July 29 street date. Legendary rocker and blues statesman Johnny Winter continues to enthrall audiences the world over. With his unique brand of blues/rock guitar and vocal prowess, Winter’s style is truly unmatched in purity and in star power longevity. While he tours non-stop, it’s no secret that his live performances are legendary. Fortunately for his huge fan base, Johnny has captured a lot of his concerts on tape over the many decades, which proudly leads us to the eleventh incredible installment of the chart topping Live Bootleg Series. Friday Music is very pleased to announce Johnny Winter’s Live Bootleg Series Volume 11. As with our previous releases, these are totally produced, authorized, owned, controlled by Johnny Winter himself. In addition to the hard rockin’ blues on this wonderful collection, the limited edition recording will be issued on Remastered Compact Disc and 180 Gram Audiophile CLEAR Vinyl. Both formats will also be including the stellar front cover photo from the lens of Paul Natkin, as well as wonderful appreciations from the pens of legendary artists Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill and Muddy Waters!
October 23 street date. This recording shows Johnny Winter him at the top of his game in 1978 playing to an audience from his own home state. Fantastic! Johnny Winter, the albino blues guitarist from Texas is best known for his high-energy blues-rock albums and live performances in the late 1960s and 1970s, Winter also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters. After his time with Waters, Winter recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
May 25 street date. During the Woodstock festival held in 1969 performances by different artists were recorded live, among them the energetic blues-rock giant Johnny Winter. The 8 songs which the guitarist performed live consist of covers by famous blues heroes Chuck Berry, BB King and Bo Diddley among others. The stage show elevated him to the level of guitar god and included some of his own blues classics, like “Mean Town Blues” and “Leland Mississippi Blues”. The playtime of the songs are stretched from a few minutes to songs which exceed the 10 minutes. After this fantastic performance he released some of his most successful albums. The Woodstock Experience Live package includes an insert with liner notes. Presssed on 180g audiophile vinyl with and insert of liner notes.
February 7 street date. Five After Four AM is the second Johnny Winter record in the Replay series, featuring a selection of early works from the pre-Columbia years (1962 - 69). Many of the cuts from this era were produced by Roy C. Ames. Ames was a childhood friend of Winter and also worked as a radio plugger for Texas-based Ken Ritter. Ritter was responsible for discovering the talents of brothers Johnny and Edgar Winter and also produced some of the recordings that ushered them toward legendary status in the rock and blues music fields. Winter’s first national release appeared as a single on Todd in 1963, featuring Road Runner and The Guy You Left Behind, both of which are included here. The following year they secured a one-off deal with Atlantic which resulted in Johnny’s take on Gangster of Love, also heard on this album.
August 6 street date. John Dawson Winter III, better known as Johnny Winter, was best known for his energetic blues rock albums, combined with equally energetic live performances throughout the late 1960s and 1970s. As such, it's no surprise that he released many live albums. "Captured Live!" is his second live album, released in 1976 to positive reviews. It features mainly cover songs, including songs by John Lennon, Bobby Womack, Bob Dylan and more. This allows for the focus to shift towards Winter's impeccable guitar playing skills, backed up by his band. This LP edition contains an insert with photos and credits.
Please note new street date: October 14. First time available on vinyl in 30 years! "3rd Degree" is a 1986 album by Johnny Winter, and the final one of the trilogy he made for Alligator Records. Features fan favorites like "Mojo Boogie", "Evil On My Mind", and "Shake Your Moneymaker". On three of the album's tracks, Johnny reunites with the rhythm section from his first three albums; drummer Uncle John "Red" Turner and bassist Tommy Shannon (later in Stevie Ray Vaughan's Double Trouble). Two more tracks feature special guest Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack on piano. All tracks remastered.
December 7 street date. Limited green colored vinyl LP pressing with OBI (side spine), single cardboard jacket with one pocket, printed inner sleeve and original record labels. Together: Edgar Winter and Johnny Winter Live is a 1976 album by brothers Johnny Winter (guitar, vocals) and Edgar Winter (saxophone, vocals).
March 3 street date. • A collection of storming Texas Rock N Roll by the legendary Winters brothers over 70 minutes of the best these two have to offer • This compilation brings together the best and most famous tracks by these two sensational artists together on one cd (MID PRICE) at the same time. • Sadly Johnny died while on tour in 2014 but Edgar remains active both recording and playing today and has toured as part of RINGO STARR'S ALL STAR BAND.
September 25 street date. Non-returnable CD. Originally recorded in the 70s with the legendary Johnny Winter, this record is testament to the blues magic these two great bluesmen could produce when they put their mind to it. Uncle John Turner was born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas. He first played drums with Jerry LaCroix. Uncle Turner met the Winter brothers and performed with them a few times as a substitute. In 1968, he convinced Johnny to try a full blown blues band and sent for his friend Tommy Shannon to play bass. This group quickly got national recognition and began making records and shortly after that played Woodstock, with Edgar Winter as the fourth member. By late 1970, they had split up and Uncle John and Tommy moved to Austin and formed a band called Krackerjack, which had Stevie Ray Vaughan as one of the major guitarists, along with Jesse Taylor, John Stahely, and Robin Syler.
February 10 street date. At a point in time when Johnny Winter had only recently recovered from past addictions and blues giant Muddy Waters faced a decline in his career brought on by illness and the 1975 collapse of Chess Records, it was Steve Paul of Blue Sky who appeared as savior to both musicians. The results of his investment soon paid off and Winter's childhood dream of playing alongside his hero Muddy Waters came to fruition on Waters' 1977 comeback album Hard Again, a return to Waters' original Chicago sound. Its raw, expressive feel harkened back to his Chess Records days, and the outstanding musicianship and intimate exuberance exceeded all expectations, earning Waters a Grammy. The Hard Again tour combined the respected powerhouse of Waters, Winter, and James Cotton with musicians from the Hard Again sessions. Although this particular collaboration was short-lived, it has provided blues fans a rare opportunity to indulge in the work of two hugely important musical figures whose respect for each other is evidently unflinching. Two live albums, Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live and Breakin' It Up, Breakin' It Down, have allowed a glimpse of the concerts from 1977 and '78, but this Boston performance has never previously seen the light of day. Echoes proudly presents the entire WBCN-FM broadcast of a performance at the Boston Music Hall on February 26, 1977, digitally remastered, with in-depth liner notes and rare photos.
June 4 street date. An in-concert recording made by Johnny Winter for the Boston radio station WBCN, and recorded at the Boston Music Hall on February 26, 1977. By 1975, Winter had grown tired of working in the rock and roll mainstream and returned to his first musical love, the blues. Teaming up with Muddy Waters he released the album "Hard Again" in January 1977, with this concert following shortly after. It is a wonderful, vivid, febrile encapsulation of a Bluesman enjoying his renewed career. With harmonica hero James Cotton on board, this performance offers yet more proof that, even in his latter years, Muddy Waters was not content to freewheel through his stage performances.