Johnny through the years: On Tuesday (5/26), Shout! Factory will release The Johnny Winter Anthology, a two-disc, 35-track collection that spans Johnny’s entire career and includes tunes like “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo,” “Still Alive and Well” and “Silver Train.”
Click here to view the complete track listing.
From Shout! Factory:
Take a few minutes to imagine a 130-pound, cross-eyed albino bluesman with long fleecy hair playing some of the gutsiest blues guitar you have ever heard, effused a Rolling Stone cover story in December 1968, in an overview of Texas music focused on Austin, where RS had run across 24-year-old blues dynamo Johnny Winter and his trio ripping up a local club. Johnny’s first taste of national publicity ran to just three short paragraphs, but they would nonetheless alter the then-struggling electric blues flash’s life forever.
In fact, within a year Johnny would be one of the top concert draws in America. But while the lanky albino blues rocker from Beaumont seemed like an overnight sensation to throngs of newfound fans on both sides of the Atlantic, Winter had already toiled the better part of a decade to get there.
This anthology’s opening track, “Rollin’ And Tumblin’” displays the blues ferocity RS had run across in Austin. Backed by drummer John “Red” Turner and bassist Tommy Shannon (who’d play the same role in Stevie Ray Vaughan’s own Texas trio a decade later), Winter’s snarling voice and aggressive, wildly expressive playing rebuffed the British Invasion’s claim on American blues with a vengeance. Recorded at the (apparently empty) Vulcan Gas Company club for indie Sonophone, The Progressive Blues Experiment established the template for subsequent Winter triumphs that carried him far beyond his humble Southern origins.
Woodstock revisited: June 30 will mark the release of a special (and long overdue) piece of music history — Johnny’s complete Woodstock performance. Johnny Winter: The Woodstock Experience is finally seeing the light of day thanks to Legacy Recordings and Woodstock Ventures (www.woodstock.com), which will also release sets from the fabled 1969 festival by Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Santana and Sly & the Family Stone.
Johnny’s release will be a double-disc offering that features the original Johnny Winter album, along with a second disc with his complete Woodstock performance (and seven previously unreleased cuts)! The eco-friendly, all-paper package will be an individually-numbered collector’s edition featuring a 16 x 20” poster of Johnny captured in performance.
Johnny in Europe: Tonight he’ll play a show in Switzerland, then he’ll be off until Thursday (5/21), when he begins a run of nine performances in the U.K. before hitting Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway. For a complete list of Johnny’s current tour dates, click here.
40 Years of Johnny: Click here for a great recap of Johnny’s life and times by Jerry McCulley of Gibson.com.
Johnny at JazzFest: This weekend, all roads lead to the Big Easy. Johnny will play the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Saturday, and the performance will mark his last scheduled U.S. appearance until June.
Johnny and Muddy, together again: April 21 marks the Shout! Factory release of Muddy Waters: Live at ChicagoFest, an electrifying 1981 performance at Chicago’s top outdoor music festival. One of the legendary bluesman’s last great performances, this 56-minute DVD features 12 performances, including Waters classics like “Mannish Boy,” “Baby Please Don’t Go,” “Trouble No More” and “Got My Mojo Working.” Johnny also gets into the act, handling vocal duties on “Going Down Slow” and “You’ve Got to Love Her With a Feeling.”
Johnny and the Allmans: If you enjoyed Johnny’s guest spot with the Allman Brothers band on March 10, be advised that you can take it home with you. That performance — along with all the other star-studded gigs from the ABB’s 2009 stand — are now available on CD. Click here for more information.
On the road: After JazzFest, Johnny will be off until mid-May, when he’ll embark on a three-week tour of Europe that includes scheduled stops in Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway.
For a complete list of Johnny’s current tour dates, click here.
DVD reviewed: Check out this comprehensive About.com review of Johnny’s ‘Live Through the ’70s.’
On the road: Johnny will return to the stage this Thursday (3/26) at The Klein in Bridgeport, Connecticut. On Friday (3/27), he’ll play Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, followed by shows Saturday (3/28) at The Community Theatre at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts in Morristown, New Jersey, and Sunday (3/29) at The Capital One Bank Theatre in Westbury, New York. Johnny will share the bill with the Edgar Winter Band for all four shows!
In early April, Johnny will do a midwest swing, including gigs at Harrah’s St. Louis Casino in Maryland Heights, Missouri (Thursday, 4/2); Harrah’s North in Kansas City, Missouri (Friday, 4/3); and the Horshoe Casino/Whiskey Roadhouse in Council Bluffs, Iowa (Saturday, 4/4).
For a complete list of Johnny’s tour dates, click here.