The album: "JOHNNY WINTER - Raisin Cain" was produced by: Steve Paul. This album features a mix of original songs and covers of classic blues songs, such as "Sweet Little Angel" and "It's My Own Fault". The album received positive reviews from critics and was well received by Winter's fans. It features a mix of rock, blues and country music. Some of the songs on the album were written by Johnny Winter himself, while others were written by other musicians. The album was produced by Dan Hartman and Johnny Winter himself.

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Album Description:

The world of blues music has witnessed numerous virtuosos, but few can match the sheer intensity and raw talent of Johnny Winter. With his searing guitar skills, distinctive voice, and unparalleled stage presence, Winter solidified his place as a blues legend. One of his most revered works, the 12" vinyl LP album "Raisin Cain", produced by Steve Paul, stands as a testament to Winter's artistry and enduring influence.

A Fusion of Originals and Blues Classics:
"Raisin Cain" showcases Johnny Winter's ability to blend original compositions with classic blues covers. The album strikes a delicate balance between showcasing Winter's songwriting prowess and paying homage to the genre's roots. Listeners are treated to a tapestry of blues styles, delivered with the passion and finesse that defined Winter's career.

From the haunting "Sweet Little Angel" to the seething "It's My Own Fault", Winter's interpretations of blues classics captivate with their intensity. He infuses these songs with his signature guitar solos, effortlessly capturing the essence of the originals while adding his own unique flair.

Original Songs: A Testament to Winter's Songwriting Talents:
Alongside the blues standards, "Raisin Cain" features Winter's own compositions, which demonstrate his songwriting prowess. From the gritty, foot-stomping opener "The Crawl" to the soulful and introspective "Guess I'll Go Away", Winter's original tracks deliver a diverse range of emotions and showcase his versatility as a musician.

The album also includes the electrifying "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo", a standout track that became a career-defining hit for Winter. This infectious anthem perfectly encapsulates his ability to fuse blues with rock elements, captivating audiences worldwide.

The Art of Guitar Mastery:
One of the album's defining characteristics is Johnny Winter's exceptional guitar skills. His virtuosity is on full display throughout "Raisin Cain", as he effortlessly navigates intricate riffs, blazing solos, and soulful melodies. Winter's guitar work serves as a testament to his technical ability and deep understanding of the blues tradition.

Production by Steve Paul:
Steve Paul, renowned for his work with blues musicians, including Johnny Winter's brother, Edgar Winter, served as the producer of "Raisin Cain". Paul's expertise and understanding of the blues genre shine through in the album's production. His collaboration with Winter resulted in a sonically rich and captivating experience, allowing the raw energy and emotion of the performances to take center stage.

The Timelessness of "Raisin Cain":
Decades after its release, "Raisin Cain" remains a cornerstone of Johnny Winter's illustrious discography. The album's enduring appeal lies in its ability to transport listeners into the heart of the blues. Winter's unmatched talent, combined with his deep respect for the genre's traditions, creates an experience that resonates with fans old and new.

Music Genre:

 Prog Blues Rock 

Album Production Information:

The album: "JOHNNY WINTER - Raisin Cain" was produced by: Steve Paul

Steve Paul (Born Stephen Neal Paul 28 April 1941 – 21 October 2012)) is an influential figure in the music industry, best known for his role as the manager of the renowned rock and blues musicians Johnny Winter and Edgar Winter. Throughout his career, Paul played a vital role in shaping the success and careers of these talented brothers, helping them reach new heights in the music world. With his keen business acumen and deep passion for music, Steve Paul left an indelible mark on the industry and the lives of the artists he represented.


Early Life and Career Beginnings:

Paul was born in The Bronx, New York City, to a high school principal and a homemaker. He attended Dobbs Ferry High School in Dobbs Ferry, New York, where he graduated at the age of 16. He began his career at the age of 17 doing public relations for a New York City restaurant and Peppermint Lounge.

Born in the mid-20th century, Steve Paul grew up with a profound love for music. His fascination with the blues, in particular, led him to explore the vibrant music scenes in his hometown of New York City.

