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By the mid-1970s, Johnny Winter was the No. 1 top-drawing arena rock act in the country. In 1974 he began recording for Blue Sky, a CBS-distributed label founded by his manager Steve Paul. Not only did Johnny release four solo albums on Blue Sky, but he also produced several Muddy Waters albums, giving the blues legend the chance to record for a major record label. Two of those albums, Hard Again and the follow-up, I'm Ready, won Grammy Awards.
"Working with Muddy made me feel people were finally realizing that I'm not faking, and can really play blues," Johnny says. 'I felt I'd established myself." After a four-year recording hiatus, Johnny joined the Alligator Records family in 1984. His desire to record nothing but authentic blues made for a perfect fit. When Johnny released Guitar Slinger, it was widely hailed as his best (and bluesiest) album ever; it charted in both Billboard and Cashbox as well as earning a Grammy nomination.
The next year, Johnny followed up with Serious Business. The blistering album won Johnny his second Grammy nomination with Alligator Records. 3rd Degree, his final Alligator release, came out in 1986. The album featured several special guests and an array of blues styles. Original Johnny Winter Trio players Tommy Shannon and Uncle John Turner, as well as Mac "Dr. John' Rebennack, made guest appearances. Johnny also played two solo acoustic cuts on the National Steel guitar (the first time he'd played the National in the studio since 1977). The 2015 vinyl-only album It's My Life, Baby - The Best Of The Alligator Records Years, collects eight classic tracks from these releases, featuring one brilliant, career-defining performance after another.
|1. Don’t Take Advantage Of Me|
|2. It’s My Life, Baby|
|3. Third Degree|
|4. Boot Hill|
|5. Mojo Boogie|
|6. Master Mechanic|
|7. Murdering Blues|
|8. Broke And Lonely|