Magic City Blues presents Johnny Winter on August 3rd on Montana Avenue

June 3, 2013 @ 9:30 pm by jessica

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Magic City Blues is bringing us an early concert!  Just a few days before the ever popular blues festival on August 9th-11th, Johnny Winter will take the Stillwater Stage on Montana Avenue on August 3rd.  Local, reggae/rock band, Downtime will open the show which begins at 6:30pm.

Tickets are $29 to $35 and can be purchased at Hansen Music at 1819 Grand Ave. or online.

Voted one of the top 100 guitarists of all time in Rolling Stone Magazine Johnny Winter is a guitar hero without equal. Signing with Columbia Records in 1969, he immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues with a powerful combination of authentic Texas funk and his own high energy interpretation for the legions of fans just discovering the blues via the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.

Constantly shifting between primal country blues in the vein of Robert Johnson to scorching electric slide guitar, Johnny has always been one of the most respected singers and influential guitar players in rock and the clear link between British blues rock and American Southern rock ala the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Throughout the 70s and 80s he was the unofficial torch bearer for the blues, championing and aiding the careers of his idols like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. The Johnny Winter story is the stuff of legend. Born in Beaumont, Texas, in a rough and tumble oil town he grew up listening to and then playing Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll at a very early age. His inclusion in a story about Texas music in Rolling Stone in 1968 ignited a bidding war among record labels for his phenomenal talent. Since 1969 and his self-titled debut, Johnny has recorded almost 40 albums of classic rock and blues and was one of the top arena rock acts in the mid-70s.

In the late 70s he produced and played on a stunning series of Grammy award winning albums with Muddy Waters, who affectionately referred to Johnny as his “son.” The recordings served as a “comeback” for his idol while also refreshing his own deep and unwavering love of the blues.


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