and all that. </p> <p>"That’ll come along with the simple things. I went through the drugs and alcohol and that crap, and I quit it all. I wish it hadn’t taken so long, because it ruins a lot of stuff. It’s a dead-end road, and once you get to the end, you gotta turn around and go all the way back. </p> <p>"But when it’s all over, it’s great and you really do get grounded and realize it’s about making music—so enjoy the process.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Xqp1U6RoQaw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Kerry King (Slayer),<br /> "Payback"</strong><br /> <em>God Hates Us All (2001)</em></p> <p>“On this record I tried to write more directly about feelings that people have every day, so they don’t have to wonder what I’m talking about and how it relates to them. I think fans are going to hear a song like ‘Payback’ and say, ‘Man, that was me the other day!’ </p> <p>"‘Payback’ was written because everybody at some point in their lives has been wronged, pissed off or cut down by somebody—it’s a feeling everybody knows. </p> <p>"I wanted to pick some dark subjects that would be appropriate on a Slayer record and make them more personal and see if this stuff means more to the fans than some of the stuff on our earlier records.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/oRkidxfz0PY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Dickey Betts (The Allman Brothers Band),<br /> "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed"</strong><br /> <em>Idlewild South (1970)</em></p> <p>“It’s an awfully strong piece of music in that it allows all of the other players to have something they can really participate in. </p> <p>"It offers a lot of room for players to express themselves, and all of the musicians that have played in the Allman Brothers over the years have loved to play that song. It’s true for me too; we all really enjoy the improvisation that the song allows.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NRu9nFdIXQc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Andy Summers (The Police),<br /> "Message In A Bottle"</strong><br /> <em>Regggatta De Blanc (1979)</em></p> <p>“I think, as a pop song, ‘Message’ has perfect form, with just enough alternation between tension and release to maintain the listener’s interest. Plus, the strong forward motion of the guitar riff maintains excitement all the way through the song. </p> <p>"The lyrics are among Sting’s best—the graphic image of a man alone on an island, the message in a bottle as a metaphor for loneliness, and the surreal image of a hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore to indicate how much loneliness is out there. It also has what I consider Stewart [Copeland]’s finest drum track. </p> <p>"When we recorded it, we learned how to keep the energy of the music up by doing a take and keeping the tape going while we rolled right into another take. For a while we opened our shows with ‘Message,’ and it always made us feel great and totally blew the audience away. To me, the sound of this song is the Police.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Xhwq0iPLSSc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Peter Frampton,<br /> "Do You Feel Like We Do"</strong><br /> <em>Frampton Comes Alive (1976)</em></p> <p>“It started as a song about a hangover. I woke up with a wineglass by the bed and then went to rehearsal with a hangover. </p> <p>"I started playing these chords I’d come up with on the acoustic the night before—D-F-C-G-D—which became the chorus. I added this riff we’d been jamming on in rehearsal, and it all came together. The guys in the band said, ‘C’mon, Pete, write some words—it’s almost there.’ </p> <p>"I said I couldn’t, that I had this really bad hangover. They said, ‘Well, sing about that.’ So I started with, ‘Woke up this morning with a wineglass in my hand.’ Nowadays that’s as far as I get before the audience takes over and sings the whole thing. </p> <p>"When I emphasize the second ‘you’ in the chorus, ‘Do you—you…’ everybody’s arm is in the air, pointing. I didn’t know it when I wrote it, but when I start involving the audience, then the personal suddenly becomes universal. And then it’s not my song anymore—it’s everybody’s.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_EWuWfMdkG0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Scott Ian (Anthrax),<br /> "Only"</strong><br /> <em>Sound of White Noise (1983)</em></p> <p>“Because [Metallica’s] James Hetfield told me it was a perfect song.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Us_IxW5LcvY?list=PLBC21440B4095BBEF" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Kenny Wayne Shepherd,<br /> "While We Cry"</strong><br /> <em>Ledbetter Heights (1995)</em></p> <p>“I was going to say ‘Blue on Black,’ but I went with this one instead, partly because it’s an instrumental. Years from now words, language, may be totally different, but people will still be able to understand the emotion in an instrumental like ‘Why We Cry.’ </p> <p>"I mean, we still feel what Mozart and Bach’s music was about 300 years later. </p> <p>"When the guitar is the only voice in an instrumental or a solo, I can get into a state where the music just flows out of me. And when it’s time to wind down, it almost takes me down with it.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6YF4XlfoXCI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Jimmie Vaughan,<br /> "Planet Bongo"</strong><br /> <em>Do You Get The Blues? (2001)</em></p> <p>“ ‘Planet Bongo’ sums up everything that’s influenced me in music in a single song. </p> <p>"It’s me looking at exactly where I’m from through a pair of blues-tinted sunglasses. It’s all American; you could pick the song apart and find blues, jazz and gospel elements but nothing that’s not uniquely of this country. It’s not going to change the world, but it will help make it a little bit of a more fun place to be.”