Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Johnny Winter...Scorchin' Blues

John Dawson "Johnny" Winter III (born February 23, 1944) is an American blues guitarist, singer, and producer. Best known for his late 1960s and 1970s high-energy blues-rock albums and live performances, Winter also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues legend Muddy Waters. Since his time with Waters, Johnny Winter has recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums and continues to tour extensively. 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". He is a guitar hero without equal.

On this collection he has a rockin' good time blasting out blues tunes collected from the 60's and 70's. His playing ranks with any great blues guitarist, and his vocals have the raw edge to pull of these "scorchers." Five of the cuts are his own compositions and his songs stand up against classic blues tunes like "Mean Mistreater" so well only a true blues archivist would be able to tell the difference. The jam on "Mean Town Blues" is phenomenal!

1. Walking By Myself
2. Divin' Duck
3. One Step At A Time
4. Bladie Mae
5. Mad Blues
6. It Was Rainin'
7. Mean Mistreater
8. Mother-In-Law Blues
9. Dallas
10. Mean Town Blues (Live)