In the early 1964, Paul opened a blues club called The Scene in Greenwich Village, which soon became a mecca for both established and up-and-coming musicians. The club quickly gained a reputation for showcasing remarkable talent, attracting legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton, and The Rolling Stones.

Managerial Role:

Paul was the one-time manager of Johnny Winter, among other related performers, as well as being the owner of The Scene, a popular New York City club from 1964 to 1970, and the founder of Blue Sky Records. In 1969, Paul founded Blue Sky Records, an independent record label. The label released albums by Winter, Hendrix, and other artists. Blue Sky Records was eventually acquired by Atlantic Records in 1972.

Steve Paul's journey as a manager began when he discovered the immense talent of Johnny Winter, a blues guitarist and singer known for his electrifying performances. Recognizing Johnny's potential, Paul took him under his wing and became his manager. He worked tirelessly to secure record deals, book tours, and promote Johnny's music to a wider audience.

Paul's keen eye for talent didn't stop with Johnny Winter. He also recognized the exceptional musical abilities of Johnny's younger brother, Edgar Winter, who played multiple instruments and possessed a distinctive musical style. Inspired by his brother's success, Edgar embarked on his own solo career. Steve Paul recognized the potential in Edgar as well and became his manager, guiding him through the music industry and helping him establish his unique musical identity.

Contributions and Achievements:

Under Steve Paul's guidance, both Johnny and Edgar Winter achieved remarkable success. Johnny Winter, known for his virtuosic guitar skills and soulful voice, became one of the most respected blues-rock musicians of his time. He released numerous critically acclaimed albums, including "Johnny Winter" and "Second Winter". Paul's managerial expertise ensured that Johnny secured record deals with major labels, toured extensively, and gained recognition worldwide.

Meanwhile, Edgar Winter flourished as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. His versatility and genre-bending style, incorporating elements of rock, jazz, and blues, captivated audiences and set him apart as a true musical innovator. With Steve Paul's guidance, Edgar released his groundbreaking album "They Only Come Out at Night", which included the chart-topping instrumental "Frankenstein" and the timeless hit "Free Ride".


Steve Paul's contributions to the careers of Johnny and Edgar Winter cannot be overstated. As their manager, he played an instrumental role in shaping their artistic paths, helping them navigate the complexities of the music industry, and introducing their music to a global audience. Paul's dedication to his artists, combined with his astute business acumen, set the stage for the Winter brothers' enduring success and their lasting impact on the rock and blues genres.

In 1990, he published a book about his life and career, called "The Scene: Steve Paul's Adventures in Rock and Roll."

Paul died in Queens, New York City, in 2012, at the age of 71. He was survived by his wife, two children, and two grandchildren.


Album cover design: Paula Cher

Album cover photography: Susan Chang, Susan Warford

Record Label Information:

 Blue Sky AL 36343 / JZ 36343

Media Format:

 12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

 1980 Made in USA
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: JOHNNY WINTER - Raisin Cain
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Johnny Winter - Guitar, Vocals
  • Jon Paris - bass, guitar, harmonica
  • Bobby Torello - drums

    Bobby Torello, a virtuoso drummer, has left an indelible mark on the world of music, particularly through his collaboration with the iconic blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter. Born on 15 March 1965, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Torello's early passion for rhythm and percussion led him on a remarkable journey in the world of music. From humble beginnings to international fame, Bobby's prowess on the drums earned him a place among the most influential and respected drummers of his time.

    Early Life and Musical Influences:
    Growing up in the vibrant city of New Orleans, Bobby was surrounded by a rich musical heritage. He was deeply influenced by the city's unique blend of jazz, blues, and funk. At a young age, he fell in love with the captivating rhythms that echoed through the streets. Encouraged by his parents, who recognized his natural talent, Bobby began taking drum lessons and practicing with unyielding dedication.

    The Breakthrough with Johnny Winter:


    In the late 1970s until mid 1980s, Bobby Torello's exceptional skills caught the attention of the legendary blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter. Impressed by Bobby's powerful and soulful drumming, Winter invited him to join his band as the drummer. This collaboration marked a significant turning point in Bobby's career and set the stage for some of the most memorable moments in blues-rock history.

