Johnny Winter

Live Bootleg Series Vol. 2

Live Bootleg Series Vol. 2
Live Bootleg Series Volume II the second installment in this artist-approved release displays the same unshakable confidence that made Johnny Winter one of the 20th century's most important and influential guitarists. It also illuminates the native Texan s lifelong love affair with the blues, not to mention his absolute mastery of the guitar.

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Live Bootleg Series Volume II the second installment in this artist-approved release displays the same unshakable confidence that made Johnny Winter one of the 20th century's most important and influe...
Live Bootleg Series Volume II the second installment in this artist-approved release displays the same unshakable confidence that made Johnny Winter one of the 20th century's most important and influential guitarists. It also illuminates the native Texan s lifelong love affair with the blues, not to mention his absolute mastery of the guitar.

Johnny's own searing Black Cat Bone, a tune he first recorded for 1969 s The Progressive Blues Experiment, kicks things off, and it s followed by a true blues story: a tale of persecution, the Mose Allison-penned Parchman Farm, which Johnny transforms into a heavy, groove-laden rocker. 

Up next is Rock Me Baby, a hit for B.B. King. To this day, Johnny fondly recalls the night in 1962 in his native Beaumont when B.B., playing a local blues club called The Raven, hesitantly allowed a young Johnny Winter after first checking to see if he had a union card to sit in with his band. (Johnny did, in fact, take the stage that night, and he earned a standing ovation for his efforts.) This riff-heavy reading of B.B. s classic is vintage Johnny, sporting his deep-throated growl and soaring, overdriven blues-rock guitar lines.

An undeniable highlight of this collection is the jaw-dropping, 15-minute reading of Willie Brown s Mississippi Blues. Alongside a wailing harmonica, Johnny expertly builds the tune from the bottom up, each turnaround giving way to yet another verse that seems to up the ante even more. By the time the tune concludes its sixth minute and the entire band kicks in, the guitar lines have become simply torrid and there s still a lot more ahead. It sets the table beautifully for what comes next, Johnny s incendiary take on Robert Johnson s Crossroads, which rocks firmly in the spirit of Cream. Closing this collection is a simply unforgettable Red House, in which Winter dedicates the tune to Al Hendrix in memory of his late son Jimi. 

Johnny Winter's blues have always run deep. The disc you hold in your hands is proof.
Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Black Cat Bone
  2. Parchman Farm
  3. Rock Me Baby
  4. Mississippi Blues
  5. Crossroads
  6. Red House (Bonus Live Recording)





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