Brother Johnny (2022)

A real godsend for our ears, this tribute from younger brother Edgar Winter to his brother Johnny Winter who died in 2014. Late Brother Johnny, incomparable dexterity on his Gibson Firebird with his very fat slide sound, as well as his scratchy voice, enchanted us throughout his glorious career. Edgar Winter, for this consideration to his eldest, surrounded himself with all the guitarist elite of Blues Rock, Brother Johnny acting for some as an influencer: only aces like Joe Bonamassa, Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks , Joe Walsh, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Doyle Bramhall II, Robben Ford, David Grissom, Keb Mo, Steve Lukather, to name a few. This sacred myriad puts all its know-how on the seventeen tracks of the album, a really very judicious choice concocted by Edgar Winter who gives his voice, his organ, his piano, his sax on the whole of the album, with of course compositions by Johnny Winter like "Mean Tow Blues" and "Self Destructive Blues" with Joe Bonamassa, "I'm Yours And I'm Hers" with Billy Gibbons and Derek Trucks, the incomparable fire ships from the aggressive Brother guitarist Johnny Rick Derringer with "Still Alive And Well" and "Rock'N'Roll Hoochie Koo". Covers where Johnny Winter made thunder and powder talk are also part of the party, with Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" in evidence where Edgar is supported by Joe Walsh and David Grissom, Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" with John Mc Fee and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, T Bone Walker's blues classic "Stormy Monday Blues" with Edgar Winter on vocals and piano and Robben Ford on guitar. Then also for good measure the "Jumping Jack Flash" of the Stones which excelled on the thunderous album dating from 1971 "Johnny Winter and Live". Now it's up to you to discover all the returns of this musical enchantment from this great tip of the hat to Johnny Winter, a primordial unique record.

Jacques Dersigny

Translation : Y. Philippot-Degand


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