Johnny Winter Timeline 1988
Press release by Slatus Management for the release of "Winter of 88".
Johnny Winter is an American music legend. A recording artist for some 28 years he burst from the Texas bar scene in the late 60's to become an archetypal rock guitar hero. He remains the perfect example of the hard-working, no-nonsense artist who's built his career on substance, rather than image. Fashions come and go, but Johnny Winter continues to create his original blues/hard rock blend as only he can. The release of Winter of '88, his debut LP for the MCA distributed Voyager label, clearly demonstrates that the guitarist's touch has only improved with time. More over, the LP presents Winter in a musical setting that spruces up his sound without losing the grit and sweat that are essential to his style. Produced by Terry Manning of ZZ Top fame, Winter of '88 is an album of raw power, virtuosity and across-the-board impact. Winter renders the LP's tunes (including both new material and blues clasics) with lean ferocious simplicity. Backing him are Jon Paris on bass and Tom Compton on drums, players who've toured with him for years. The sparse, direct and contemporary feel of the tracks lets Winter and his group shine through brilliantly.
"It was real important to find a producer who thought the same way I did," Winter says. "Terry had done a lot of blues work as well as rock 'n roll, which attracted me in the first place. I felt that he was aware of how to get a modern sound but at the same time he would also understand my direction. The idea was not to change my music, just to reach a bigger audience." Standout LP tracks such as "Rain" (a moody song of romantic longing), "Lightning" (a steamy rocker with killer slide work) and "Anything For Your Love" (a slow churning love plea) should both delight Winter loyalists and make new converts. If Winter of '88 reaches out to a wide segment of rock listeners, it does so without strain or compromise. Johnny Winter testifies as guitarist and vocalist with the integrity and deep emotion that have always been present through his decades of making music. Winter became a professional musician at the age of 14 when he and his keyboard wizard brother Edgar formed Johnny and the Jammers, in their hometown of Beaumont, Texas. Already Johnny's rock 'n roll was steeped in the blues from years of listening to Beaumont's black radio station and hanging out with Clarence Garlow, a local DJ and blues guitarist. Johnny and the Jammers were a local phenomenon, winning talent shows and eventually a recording contract with the Dart label. Their first single, "Schoolday Blues", was released when Johnny was 15. more...
From that time on, Johnny was a regular in the Houston and Beaumont recording studios, cutting dozens of tunes as both a leader and sideman. When he wasn't in the studio he was barnstorming the Deep South club circuit, playing everything from hard blues to cocktail jazz and Top 40 tunes. His singles, cut for dozens of little labels, were often leased to majors like MGM and Atlantic. They earned plenty of local radio play but didn't break nationally. Finally, in 1968, Winter committed himself to playing the blues, forming a trio with Tommy Shannon on base and Uncle John Turner on drums. Discouraged with performing around Texas, he was investigating the music scene in England when a cover story in Rolling Stone made him a celebrity overnight. After a furious bidding war, he was signed to Columbia and proceeded to unleash a series of classic blues rock LPs. Johnny Winter and Second Winter were cut with his original blues trio plus brother Edgar, while Johnny Winter And and and Johnny Winter And Live (the latter his best-selling LP) featured Rick Derringer on second guitar. In 1973 he returned to a more direct blues sound with Still Alive and Well, followed by Saint and Sinners in '74 In 1977 Winter fulfilled a lifelong dream by producing Muddy Waters for his new label, the CBS distributed Blue Sky Records. Hard Again was a comeback album for Muddy, an album that returned him to his Chicago blues band roots. Both Hard Again and the following Waters LP I'm Ready won Grammy Awards. "Working with Muddy made me feel people were finally more...
Realizing that I'm not faking and can really play the blues", Winter says. "I felt I'd established myself." Winter's own music continued to explore the nuances of the blues in its varied forms. Signing with Alligator Records, he released a series of much praised LPs, including the Grammy nominated Guitar Slinger (1984) and Serious Business (1985). Third Degree (1986) completed his trio of Alligator albums. In addition to recording and producing, Winter has maintained a heavy touring schedule over the past decade, appearing in arenas, roadhouses and everywhere in between. "For the last two or three years I've been on the road at least eight to nine months a year," he reports. "Besides the States, we've been to Europe, Australia and Canada. We go everywhere people want to see us, from festivals to college gigs, you name it." "A lot of new people have been showing up," he continues. "I meet kids who are 15 and 16 years old, loyal fans who first heard our records from their older brothers and sisters and sometimes their parents. And, of course, I see the old fans who've never stopped being into the blues." What Winter brings to old and young fans alike is his unequivocal passion for music. "The older I get, the more I seem to love it," he says. "It's like eating and sleeping --it's a necessity for me. The blues may come in and out of fashion, but I just keep playing what I love and hope that others love it too."
KBFH show during the "Winter of 88" tour.
This radio show starts off with the KBFH announcer saying "from the stage of the Hollywood Palace Johnny Winter". He does a long instrumental jam (it's great) and then goes into "I'm Good". "Stranger Blues" is also one of the songs.
Johnny Winter leaves Alligator records and signs with MCA/Voyager.
Riverwalk Blues Festival, Fort Lauderdale Fl.
Copa Club, Canada.
The Palace, Hollywood, Cal.
Tuesday, 23 February 1988: Chestnut Cabaret, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Guitar world, March 1988
A special Hendrix issue where Johnny is pictured with Jimi on page 31 "Holding court with Johnny Winter, backstage at Madison Quare Garden, January 28, 1970"
Friday, 29 April 1988: Airport Hall, Allentown PA
Photo Gallery of this fantasic concert in Pistoia 1988
Monday, 4 July 1988 - Milan Blues Festival, Arco Della Pace, Milan, Italy
Saturday, 6 August 1988: Pier #84 NY
Tuesday, 23 August 1988: Toad's Place, New Haven, Connecticut
31 August 1988 Jai Alai Fronton: Johnny Winter sith special guests James Cotton and James Montgomery
Monday, 19 September 1988: Highlands, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Tuesday, 20 September 1988: Diamond Club, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Wednesday, 21 September 1988: Dr. Rockits, London, Ontario, Canada
Thursday, 22 September 1988: Entex, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, 24 September 1988: Lost Horizons, Syracuse, New York
Sunday, 9 October 1988 Billy's Old Mill, Greenfield, Wisconsin
Thursday, 20 October 1988: Rockafellars, Houston, Texas
Wednesday, 2 November 1988: Finky's Daytona Beach, Fla
Friday, 2 December 1988 FILLMORE in SF, CA
Tuesday, 13 December 1988: The Palace, Hollywood, Los Angeles (recorded for King Biscuit Flower Hour)
Friday, 16 December 1988 - San Juan Capistrano, California