</p> <p><strong>Johnny Winter,<br /> "Be Careful With A Fool"</strong><br /> <em>Johnny Winter (1969)</em></p> <p>“I don’t really know why I’d pick this song, but I think it has a lot of soul and a lot of that good blues feeling. </p> <p>"I also think it represents my sound and my style of guitar playing well. I learned it from B.B. King’s original version, which I love.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/R-J60ItbBU0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam),<br /> "Nothingman"</strong><br /> <em>Vitalogy (1994)</em></p> <p>"The way this song came together, the way it sounds, the simplicity of it and the intention behind how it came about are all connected. It was a period of time when everybody in the band was a little frustrated. </p> <p>"All of us had been writing, and I knew Jeff [<em>Ament, Bass</em>] was in the studio with this song he had been working on. </p> <p>"So I dropped by to see if I could add some stuff — and within 20 minutes we had that song worked out. With that song, everybody in the band really took some steps toward each other, and something beautiful came out of it."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Chr2Hg5qNl4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/slash">Slash</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/john-petrucci">John Petrucci</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/johnny-winter">Johnny Winter</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dave-mustaine">Dave Mustaine</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/peter-frampton">Peter Frampton</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/lynyrd-skynyrd">Lynyrd Skynyrd</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/thirty-veteran-guitarists-including-slash-steve-vai-and-john-petrucci-choose-song-theyd-most-want-be-remembered-part-2#comments GW Archive John Petrucci Johnny Winter May 2002 Peter Frampton Slash Steve Vai Zakk Wylde Interviews News Features Magazine Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:34:35 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19772 Dear Guitar Hero: Johnny Winter Talks Gibson Firebirds, Muddy Waters, "Highway 61 Revisited" and More http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-johnny-winter-talks-gibson-firebirds-muddy-waters-highway-61-revisited-and-more <!--paging_filter--><p>He’s an albino blues guitarist who’s jammed with Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman. But what <em>Guitar World</em> readers really want to know is …</p> <p><strong>How old were you when you started playing blues? — Gene E. Levi</strong></p> <p>I was probably around 12 years old. I started out playing ukulele, but when I was around 10, my father encouraged me to move to guitar. </p> <p>He thought I’d have a better chance for success with the guitar, and he was right! I found a great teacher who was into Chet Atkins and country music who got me into playing with a thumb pick, which I still use today. </p> <p>But my life really changed when I heard Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. They wiped me out! I never heard nothing like that before. After that, I started buying every blues record I could find and learning licks every chance I had. I couldn’t get enough of the blues.</p> <p><strong>Before you signed your first major record deal, you spent quite a few years playing clubs. What was the roughest or worst club you ever played? — Billy Houston</strong></p> <p>We played a lot of bad places, but I remember this club in Galveston, Texas, back in ’65 that was particularly nasty. This huge drunk guy kept staggering over to me and demanding that I play “Midnight Hour.” I told him, “Man, we already played it twice.” </p> <p>He said, “Well, I didn’t hear it, and if you don’t play it I’m gonna rush the bandstand and tear up everything!” True to his word, he started charging me, so I took off my guitar, grabbed it by the neck and swung it like a baseball bat and hit him in the head and knocked him completely out! It was a good thing, too, because he was big.</p> <p>I spent a lot of time playing the Louisiana club circuit, and in many ways it was rougher than Texas. My band had to play behind chicken wire, because people used to throw things at us. Even if they liked what you were playing, they’d still throw bottles at you just for the fun of it. There’s a scene in the Blues Brothers movie that shows what that was like. Most people think John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made that up, but bands played behind chicken wire all the time. </p> <p><strong>Freddie King, Albert Collins, T-Bone Walker and so many other great blues players have come from Texas. Was it something in the water? — Charles Whitehouse </strong></p> <p>When you come from a place where there are a lot of great players, it forces you to get good real fast. There’s a gunfighter tradition in Texas—you gotta be better than the other guy, or else you’re finished.