After a Seven Years wait the legendary Johnny Winter will release his new studio album entitled Roots on 27 September 2011 via Megaforce Records. This album returns Johnny to his roots by paying homage to the iconic blues heroes whose pioneering music influenced Winter's own signature sound and style. Roots is the follow up to his Grammy-nominated I'm a Blues Man. This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.
Many friends will appear as special guests and join Winter trading licks in honoring his idols, including Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, John Popper, Jimmy Vivino, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, John Medeski and Johnny's brother Edgar Winter.
Among the 11 tracks that together represent a veritable history of the Blues, are songs by the genre's elder statesmen including a version of Robert Johnson's 1936 recording "Dust My Broom." Winter pays respect to the greats who came to prominence in the late 1940s and '50s including Elmore James "Done Somebody Wrong," Bobby "Blue" Bland's "Further On Up The Road" and Chuck Berry's first hit single, "Maybellene." Also featured is "Come Back Baby," written by Walter Davis and made popular by Ray Charles, Jimmy Reed's 1961 hit, "Bright Lights, Big City," and Muddy Waters' version of "Got My Mojo Working." Brother Edgar guests on "Honky Tonk," the one instrumental featured on Roots. Rounding out the collection are Little Walter's "Last Night," Larry Williams' "Short Fat Fannie" and T-Bone Walker's "T-Bone Shuffle." This special project was directed by famed guitarist Paul Nelson who's role is as both producer and performer on this recording.
Johnny Winter has been the unofficial torch-bearer for the blues, championing and aiding the careers of his idols like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. Johnny had a special relationship with Muddy Waters and is often credited with revitalizing the legendary guitarist, where Winter produced and played on Waters' Grammy-winning comeback album Hard Again, Grammy-winning I'm Ready (1978), Grammy-winning Muddy Mississippi Waters Live (1979) and also King Bee (1980). Johnny was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1988.
Today Johnny Winter is enjoying an unparalleled resurgence performing to sold out shows worldwide even after a long life full of honors and accomplishments such as a triumphant appearance at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival with Derek Trucks, Buddy Guy and Clapton that has been immortalized on the Emmy award-winning DVD. In a ceremony with Slash presenting in Nashville, Gibson Guitars released the signature Johnny Winter Firebird guitar that has been his beloved trademark for years. A Live through the 70s DVD is a hit along with his Live Bootleg Series CDs that have all entered the Top 10 Billboard Blues charts. Two unique instructional DVDs have been produced by Cherry Lane/Hal Leonard to the gratitude of players around the world. Always one for special appearances he recently performed with the Allman Brothers at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan on the 40th anniversary of their debut.
In addition Winter has been headlining such prestigious events as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Swedish Rock Fest, Warren Haynes X-mas jam and Europe's Rockpalast viewed bymillions just to name a few. Warner Bros. has now released a 40th anniversary DVD of Woodstock: 3 Days of Love and Peace the Director's cut featuring, for the first time, Johnny playing his smoking classic "Meantown Blues."
Winter continues to tour nationally and internationally with highly acclaimed band, performing more than 120 shows a year. His health has never been better as Winter has kicked all the demons that have been a part of his life since the '60s. A totally clean Winter recently toured Japan in April 2011 for his first shows ever in that country.
Johnny Winter is the international ambassador for rocking Texas blues and still going strong!
2011 Made in USA
Paul Nelson - Producer
Paul Nelson, an accomplished guitarist, songwriter, and producer, has left an indelible mark on the world of music through his extraordinary talent and innovative approach to guitar playing. With a career spanning several decades, Nelson has showcased his virtuosity across various genres, collaborating with renowned artists and contributing his unique style to the evolution of modern guitar music.
Early Life and Musical Beginnings
Born on 14 March 1966, Paul Nelson's musical journey began in Warren, Massachusetts. He exhibited an early fascination with music, particularly the guitar, which soon developed into a lifelong passion. Nelson's insatiable curiosity led him to explore a diverse range of musical genres, from blues and rock to jazz and beyond, ultimately shaping his eclectic and versatile playing style.
The Influence of Johnny Winter
One of the pivotal moments in Nelson's career came when he crossed paths with legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter.
During his time with Johnny Winter's band, Nelson honed his skills and contributed to Winter's Grammy-nominated albums, solidifying his reputation as a formidable guitarist. The experience also set the stage for Nelson's future endeavors as a solo artist and bandleader.
Solo Career and Innovation
Venturing into a solo career, Paul Nelson embraced his musical individuality and showcased his distinct approach to guitar playing. His debut album, "Over Under Through," released in 2010, demonstrated his mastery of various styles while highlighting his ability to infuse traditional blues with modern sensibilities. The album received critical acclaim, cementing Nelson's position as a rising star in the contemporary blues and rock scene.