    Rise to Global Fame:
    Joining Johnny Winter's band provided Bobby with an extraordinary platform to showcase his incredible drumming abilities. With Winter's iconic guitar work and Bobby's dynamic drumming, the band's performances became a powerhouse of blues-rock energy. Bobby's tasteful drum fills and infectious grooves added a new dimension to Winter's classic hits and freshened up their live shows.

    International Tours and Recordings:
    Together, Johnny Winter and Bobby Torello embarked on numerous international tours, captivating audiences around the world with their electrifying performances. Whether on big stages or intimate venues, the duo's chemistry was undeniable, and their live shows left audiences in awe.

    In addition to their live performances, Bobby also contributed his drumming expertise to several of Johnny Winter's studio albums. His rhythmic precision and ability to enhance the essence of each track made him an invaluable asset to Winter's recordings. From bluesy ballads to up-tempo rockers, Bobby's drumming provided the perfect foundation for Winter's soulful guitar playing.

    Collaborative Genius and Musical Legacy:
    The collaboration between Johnny Winter and Bobby Torello was not only musically brilliant but also a testament to the camaraderie and mutual respect they shared. Their work together brought forth a unique and powerful synergy that continues to resonate with blues-rock enthusiasts to this day.

  • Tom Strohman - sax
  • Dan Hartman - piano

    Dan Hartman was born on 8 December 1950, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA. From a young age, he displayed a deep passion for music and began playing various instruments, including the guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums. This diverse musical background would later become a significant factor in shaping his successful career.

    Musical Career Beginnings:
    In the early 1970s, Dan Hartman gained recognition as a member of the rock band, The Edgar Winter Group. He joined the band as a bassist and backing vocalist, contributing to their critically acclaimed album, "They Only Come Out at Night" (1972). This album featured the band's biggest hit, "Frankenstein", which showcased Hartman's musical versatility and solidified his position in the music industry.

    Collaboration with Johnny Winter:
    After his stint with The Edgar Winter Group, Hartman began collaborating with blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter. He worked as a songwriter and producer for Johnny's albums, bringing his expertise to enhance Winter's bluesy sound. One of their notable collaborations was on Johnny Winter's album "White, Hot and Blue" (1978), where Hartman's contributions as a songwriter and musician helped in creating a successful record.


    Solo Success:
    As a solo artist, Dan Hartman achieved significant success, especially during the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1978, he released his debut album, "Who Is Dan Hartman", which garnered attention with the hit single "Instant Replay". The song became a dancefloor favorite and climbed the charts, establishing Hartman as a force to be reckoned with in the disco and dance music scene.

    In 1984, he released the album "I Can Dream About You", which featured the title track as well as "We Are the Young". Both songs became major hits, with "I Can Dream About You" reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album's success further solidified Hartman's reputation as a skilled songwriter, vocalist, and producer.

    Later Career and Legacy:
    Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Dan Hartman continued to release albums and singles, exploring various musical styles and maintaining a dedicated fanbase. While he didn't replicate the massive success of his earlier hits, he remained a respected artist in the music industry.

    Tragically, on 22 March 1994, Dan Hartman passed away at the age of 43 due to a brain tumor. His untimely death was a significant loss to the music community. However, his contributions to music, particularly in the disco and dance genres, continue to be celebrated by fans and fellow musicians alike.

  • Dave Still - tambourine
Complete Track-listing of the album "JOHNNY WINTER - Raisin Cain"

The detailed tracklist of this record "JOHNNY WINTER - Raisin Cain" is:

  1. "Crawl"
  2. "Sitting in the Jail House"
  3. "Like a Rolling Stone"
  4. "New York"
  5. "Bon Ton Roulet"
  6. "Rollin' and Tumblin'"
  7. "Talk's Cheap"
  8. "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"
  9. "Don't Hide Your Love"
  10. "Mother-in-Law Blues"
  11. "Walkin' Slow"


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Johnny Winter , was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Best known for his high-energy blues-rock albums and live performances in the late 1960s and 1970s, Winter also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters. After his time with Waters, Winter recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the '100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time'. He was also known for his collaborations with other musicians, including Muddy Waters and Edgar Winter. Winter's career spanned several decades and he released numerous albums throughout his lifetime. He died on 16 July 2014.