Johnny Winter to Release New Album, 'Roots,' in September

Legendary guitarist (and first ever Guitar World cover star) Johnny Winter will release a new studio album on September 27 via Megaforce Records. Titled Roots, the album returns Winter to his roots by paying homage to the iconic blues heroes whose pioneering music influenced Winter’s own sound and style.

Roots is the follow-up to his Grammy-nominated 2004 album, I’m a Blues Man.

Special guests confirmed for the album include Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, John Popper, Jimmy Vivino, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, John Medeski and Johnny's brother Edgar Winter. The album features covers of songs by Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Ray Charles, T-Bone Walker and more.

Track listing and special guests for Roots:

  • 1) T-Bone Shuffle (featuring Sonny Landreth on slide guitar)
  • 2) Further On Up The Road (featuring Jimmy Vivino on guitar)
  • 3) Done Somebody Wrong (featuring Warren Haynes on slide guitar)
  • 4) Got My Mojo Workin'
  • 5) Last Night (featuring John Popper on harp)
  • 6) Maybellene (featuring Vince Gill on guitar)
  • 7) Bright Lights, Big City (featuring Susan Tedeschi on lead guitar/
  • vocals)
  • 8) Honky Tonk (featuring Edgar Winter on sax)
  • 9) Dust My Broom (featuring Derek Trucks on slide guitar)
  • 10) Short Fat Fannie (featuring Paul Nelson on guitar)
  • 11) Come Back Baby (featuring John Medeski on organ)

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Josh Hart

Josh Hart is a former web producer and staff writer for Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado magazines (2010–2012). He has since pursued writing fiction under various pseudonyms while exploring the technical underpinnings of journalism, now serving as a senior software engineer for The Seattle Times.