Nelson's subsequent releases, including "Badass Generation" (2016) and "Over Under Through" (2020), continued to captivate audiences with their dynamic compositions and Nelson's mesmerizing guitar work. Fusing elements of blues, rock, and soul, Nelson's music defies easy categorization, showcasing his dedication to pushing boundaries and exploring new sonic territories.
A Multifaceted Artist
Beyond his role as a guitarist, Paul Nelson's contributions extend to songwriting, producing, and mentoring emerging talents. His skills as a producer have led him to collaborate with a diverse array of artists, facilitating the creation of albums that span genres and styles. This versatility is a testament to Nelson's commitment to musical excellence and his desire to continually evolve as an artist.
Innovation and Legacy
Paul Nelson's legacy is characterized by his unrelenting commitment to innovation and his relentless pursuit of musical excellence. His ability to seamlessly fuse traditional blues influences with contemporary elements has not only earned him accolades but also inspired a new generation of guitarists to explore the limitless possibilities of their instrument.
Brendan Muldowney - sound and mixing engineer
Stephen Jensen - Art direction and design
Louis Torrieri - Photographer
Neil Zlozower - Photographer
Neil Zlozower Neil Zlozower is an American photographer and music industry professional, best known for his work documenting the hard rock and heavy metal scenes of the 1970s and 1980s. He was born on 9 December 1949, in Los Angeles, California.
Zlozower started his photography career in the 1970s, working as a freelance photographer for various music industry magazines and record labels. Over the years, he has captured some of the most iconic images of some of the biggest and most influential musicians of the rock and metal worlds, including Mötley Crüe, Van Halen, Guns N' Roses, Slayer, and many more.
Zlozower's work has been featured in numerous books, magazines, and exhibitions, and he continues to be one of the most respected and sought-after photographers in the music industry. In addition to his photography work, Zlozower has also been involved in various other aspects of the music business, including album design, marketing, and publicity. He is widely recognized as one of the key figures in the history of hard rock and heavy metal photography.
Johnny Winter – guitar, vocals
Paul Nelson – guitar
Scott Spray – bass
Vito Liuzzi – drums
Mike DiMeo – keyboards on "T-Bone Shuffle", "Further On Up the Road", "Done Somebody Wrong", "Maybellene", "Bright Lights, Big City", "Honkey Tonk", "Come Back Baby"
Johnny Montagnese – hand claps on "Honkey Tonk"
Joe Meo – saxophone on "Short Fat Fannie", "Come Back Baby"
Don Harris – trumpet on "Come Back Baby"
Edgar Winter is a renowned American musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has made significant contributions to the worlds of rock, jazz, blues, and pop music. Born on 28 December 1946, in Beaumont, Texas, Edgar Holland Winter was destined for a life immersed in music, given his family's musical background. His father, Johnnie Winter Sr., was a skilled saxophonist and guitarist, and his mother, Edwina, was a talented pianist.
Edgar Winter's musical journey began at a young age when he started learning classical piano and clarinet. However, it was his introduction to the alto saxophone during his teen years that sparked a lifelong passion for music. Alongside his younger brother, Johnny Winter, a renowned blues guitarist, Edgar honed his skills and became a proficient saxophonist.
In the late 1960s, Edgar formed his first band called "The Crystaliers", which mainly played covers of popular songs at local venues. However, his big breakthrough came in 1970 when he founded "The Edgar Winter Group". The band's lineup included Ronnie Montrose on guitar, Dan Hartman on bass, and Chuck Ruff on drums. They quickly gained popularity, thanks to their unique fusion of rock, jazz, and blues influences.
The Edgar Winter Group's debut album, "Entrance", was released in 1970 and received critical acclaim. However, it was their 1972 release, "They Only Come Out at Night", that catapulted them to stardom. The album featured the iconic instrumental track "Frankenstein", which showcased Edgar Winter's exceptional skills on the synthesizer. "Frankenstein" became a massive hit and earned him a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
Following the success of "They Only Come Out at Night", the band released several more albums, but none matched the commercial success of their breakthrough record. Nevertheless, Edgar Winter's reputation as a talented and innovative musician continued to grow. Here you will find a selection of the vinyl records released by Edgar Winter.
Throughout his career, Edgar Winter collaborated with various artists and musicians, showcasing his versatility and proficiency on multiple instruments, including saxophone, keyboards, synthesizer, and vocals. He also ventured into producing and writing music for other artists.
In addition to his work with The Edgar Winter Group, Edgar pursued a solo career, releasing albums that explored different genres and musical styles. His solo discography includes albums such as "Jasmine Nightdreams", "Shock Treatment", and "Mission Earth".
Over the years, Edgar Winter has remained active in the music industry, touring extensively and captivating audiences with his electrifying performances. His music continues to influence aspiring musicians and resonate with fans across generations.
Note: The photos on this page are taken from albums in my personal collection. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash. Images can be zoomed in/out ( eg pinch with your fingers on a tablet or smartphone ).
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.