The Johnny Winter Story

Johnny Winter's Early Winter

Johnny Winter EARLY WINTER

Johnny Winter EARLY WINTER

Johnny Winter's Early Winter

LP: Crazy Cajun CCLP-1009
Cover art: Jacki Johnson
Front Cover: Clay Parks
Back Photo: Lee Ashworth
Producer: Huey P. Meaux
Remix engineer: Uncle Micky Moody

CD: President Records PR CD 116 (1987)

Rec: 1960-1968

  1. Leavin' blues
  2. You're gonna miss me when Im gone
  3. Trial of the lonesome goose
  4. Please come home for Christmas
  5. Out of sight
  6. Sloppy drunk
  7. Birds can't row boats
  8. Easy lovin' girl
  9. Parchment farm
  10. Gumbo




Liner notes by: Lee Ashworth

BUSTED FLAT IN BATON ROUGE ! The guitar man and I, corning in from a show in New Orleans, spent our last dollar for gas for my old `56 Chevy, hoping we'd have enough gas to get back across the State Line to Texas, and home, we were just teenagers then. The guitar man? JOHNNY WINTER',. When producer Huey P. Meaux called to ask if I would write the liner notes for this album, the memories all came back again. I've known JOHNNY WINTER for more than fifteen years, from Schoolboy to Superstar...playing high school gigs and Texas beer joints making records, but no money, all the time learning through listening-playing.... 1962 I wrote an article calling Johnny "A Local Boy Who Made Good...The Boy To Catch", but I didn't know it would take another six years before the world really would watch Johnny. In '68 Johnny came down from Austin, Texas to cut a record for me with radio personality/ author Gordon Baxter. No money for any of us, but then, just six months later, WhAM! Time Magazine called Johnny "The Hottest Recording Discovery in The Land...The Swingingest, Funkiest Blues Singer To Come Out Of The South In Years! ". "How Can It Be?" asked Johnny. Steve Paul was the man at the right place at the right time to make all those things happen. Baxter, recalling that record session earlier, expressed his delight in his newspaper column: "Last Year The Country Club Ladies--Wouldn't Have Touched Johnny With A Ten Foot Pole. They Won't Touch Hime Next Year Either. They Won't Be Able To Afford Him: Go, Johnny, Go! ". Johnny was cutting his musical teeth when rock was born in the Fifties. Each time the music shifted, Johnny absorbed whatever changes came. He never left any of it behind. Rather, he built on it. His love of music, and his intense need of it as an outlet, as a means of expression, has been deeply a part of Johnny's life. Yes, perhaps in ways it has been Johnny's life. But, aside from being an accomplished performer and gifted musician, Johnny is something many "Superstars" are not. He is a warm, sensitive human being, giving freely of himself and that rare musical talent. It delights me to recall that those little backwood Texas crowds got as much for their money as have the tremendous crowds of Fillmore East and Madison Square Garden. Johnny knows how to give only his best, and that, my friend, is very, very good. This album is prepared, really, for two people: The one who knows Johnny's earlier--material, and for the one who doesn't. If you do, the Early Winter will seem to be even better than you remembered it. If all of this is new to you,-it's just another side of a man whose music covers a lot of ground. It's part of the continuing history' of an artist who has paid all the dues of apprenticeship, and has become a Superstar...and deserves it.


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