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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Johnny Winter Dead?

It has been reported that Johnny Winter, a young man of 70 and currently on tour has passed.

This was announced by Sugar Blue, a super harp player during his show at Rosa's Lounge this evening.  I have not found any other specific references to this information or been able to substantiate this claim and at this point believe that it is not true. I will report back as soon as I have determined the facts but at this point I am with his fans around the world praying that he is "Still Alive and Well"! Rock on Johnny!!  

New Johnny Winter Studio Release “Step Back” out Sept. 2nd

July 4th, 2014

Johnny Winter releases perhaps his greatest album on September 2, 2014! Step Back features an amazing list of musical guests and takes Johnny back to a more aggressive style of blues… one that helped shape the musical icon. Produced by Paul Nelson.
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Step Back Track Listing
1. Unchain My Heart – Johnny Winter
2. Can’t Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby) – Johnny Winter with Ben Harper
3. Don’t Want No Woman – Johnny Winter with Eric Clapton
4. Killing Floor – Johnny Winter with Paul Nelson
5. Who Do You Love – Johnny Winter
6. Okie Dokie Stomp – Johnny Winter with Brian Setzer
7. Where Can You Be – Johnny Winter with Billy Gibbons
8. Sweet Sixteen – Johnny Winter with Joe Bonamassa
9. Death Letter -Johnny Winter
10. My Babe – Johnny Winter with Jason Ricci
11. Long Tall Sally – Johnny Winter with Leslie West
12. Mojo Hand – Johnny Winter with Joe Perry
13. Blue Monday – Johnny Winter with Dr. John

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  1. Yes, Johnny is dead. I've gotten it from a couple sources now. Died in Zurich Switzerland. Sugar Blue is an honest guy and certainly would not have made the announcement if it was a hoax. Glad I got to see him play before he left us. Normally I'd say may he rest in peace but I know Muddy has been waiting for him to jam again.

  2. Johnny Winter was my favorite performer and recording artist. I saw him over 75 times. In 2009 I was lucky enough to win a signed guitar and my wife and I got to go backstage to meet him, (at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey). I saw him perform with blues men Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry, Willie Dixon, Mighty Joe Young, Son Seals, James Cotton, Junior Wells, and Buddy Guy; (among many others).
    I was able to see him at Foghat's Blues Tribute, (for the NYPL); and the John Lee Hooker Tribute at Madison Square Garden. He showed up for the Muddy Waters Tribute at Radio City Music Hall. I was also present for the first Muddy Waters tour, (James Cotton, Muddy Waters, Bob Margolin, Pinetop Perkins, etc.), at the Palladium.
    But most of the gigs were just Johnny and his band. He was the greatest guitar player of them all. I am still amazed by the recordings to this day. I was in awe at his shows.
    I bought my first Johnny Winter album in 1973, (Still Alive and Well). I saw him for the first time in 1975, (on a bill with Leslie West and Alice Cooper at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City).
    His election into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is now past due. (But they should get it done anyway.)
    I will miss Johnny Winter. The world is an emptier place without him.