180 Gram Vinyl Record
"'I always knew I d make it,' Johnny Winter, cigarette dangling from his lips, told me after a gig one night in 2007 as his tour bus rolled on through the darkness of rural Virginia. 'I never doubted it. I always knew that playing music was what I was meant to do, and I never even thought about doing anything else.'
"Live Bootleg Series Volume II, the second installment in Friday Music's artist-approved releases 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. 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." — Liner notes by Sean McDevitt
|1. Black Cat Bone|
|2. Parchman Farm|
|3. Rock Me Baby|
|4. Mississippi Blues|