3 Sep 2014

Marty Duda's artist of the week - Johnny Winter

From Nine To Noon, 11:07 am on 3 September 2014

Blues-rocker Johnny Winter passed away while on tour in Switzerland this past July. Winter was one of the hottest blues guitarist of the late 60s, the subject of a fierce bidding war between record labels, a stand-out at Woodstock and an interpreter of songs by Dylan, The Stones and John Lennon, among many others. His version of Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited is considered his signature tune and The Rolling Stones wrote Silver Train expressly for Winter. An albino with long, thin hair, Johnny and his brother Edgar Winter were among the most exciting performers of the 1970s. A student of the blues, Johnny produced several albums by his idol, Muddy Waters. His latest, posthumous album, Step Back, features Johnny playing old favourites with a bevy of guitar-slinging guests such as Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Billy Gibbons and Joe Perry. Johnny Winter has a new, posthumous album out this week.