Happy Birthday Johnny Winter! What's Johnny Winter Legacy?
Updated: Feb 24
'Johnny Winter's impact and influence on rock and blues music is enormous, securing his legacy as a guitar legend'. This is one of many statement you will be able to read when typing Johnny's name down on Google searching engine, but, is this all about him? That's the question I'm going to try to answer here because I consider it's definitely very important to expose things about this incredible character that have to be better known especially if you're into Blues-Rock music.
Johnny Winter leaves one of the most important Blues music legacies behind, this statement goes strictly attached to the fact that he was who first attracted the attention to the Texas blues guitar scene that included Freddie King, T-Bone Walker, Frankie Lee Sims, James "Thunderbird" Davis, Albert King, Johnny “Guitar” Watson and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. Thanks to Johnny Winter we all could witnessed the success of Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan whom were influenced and inspired by him among others. On the other hand, Johnny produced 3 Grammy award winning albums for Muddy Waters being also the first 'White Blues musician' or 'non-African-American' to be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1988.
Johnny got a post-mortem Grammy award for his album named 'Step Back' produced by Paul Nelson in which features performances by a good number of great Blues artist and musicians including Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, Leslie West, Brian Setzer and Derek Trucks, among others.
Johnny wasn't only a virtuoso guitar player when fingering but also he was arguably one of the best Blues slide guitar ever, his fierce and his expression was one of a kind, with an aggressive and very melodic approach he were able to draw a very distinctive touch within this soul and feeling demanding genre.
My Favorite Albums from Johnny
The progressive Blues Experiment, Johnny Winter, Second Winter, Johnny Winter And, Johnny Winter And Live, Still Alive and Well, Captured Live, Nothing but the Blues, Third Degree, Guitar Slinger, Let Me In, Where's your brother and Step Back.