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Johnny Winter Working On New Album Of Blues Standards

Johnny Winter at B.B. King's in 2010. Photo by Arnie Goodman
Johnny Winter at B.B. King’s in 2010. Photo by Arnie Goodman

Johnny Winter is back in the studio and at work on a new album. The legendary guitarist is recording another collection of blues standards as the followup to his 2011 album Roots. The new album will be a star-studded affair, featuring contributions from the likes of Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Billy Gibbons, Mark Knopfler, Joe Perry, and Dr. John.

According to comments made in Billboard by Winter’s manager/guitarist Paul Nelson, the album is set to come out in the summer, and there will be at least two more editions of Roots on the way. “We started this series of traditional songs that Johnny grew up on — I knew it was an easy formula for him to digest,” Nelson said. “He was happy to do this and it fueled his need to do this, relearn songs from the past. It was educational.”

Winter’s second Roots album will be just one part of a busy year for the music legend. A box set of his best work, True To The Blues, came out in February, and a documentary on his life premiered this week at South By Southwest.

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