Johnny Winter – B.B. King’s (New York, NY)

Johnny Winter (left) with Joe Louis Walker at B.B. King's. Photo by Arnie Goodman
Johnny Winter (left) with Joe Louis Walker at B.B. King’s. Photo by Arnie Goodman

Johnny Winter celebrated his 70th birthday and the release of his new Sony/Legacy box set, True To The Blues (reviewed in the March/April issue) with an all-star gig at BB Kings in NYC. And true to the blues, Johnny covered his heroes with a set list that included songs by Chuck Berry (“Johnny B. Goode”), Sonny Boy Williamson (“Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”), Muddy Waters (“Got My Mojo Working”), Ray Charles (“Black Jack”), Howlin’ Wolf (“Killing Floor”) and Elmore James (“Dust My Broom”). He had a little help from such friends as Popa Chubby, Debbie Davies, James Montgomery, Lance Lopez (who also opened the show), Mike Zito, Joe Louis Walker, Jon Paris and Frank Latorre, and the icing on his birthday cake was his induction into the New York Blues Hall Of Fame. Of course Johnny included some classic rock covers from the Stones (“Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “It’s All Over Now”) and Dylan (“Highway 61 Revisited”), and he and his band were in fine form throughout the ninety minute show. They left the sold-out crowd wanting more, and true to the blues, Johnny’s seemingly never-ending road show will bring it all back home soon enough…miss him at your peril…

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