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Winter approaches in true blues fashion

Blues guitarist Johnny Winter plays three shows in the Thompson-Okanagan next month. - Photo submitted
Blues guitarist Johnny Winter plays three shows in the Thompson-Okanagan next month.
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The region is soon to play host to one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

Last seen locally at Salmon Arm’s Roots and Blues Festival in 2009, Johnny Winter, who at 67 years old is still touring and pumping out blues rock, will perform shows in Kamloops, Penticton and Kelowna.

Winter is probably best-known for his high-energy albums and live performances in the late ’60s and early ‘70s, but as a producer, he’s also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for legendary bluesman Muddy Waters and recorded several Grammy-nominated albums of his own.

He was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1988 and received another huge honour in 2003 when, at 59 years old, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him 74th in their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

After signing to Columbia Records in 1969 in what was called the largest solo artist deal of its time, Winter immediately laid out a blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues.

Today he is enjoying a resurgence performing to sold-out shows worldwide including a triumphant appearance at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival with Derek Trucks and Buddy Guy that has been immortalized on an Emmy award-winning DVD.

His Live Bootleg Series CDs have all entered the Top 10 Billboard Blues charts and the recent Grammy-nominated I’m A Bluesman has only added to his reputation.

In addition, Winter has been headlining such prestigious events as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Swedish Rock Fest, Warren Haynes X-mas Jam and Europe’s Rockpalast viewed by millions, just to name a few.

Warner Brothers has now released a 40th anniversary DVD of Woodstock: 3 Days of Love and Peace, the Director’s Cut featuring, for the first time, Winter playing his smoking classic Meantown Blues.

Opening for Winter for his dates in the Okanagan and Kamloops is Nanaimo blues-rocker David Gogo.

Concerts take place at the Kamloops Convention Centre Oct. 7 (phone 1-866-374-5483 for tickets or order online at hightideconcerts.net); Penticton’s Cleland Theatre Oct. 8 (tickets at 250-490-2426) and the  Kelowna Community Theatre Oct. 9 (tickets at 250-762-5050 or online at selectyourtickets.com).

 

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