Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter

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John Dawson "Johnny" Winter III (born February 23, 1944) is an American blues guitarist, singer, and producer. Best known for his late 1960s and 1970s high-energy blues rock albums and live performances, Winter also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues legend Muddy Waters. Since his time with Waters, Johnny Winter has recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums and continues to tour extensively. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 74th in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" More Info »

Top Albums

  • The Best Of Johnny Winter
    The Best Of Johnny Winter
  • Johnny Winter
    Johnny Winter
  • Second Winter
    Second Winter
  • The Progressive Blues Experiment
    The Progressive Blues Experiment
  • Johnny Winter And
    Johnny Winter And
  • Still Alive And Well
    Still Alive And Well
  • 3rd Degree
    3rd Degree
  • Johnny Winter And / Live
    Johnny Winter And / Live
  • Guitar Slinger
    Guitar Slinger
  • Saints & Sinners
    Saints & Sinners
  • Roots
    Roots
  • The Texas Tornado
    The Texas Tornado
  • Let Me In
    Let Me In
  • I'm a Bluesman
    I'm a Bluesman
  • Nightrider
    Nightrider
  • Deluxe Edition
    Deluxe Edition
  • A Lone Star Kind of Day
    A Lone Star Kind of Day
  • No Time to Live
    No Time to Live
  • Progressive Blues Experiment
    Progressive Blues Experiment
  • White Hot Blues
    White Hot Blues
  • Nothin' But The Blues
    Nothin' But The Blues
  • Hey, Where's Your Brother?
    Hey, Where's Your Brother?
  • Johnny Winter: The Woodstock Experience
    Johnny Winter: The Woodstock Experience
  • Serious Business
    Serious Business
  • John Dawson Winter III
    John Dawson Winter III
  • Live
    Live
  • Live in NYC '97
    Live in NYC '97
  • The Winter of '88
    The Winter of '88
  • Scorchin' Blues
    Scorchin' Blues
  • Captured Live!
    Captured Live!
  • Livin' the Blues
    Livin' the Blues
  • Live Bootleg Series Volume 1
    Live Bootleg Series Volume 1
  • An Introduction to Johnny Winter
    An Introduction to Johnny Winter
  • Walking by Myself
    Walking by Myself
  • Captured Live
    Captured Live
  • The Return of Johnny Guitar
    The Return of Johnny Guitar
  • Setlist: The Very Best of Johnny Winter LIVE
    Setlist: The Very Best of Johnny Winter LIVE
  • Johnny Winter - No Time To Live
    Johnny Winter - No Time To Live
  • Texas Blues
    Texas Blues
  • Beginnings: 1960 - 1967
    Beginnings: 1960 - 1967
  • Lone Star Shootout
    Lone Star Shootout
  • Third Degree
    Third Degree
  • White Gold Blues
    White Gold Blues
  • Best Of Johnny Winter
    Best Of Johnny Winter
  • Live Johnny Winter And
    Live Johnny Winter And
  • Raised On Rock
    Raised On Rock
  • Johnny B. Goode
    Johnny B. Goode
  • Johnny Winter: A Rock N' Roll Colection
    Johnny Winter: A Rock N' Roll Colection

Johnny Winter. Artist Bio

John Dawson "Johnny" Winter III (born February 23, 1944) is an American blues guitarist, singer, and producer. Best known for his late 1960s and 1970s high-energy blues rock albums and live performances, Winter also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues legend Muddy Waters. Since his time with Waters, Johnny Winter has recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums and continues to tour extensively. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 74th in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"

Johnny Winter, along with his brother Edgar Winter, were nurtured at an early age by their parents in musical pursuits. Both he and his brother, who were born with albinism, began performing at an early age. When he was ten-years old, Winter appeared on a local children's show, playing ukelele and singing Everly Brothers songs with his brother.

His recording career began at the age of fifteen, when his band Johnny and the Jammers released "School Day Blues" on a Houston record label. During this same period, he was able to see performances by classic blues artists such as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and Bobby Bland. In the early days Winter would sometimes sit in with Roy Head and The Traits when they performed in the Beaumont, Texas area, and in 1967, Winter recorded a single with The Traits: "Tramp" backed with "Parchman Farm" (Universal Records 30496). In 1968, he released his first album The Progressive Blues Experiment, on Austin's Sonobeat Records.

Winter caught his biggest break in December 1968, when Mike Bloomfield, whom he met and jammed with in Chicago, invited him to sing and play a song during a Bloomfield and Al Kooper concert at the Fillmore East in New York. As it happened, representatives of Columbia Records (which had released the Top Ten Bloomfield/Kooper Super Session album) were at the concert. Winter played and sang B.B. King's "It's My Own Fault" to loud applause and, within a few days, was signed to reportedly what was then the largest advance in the history of the recording industry–$600,000.

Winter's first Columbia album, Johnny Winter was recorded and released in 1969. It featured the same backing musicians with whom he recorded The Progressive Blues Experiment, bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Uncle John Turner, plus Edgar Winter on keyboards and saxophone, and (for his "Mean Mistreater") blues legends Willie Dixon on upright bass and Big Walter Horton on harmonica. The album featured a few selections that became Winter signature songs, including his composition "Dallas" (an acoustic blues, on which Winter played a steel-bodied, resonator guitar), John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson's "Good Morning Little School Girl", and B.B. King's "Be Careful With A Fool".

The album's success coincided with Imperial Records picking up The Progressive Blues Experiment for wider release. The same year, the Winter trio toured and performed at several rock festivals, including Woodstock. With brother Edgar added as a full member of the group, Winter also recorded his second album, Second Winter in Nashville in 1969. The two-record album, which only had three recorded sides (the fourth was blank), introduced a couple more staples of Winter's concerts, including Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" and Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited".

In 1984, Winter began recording for several labels, including Alligator Records and Point Blank Records, where he has focused on blues-oriented material. He continues to perform live, including festivals throughout North America and Europe. Winter has headlined 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. He also performed with the Allman Brothers at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan on the 40th anniversary of their debut. In 2007 and 2010, Winter performed at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festivals. Two guitar instructional DVDs have been produced by Cherry Lane Music and the Hal Leonard Corporation. The Gibson Guitar Company released the signature Johnny Winter Firebird guitar in a ceremony in Nashville with Slash presenting.

In 2004, Winter received a Grammy nomination for his I’m a Bluesman album. Backing him are guitarist Paul Nelson, bassist Scott Spray, and drummer Vito Liuzzi. Beginning in 2007, a series of live Winter albums titled the Live Bootleg Series and a live DVD have all entered the Top 10 Billboard Blues charts. In 2009, The Woodstock Experience album was released, which includes eight songs that Winter performed at the 1969 festival. Johnny Winter is signed to Megaforce Records, who will release a new studio album titled Roots on September 27, 2011. It will include Winter's interpretation of eleven early blues and rock 'n' roll classics and feature several guest artists.

Winter produced three Grammy Award-winning albums by Muddy Waters, Hard Again (1977), I'm Ready (1978), and Muddy "Mississippi" Waters – Live (1979). Several Winter albums were also nominated for Grammy Awards. In 1980, Winter was on the cover of the first issue of Guitar World and in 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.


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