Roots & Blues Preview – Johnny Winter

For the second straight year, StorageMart is giving away a Roots & Blues Whole Hog VIP Getaway.  Two lucky winners will each receive a pair of “Whole Hog” VIP Passes and hotel accommodations for the Roots & Blues & BBQ Festival, to be held September 20-22 in Columbia, Missouri.

How often do you have a chance to see one of the greatest guitarists in history performing live?  Attendees at this year’s Roots & Blues Festival will have that chance when blues guitar legend Johnny Winter takes the stage.

Born in Leland, Mississippi in 1944, Winter and his younger brother Edgar both began playing music at an early age.  Johnny Winter released his first album, “The Progressive Blues Experiment”, on the Austin, TX label Sonobeat Records in August 1968.  Just a few months later an article on the Austin music scene in Rolling Stone magazine called him the “hottest item outside of Janis Joplin” in music.

Winter soon signed with Columbia Records, which re-released his debut album and the follow ups “Johnny Winter” and “Second Winter” in 1969.  Extensive touring followed, including an appearance at the original Woodstock Festival in the early morning hours of Monday, August 18, 1969.

Known mainly for this high energy live performances, Winter also fulfilled a dream by working with the legendary guitarist Muddy Waters as he produced three albums for the iconic bluesman in the late 1970’s. Each album would go on to win the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album, giving Waters the greatest mainstream recognition and commercial success of his career.

Winter continues to record and perform.  He was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1988 and in 2003 Rolling Stone named him 63rd on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

See this iconic performer live when Johnny Winter takes the Roots & Blues Festival stage on Saturday, September 21st.

Heather Gerling (105 Posts)

Digital Marketing Assistant at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Lincoln University. Strongly believes you should never leave home without a book, and admits to having a coffee addiction.


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