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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!?

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