Newtown, Connecticut, blues-rocker Jay Willie doesn’t hide the fact that the biggest influence in his life is the late Johnny Winter.
But despite its title, Willie's new album—Johnny’s Juke Joint—isn’t a tribute album; it's far more than that.
Although some of Winter’s influence peaks through occasionally, Johnny’s Juke Joint is a well-conceived collection of covers and originals delivered with gusto from a fresh point of view. It features stellar guest appearances from new-age harmonica master Jason Ricci, who’s appeared on all three of the band’s albums.
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