ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, The Beatles' Ringo Starr, and Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins are among the lineup of artists that have contributed to a 17-track record celebrating the career of legendary blues musician Johnny Winter.
The tribute album is titled Brother Johnny. Winter's legacy includes producing three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues singer and guitarist Muddy Winter and several of his own Grammy-nominated records. In 1988, he was also inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame. Winter died in 2014. He was 70 years old, and is survived by his younger brother, Edgar, who is the curator behind Brother Johnny.
“Many people immediately started trying to convince me to do a Johnny Winter tribute album," said Edgar. "But I was totally devastated, and the timing just didn't feel right to me. It wasn’t until after I completed the Rock ‘N’ Blues Fest, a tour we were meant to do together with our respective bands, that the idea of a tribute record started to take form."
Brother Johnny was produced by Edgar and Ross Hogarth. All the basic tracking was done at Capitol Studios, and most of the guest artist performances were recorded at Infinitespin Records or various guest artists' studios.
Besides the aforementioned artists, the record also features Jon Bonamassa, The Doobie Brothers’ John McFee and Michael McDonald, Toto’s Steve Lukather, Bon Jovi’s Phil X, Doyle Bramhall II, David Grissom, Warren Haynes, Keb Mo, Doug Rappoport, Bobby Rush, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Derek Trucks, Waddy Wachtel, and Gregg Bissonette.
To go alongside the announcement of the album, Edgar has released a cover of Chuck Berry’s beloved rock anthem "Johnny B Goode." It features the Eagles’ Joe Walsh and is part of the tribute album.
Brother Johnny is out April 15 via Quarto Valley Records.
Watch Edgar Winter's cover of "Johnny B. Goode" below.
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Article Image: Johnny Winter singing into a microphone and playing his guitar in 2007. (chascar [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)