Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 4 p.m.
When I was a little boy I used to sit on the floor in front if a bookcase in my Dad's living room and look through his records. They were all in alphabetical order and I would play them on his old old old turntable and hi-fi stereo system. One of the records was About Blues by Johnny Winter. It was a hot as hell turn through a bunch of old blues tracks and I had never heard someone play guitar like that before. This picture on the cover was a bluish head shot of a really skinny white dude with stringy white hair. Years later I found out that that album was one of the ones put out by the notorious Roy C. Ames, a shyster who took Winter and many others on a ride. I also found out that Johnny was the brother of Edgar and that he was an albino drug addict who might be the best electric slide player ever.
This is a link to him slaying "Talk to Your Daughter" at the Royal Albert Hall in 1970, just destroying it really.
Johnny Winter plays Friday, October 9 at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Ft Lauderdale. Tickets are $19.99. 954-564-1074; cultureroom.net