Johnny heads for the Great White North…

Fresh off a great swing in snowy Massachusetts last weekend, Johnny & Co. will head to Canada this week. The six-show run kicks off in Quebec. A quick rundown of the schedule: Quebec City (3/22), Montreal (3/23), Ottawa (3/24), Toronto (3/26), London (3/27) and Thunder Bay (3/30).

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The last few weeks have been good ones for Johnny. Earlier this month, he played to a sold-out house in Albany, New York, following up that show with a rousing performance in Westbury, Long Island, New York, where he co-headlined a bill with Leon Russell. Those shows were Johnny’s first gigs since a one-night stand March 3 in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Johnny’s comeback continues. His voice has been increasingly stronger and his guitar on fire both night after night, and the crowds have gone wild for two recent additions to Johnny’s set: “Miss Ann,” which he recorded on 1969’s Second Winter, and the Bobby Womack-penned “It’s All Over Now.”

On the horizon: Once April arrives, look out! Johnny has some huge shows coming up in New Jersey with brother Edgar Winter and guitarist Rick Derringer. Mark these dates on your calendar: Friday, April 6, at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank; and Saturday, April 7, at the Patriot Theater at War Memorial in Trenton.

Johnny’s February was a good one: Not only did he turn 63 years old (on Feb. 23), but he sold out nine of his 10 gigs, including two nights at Club B.B. in Mashantucket, Connecticut; three shows in Canada; and his last performance of the month, at New York South in Cocoa Beach, Florida. He also headlined the first night of the City of Clearwater’s (Florida) Seafood & Blues Weekend. And speaking of which, that must have been a great time-other performers included Coco Montoya, Eric Sardinas, Chris Beard, Eric Lindell and Tinsley Ellis…

Upcoming shows: Tickets are now on sale for Johnny’s June 15 performance at the Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana, California. They’re $29.50 each… Johnny’s August 24 show at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonberry, New Hampshire, is nearly sold out…


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