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RIP Johnny Winter--that guy sure could play

"For me, blues is a necessity."

That's a quote from blues guitar great Johnny Winter, who died on Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland. He came to prominence in the late 1960's after he was featured in a story in Rolling Stone magazine, put out 20 albums and produced some others that were pretty amazing--three for Muddy Waters, and the hit song "Rock and Roll Hootchie Koo" for Rick Derringer.

I got a chance to see Johnny Winter twice--first at the Belleville Blues Festival, where I got to introduce his band (along with Triple M's Gabby Parsons), and again at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2010.  While he appeared to be quite frail on both those occasions, he could still play the hell out of the guitar.

Here he is at Crossroads, playing what might be the BEST version of Bob Dylan's "Highway 61."

 


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07/17/2014 9:59AM
RIP Johnny Winter--that guy sure could play
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07/17/2014 11:19AM
Quite a Homecoming concert!
I knew what sort of show to expect, but some folks in more formal attire were quite stunned when Johnny took the stage for the U of Minn Homecoming concert around 1970. Not only did he level the hall with his incredible guitar, he then introduced his kidbrother! The blues never felt as good as it did in that show. Of course I migrated to Wisconsin a few years after the show and still love the blues. RIP Johnny!
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