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For over 40 years, Johnny Winter has been a guitar hero without equal. Signing to Columbia records in 1969, Johnny immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues a prime combination for the legions of fans just discovering the blues via the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. Throughout the '70s and '80s, Johnny was the unofficial torch-bearer for the blues, championing and aiding the careers of his idols like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. Though now residing in New England, Winter remains a native Texan, born and bred in Beaumont, the town where the famous Spindletop gusher came in to kick off the "black gold" rush in 1901. Growing up in rough-and-tumble town populated by oilfield wildcatters and shipyard workers, he spent long hours listening to a local deejay named J.P

ARTICLE: BLUES DELUXE

Spring 2020

Read "Spring 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette

Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. David Clayton-Thomas Say Somethin' Linus Entertainment 2020 Circa “Spinnin' Wheel" plus “And When I Die," ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gregg Allman: Laid Back Deluxe Edition

Read "Laid Back Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

Gregg Allman's first solo album, Laid Back (Capricorn, 1973), is the ideal candidate for a Deluxe Edition reissue and remaster. Not only is the record an exquisite, one-of-a-kind piece of work in its original form, but the backstory is eminently worth telling as it sheds light not only on the creation of the album itself, but ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Alligator founder provides blues fans insider look at running of label

Read "Alligator founder provides blues fans insider look at running of label" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Bitten By the Blues: The Alligator Records Story Bruce Iglauer with Patrick A. Roberts 338 Pages ISBN: 9780226129907 University of Chicago Press 2018 Bruce Iglauer's autobiographical history of Alligator Records is, in many ways, a story about technological change as much as it is about music. Yet, ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Walter Trout: Thriving With The Blues

Read "Walter Trout: Thriving With The Blues" reviewed by Jim Worsley

I considered using the word surviving, instead of thriving, in the title. However, as you will see, Walter Trout has done much more than “just survive" his real life blues. Trout speaks candidly about his struggles and near fatal experience with liver disease and the ensuing transplant. He also spoke with humor, vigor, and a renewed ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Beth Hart at the Historic Wuppertal Statehouse

Read "Beth Hart at the Historic Wuppertal Statehouse" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Beth Hart Band Historic Statehouse Wuppertal, Germany May 24, 2017 It is interesting how sometimes, when performed properly, the most tragic, heartbroken blues can be thoroughly inspiring. Beth Hart verified the truth in that improbable contradiction many times during a superb show. Hart is known for soaring ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jeannie Tanner: Words And Music

Read "Words And Music" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Chicago-based Composer, vocalist and trumpeter Jeannie Tanner has produced quite an album. Not just one but two CDs spanning nineteen songs all of which were entirely composed by Tanner, hence the title of the record. No fewer than twelve guest vocalists were enlisted for this project some of whom doubled on an instrument such as Elaine ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEW

Live in Sweden 1987

Read "Live in Sweden 1987" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Johnny Winter Live in Sweden 1987 MVD Visual 2016 * * * * C'era la neve a Stoccolma, a gennaio del 1987. E questa non è certo una novità. Ma nella capitale svedese c'erano anche Johnny Winter e il suo trio, senza dimenticare che a sorpresa era stato coinvolto per ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEW

Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty

Read "Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty" reviewed by Doug Collette

Johnny Winter Down & Dirty Megaforce Records2016 Johnny Winter's life and times were so colorful that even a painstakingly conceived and executed documentary such as Down & Dirty almost begs credibility. Yet as closely as the film delves into the albino bluesman's lifestyle in his later years, on the road and ...


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