</p> <p><strong>You’re one of the great innovators of slide guitar. What kind of slide do you use, and what finger do you use it on? Also, do you have a favorite slide song? — Alex Williams</strong></p> <p>I was practicing in New York City at S.I.R. Studios and a guy made me a slide by hacking up some drum hardware. He made me just one, and I really like it, so I’ve never lost it. I wear my slide on my little finger, and through the years I’ve played primarily in open A or open E. These days, I tend to favor open E, especially live, I think partly because I’m too lazy to carry another guitar around. </p> <p>One of the greatest slide guitar performances I’ve ever heard is Blind Willie Johnson’s “Dark Was the Night (Cold Was the Ground).” The way his slide mimics his vocals and vice versa always gives me the chills. It’s maybe the deepest blues performance I’ve ever heard.</p> <p><strong>You’ve played some left-of-center guitars through the years—a Gibson Firebird, a Fender Mustang and a Lazer made by Mike Erlewine. Can you tell me what you liked about each of those guitars? — “The Mack”</strong></p> <p>They were all just really good guitars. I was initially attracted to the Firebird because I liked the way it looked, and when I played it I discovered I liked the way it sounded, too. The Firebird is the best of all worlds. It feels like a Gibson, but it sounds closer to a Fender than most other Gibsons. I was never a big fan of humbucking pickups, but the mini-humbuckers on the Firebird have a little more bite and treble.</p> <p>People always ask me about the Lazer. When I first bought one, I thought I was just going to use it as a travel guitar. But the first day I plugged it in, it sounded so good I wanted to use it for a gig that night. It had .010s on it, and I’m used to .009s, so I tuned it down one whole step to make it easier to play. I kept thinking that I would switch back—but I just never did. I like how it sounds, and the bonus is I break fewer strings. </p> <p><strong>You produced and played on several albums with the legendary Muddy Waters. What did you get from that experience? — Warren Waterman</strong></p> <p>Muddy just had such extraordinary presence and naked emotion in his voice and slide guitar playing, especially on a slow blues. When I worked with him, I was amazed at how fast he worked. You had to stay on your toes and know what you were doing, ’cause he never wanted to do more than one or two takes of a song. Luckily for me, Muddy always nailed it in one or two takes.</p> <p>That attitude sort of rubbed off on me. In many ways, I’m pretty similar. I’ve discovered if you have to do more than a few takes, all the life goes out of the performance. </p> <p><strong>You just released a really great box set of your work, <em>True to the Blues</em>. In the liner notes Eddie Van Halen calls “Be Careful with a Fool” one of his favorite songs. I can understand that—it’s pretty damn fast! What are some of your favorite moments? — Ray Lauerman, Jr.</strong></p> <p>I liked my version of B.B King’s “Be Careful with a Fool” too. It’s a great song, and I think I did a pretty good job of it. I played a lot of fast licks on that one, but I wasn’t trying to show off. Speed is just something that always felt right to me. I was playing what I heard in my head.</p> <p><strong>Can we expect a new album anytime soon? It’s been a while. — Mark Jenkins</strong></p> <p>We’re in the process of mixing a new one, and it should come out in April. I think it’s gonna surprise a lot of people. I’m calling it <em>Step Back</em>, and I invited some of my favorite guitarists to play with me on a bunch of tracks, including Billy Gibbons, Eric Clapton, Joe Perry, Mark Knopfler and Joe Bonamassa. I don’t want to give too much away, but for example, Eric joins me on the Bobby “Blue” Bland classic “I Don’t Want No Woman.” </p> <p><strong>One of your signature songs is your cover of Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61.” What inspired you to play that one? — Dale Showler</strong></p> <p>I’ve always been a big Bob Dylan fan. You can’t be my age without loving Bob Dylan. We’d been doing the song in clubs for quite a while, but I didn’t play it with a slide until I recorded it in the studio. It worked out real well.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/johnny-winter">Johnny Winter</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-johnny-winter-talks-gibson-firebirds-muddy-waters-highway-61-revisited-and-more#comments Dear Guitar Hero Johnny Winter March 2014 Interviews News Features Magazine Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:01:28 +0000 Brad Tolinski http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20919 Exclusive Video: Johnny Winter Performs "Highway 61 Revisited" from Deluxe 'Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert' DVD http://www.guitarworld.com/exclusive-video-johnny-winter-performs-highway-61-revisited-deluxe-bob-dylan-30th-anniversary-concert-dvd <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the premiere of a vintage clip of blues great Johnny Winter in action.</p> <p>In the video, which you can check out below, the slide guitar master performs a truly rocking version of Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" on October 16, 1992.</p> <p>That's the day a slew of respected artists — from George Harrison to Johnny Cash to Neil Young — got together at New York City's Madison Square Garden to celebrate Bob Dylan's 30th anniversary as a recording artist. </p> <p>The concert was released as an album and video in 1993. On March 4, however, Columbia Records and Legacy Recording will release <em>Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration — Deluxe Edition</em> in three configurations: 2CD, 2DVD and Blu-ray.</p> <p>The 2DVD/Blu-ray versions of the show, which were struck from a new high-def video master with remastered audio, include 40 minutes of previously unreleased material, including behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage, interviews and more (The new material includes Eric Clapton's soundcheck performance of "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright.") It also marks the show's first appearance on DVD.