On the road: Johnny is playing a series of gigs in Italy and Spain that will keep him occupied until early August. His next U.S. appearance is slated for Sunday, Aug. 10, when he’ll close the Heritage Music BluesFest in Wheeling, West Virginia. Johnny will be taking the stage that night with harmonica master James Cotton. Other August gigs include The Cabooze in Minneapolis (8/13); the Clearwater Theater in West Dundee, Illinois (8/14); the Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee (8/15); RibberFest in Madison, Indiana (8/16); the Kentucky Blues Festival in Bowling Green, Kentucky (8/23); and the Texas Musicians Museum in Hillsboro, Texas (8/30).
For a complete list of Johnny’s current tour dates, click here.
One classic axe: Johnny’s recent appearance in Nashville at the Gibson Custom Shop was more than just a showcase. It gave Gibson the opportunity to present Johnny with the very first Gibson Custom Shop Johnny Winter Signature Firebird V. The special guitar, which the company has been working on for some time, is a perfect re-creation of Johnny’s 1963 Firebird V.
Johnny guests on new Edgar CD: Be sure to check out Edgar Winter’s Rebel Road, which was just released and features Johnny on the scorcher “Rockin’ the Blues.” Edgar has been on the road with Ringo Starr lately as a member of the ex-Beatle’s All-Starr Band.