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Published: 2014/08/15

Johnny Winter’s Family Releases Collaboration with Ben Harper

Johnny Winter’s family have released a song from the guitarist’s final studio album. The track— titled “Can’t Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby)”—finds the late Texas blues legend teaming up with Ben Harper.

As previously reported, Winter passes away last month in Zurich, Switzerland at teh age of 70. His final LP, Step Back, is set for release on September 2.

Speak with Rolling Stone, Harper said:

The blues means everything to me, and Johnny Winter meant everything to the blues. There is not one note, lick or riff I will ever play that doesn’t owe an unpayable debt to Johnny Winter. I play the way I play because I couldn’t play like Johnny Winter.

-While simultaneously breaking musical and cultural barriers, he was one of the ordained architects who went on to define the blues not only for generations, but for an entire genre. As an artist, he played and sang with a rare and unparalleled urgency and sincerity that requires musicians of all stature to listen and learn. As a producer, Johnny Winter was the gatekeeper whom Muddy Waters entrusted to further his own sound. That says it all._

Johnny Winter was the gospel truth, one of the rare and hallowed musical pillars of the blues. Tonight I’m gonna play Johnny Winter real loud in my house, then try to cop a lick or two of his and once again wonder, ‘How on Earth did he play that!?


There are 3 comments associated with this post

Panic attack August 16, 2014, 08:51:49

How many things can you count incorrectly spelled in the above passage? Come on its fun for all ages to play. Jambands please add to your crediability not take away from it. The red marker is getting empty!

Greg Mulehead August 16, 2014, 12:07:48

^^I saw exactly one (the spelled as teh). I find poorly written articles annoying but I’m not seeing it here. Go smoke a bowl and chill out. The song is pretty damn good and the quote tribute is a nice touch. Hope I didn’t misspell too many words.

jenny jenkins August 16, 2014, 17:43:14

greg you only saw one? “passes away last month”? this article is short the percentage of mistakes is a bit much I ain’t much of a writer myself but then again I do not work for a magazine.

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