</p> <p>The DVD includes performances by Winter, Harrison (making his first U.S. concert appearance in 18 years), Clapton (whose performance earned a spot in <em>Guitar World</em>'s guide to Clapton's 50 best guitar moments in the March 2014 issue), Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, the Band, Lou Reed, Richie Havens, Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, Tom Petty &amp; the Heartbreakers, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Ron Wood, Chrissie Hynde, Eddie Vedder and more. </p> <p>To pre-order the DVD, visit <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&amp;docId=1001297451">amazon.com</a>.</p> <p>Earlier this week, Legacy Recordings released a career-spanning box set by Winter — <em>True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story</em>. You can check out our exclusive premiere of a track from the box set — "Eyesight to the Blind," as performed at the 1970 Atlanta International Pop Festival — right here. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/True-To-Blues-Johnny-Winter/dp/B00GSGT7G8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1393518443&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=the+johnny+winter+story">The box set is available here.</a></p> <p>For more about Winter, visit <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Johnny-Winter/58833032349">his Facebook page.</a> For more about Sony Legacy, visit <a href="http://www.legacyrecordings.com/a/#/home/">legacyrecordings.com</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/blues-sub-offer">[[ Guitar World’s Blues Greats Subscription Offer: Get one year of Guitar World plus a new digital EP, 'Legacy Recordings Presents: Blues Greats! 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That will change February 25, when Sony Legacy releases <em>True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story</em>, a new career-spanning box set.</p> <p>The set captures Winters' most electrifying performances — and celebrates the guitarist's 70th birthday, which happens to fall on February 23.</p> <p>As for the song, you might know it best from its appearance on the Who's <em>Tommy</em> album and film. The 12-bar blues staple, which was written and recorded by Sonny Boy Williamson II in 1951, also has been covered by Aerosmith, the Smithereens, Gary Moore, Eric Clapton and many others. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/win-ultimate-johnny-winter-vip-experience">Be sure to check out the track below. And while you're at it, enter for a chance to win a signed copy of <em>True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story</em> right here!</a></strong></p> <p>For more about Winter, visit <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Johnny-Winter/58833032349">his Facebook page.</a> To pre-order the box set, visit <a href="http://www.amazon.com/True-Blues-Johnny-Winter-Story/dp/B00GSGT7G8/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1392305162&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=True+to+the+Blues%3A+The+Johnny+Winter+Story">Amazon.com</a>. For more about Sony Legacy, visit <a href="http://www.legacyrecordings.com/a/#/home/">legacyrecordings.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/129318810%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-0Cv1K&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p> <p><em>Photo: Sony Music Archives</em></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/blues-sub-offer">[[ Guitar World’s Blues Greats Subscription Offer: Get one year of Guitar World plus a new digital EP, 'Legacy Recordings Presents: Blues Greats! Past &amp; Present,' featuring “Dallas" by Johnny Winter! ]]</a></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/johnny-winter">Johnny Winter</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/exclusive-hear-johnny-winter-perform-eyesight-blind-1970-atlanta-pop-festival#comments Johnny Winter News Features Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:51:05 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20480 Dear Guitar Hero: Submit Your Questions for Johnny Winter! http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-submit-your-questions-johnny-winter <!--paging_filter--><p>Got a question for your favorite guitarist? Let us be your go-between. The concept is easy — you submit your queries and we pass them on to some of the world's greatest guitarists. Only the sharpest and funniest questions will be used.</p> <p>This month, we're giving you the chance to ask legendary blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter anything you want! </p> <p>Just email your questions to <a href="mailto:dearguitarhero@guitarworld.com?Subject=Johnny%20Winter">dearguitarhero@guitarworld.com</a> and put "Johnny Winter" in the subject line. Remember to include your name in the email body, so you can get credited in the magazine, and impress and annoy your jealous friends!</p> <p>Watch Johnny Winter perform a ripping version of Bob Dylan's "Highway 61" live in 1984:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Q-JiTOQTk1o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/johnny-winter">Johnny Winter</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-submit-your-questions-johnny-winter#comments Dear Guitar Hero Johnny Winter News Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:42:47 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20062