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‘Live Bootleg Series’ continues!

December 8th, 2009

More classic Johnny: Johnny’s acclaimed Live Bootleg Series rolls on with Volumes 4 and 5, the latest installments in the artist-approved series from Friday Music.

Volume 4 finds Johnny tackling classics like “Okie Dokie Stomp” and delivering an acoustic reading of “Rollin’ and Tumblin’.” Volume 5 continues the celebration of Johnny’s fretboard mastery and features “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo.”

Johnny on tour: Click here to see the latest concert schedule.

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January is Winter time in New York City!

December 6th, 2009

Johnny in residency: Johnny will make B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill in Times Square his home away from home in the month of January. He’ll play the Times Square venue on three consecutive Monday nights as 2010 kicks off: January 4, January 11, and January 18. All tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the show. (Popa Chubby will open the Jan. 4 show.)

On the road: Johnny has two dates left in 2009: He’ll play the Tupelo Music Hall in Salisbury, Mass. on Friday, Dec. 18. And he’ll appear at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River (with Joe Moss opening) the next night, Saturday, Dec. 19. January dates include The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J. (Friday, Jan. 8); Toad’s Place in New Haven, Conn. (Saturday, Jan. 9); Showcase Live in Foxboro, Mass. (Thursday, Jan. 14); Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass. (Friday, Jan. 15); and Merrill Auditorium at City Hall in Portland, Maine (Saturday, Jan. 16). For a complete list of all of Johnny’s current tour dates, click here.

Johnny on JamBase.com: If you missed the site’s fantastic interview with Johnny from November, you can check it out right here.

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Johnny and Taj Mahal to headline Canton Blues Festival…

May 30th, 2009

Johnny headlines first night: A great festival is happening in Ohio on Friday and Saturday, June 19-20. The best part? It’s free. Read all about it right here.

On the road: Johnny is winding down his European swing with dates in Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway. His next U.S. show will be a sold-out performance on Wednesday, June 17, at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan, followed by a gig at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine, Illinois, on Thursday, June 18. Other upcoming shows include the Lexington Music Theatre Company in Lexington, Michigan (Saturday, 6/20); The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina (Friday, 6/26); and the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina (Saturday, 6/27). Johnny will also appear at Virginia Beach Sandstock in Virginia Beach, Virginia (Sunday, 6/28); the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon (Friday, July 3); and the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Sunday, July 5).

For a complete list of Johnny’s current tour dates, click here.

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New! ‘The Johnny Winter Anthology’

May 25th, 2009


Johnny through the years: On Tuesday (5/26), Shout! Factory will release The Johnny Winter Anthology, a two-disc, 35-track collection that spans Johnny’s entire career and includes tunes like “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo,” “Still Alive and Well” and “Silver Train.”

Click here to view the complete track listing.

From Shout! Factory:

Take a few minutes to imagine a 130-pound, cross-eyed albino bluesman with long fleecy hair playing some of the gutsiest blues guitar you have ever heard, effused a Rolling Stone cover story in December 1968, in an overview of Texas music focused on Austin, where RS had run across 24-year-old blues dynamo Johnny Winter and his trio ripping up a local club. Johnny’s first taste of national publicity ran to just three short paragraphs, but they would nonetheless alter the then-struggling electric blues flash’s life forever.

In fact, within a year Johnny would be one of the top concert draws in America. But while the lanky albino blues rocker from Beaumont seemed like an overnight sensation to throngs of newfound fans on both sides of the Atlantic, Winter had already toiled the better part of a decade to get there.

This anthology’s opening track, “Rollin’ And Tumblin’” displays the blues ferocity RS had run across in Austin. Backed by drummer John “Red” Turner and bassist Tommy Shannon (who’d play the same role in Stevie Ray Vaughan’s own Texas trio a decade later), Winter’s snarling voice and aggressive, wildly expressive playing rebuffed the British Invasion’s claim on American blues with a vengeance. Recorded at the (apparently empty) Vulcan Gas Company club for indie Sonophone, The Progressive Blues Experiment established the template for subsequent Winter triumphs that carried him far beyond his humble Southern origins.

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