JOHNNY WINTER Live at The Coach House Sat., April 2nd
For over 30 years, Johnny Winter has been a guitar hero without equal. Signing to Columbia records in 1969, Johnny immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues a prime combination for the legions of fans just discovering the blues via the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. Constantly shifting between simple country blues in the vein of Robert Johnson, to all-out electric slide guitar blues-rock, – Johnny has always been one of the most respected singers and guitar players in rock and the clear link between British blues-rock and American Southern rock (a la the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.) Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, Johnny was the unofficial torch-bearer for the blues, championing and aiding the careers of his idols like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. His recent Grammy nominated “I’m A Bluesman” disc Virgin/EMI, has only added to his Texas-sized reputation.
For this release, Johnny has again paired with his long-time producer Dick Shurman (Robert Cray, Wayne June Albert Collins, Roy Buchanan), as well as Tom Hambridge (Susan Tedeschi, George Thorogood). Backing him on this CD is his road-tested touring band of guitarist Paul Nelson, bassist Scott Spray, and newly added drummer Tony Beard with guest appearances by such friends as keyboardist Reese Wynans (from Stevie Ray Vaughan’s celebrated backing group Double Trouble) and ace harmonica man James Montgomery among others.
“I’m A Bluesman” was a question of finding the time and right material, he says. The 13-track collection includes three tunes by his friend and 2nd guitarist Paul Nelson, who writes with Winter’s bassist Scott Spray. They collaborated on the prison-themed “Shakedown”, a relationship-gone-bad song titled “Pack Your Bags” and the album’s title track, which Nelson describes as a Johnny Winter biography set to music. “I wanted to write a song about his life, who he is, and what he represents to other musicians. I’m really proud that when he heard the song he said I’d gotten it right.”
Live At THE COACH HOUSE
SATURDAY, APRIL 2nd at 8:00pm
Tickets are $29.50 Dinner reservations are available and highly recommended
Please Call The Box Office At 949-496-8930 For Tickets And Dinner Reservations