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Johnny Winter and Ben Harper Cover Elmore James' "I Can't Hold Out" — Listen

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.

His new album, Step Back, 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.

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!

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.