Ringo Starr, ZZ Top, Joe Walsh and more contribute to Johnny Winter Tribute album

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Ringo Starr, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Foo Fighter’s Joe Walsh and Taylor Hawkins are a handful of artists celebrating the life of the late singer and guitarist Johnny Winter on the tribute album. Brother johnny (Quarto Valley Records), released April 15.

“When I was very young, I still remember thinking that no matter how much time goes by, how old I am, what is going on in my life or how far I am from home, there is a person in this. world that I always know understand what I’ve been through, how I feel, and that person is my brother Johnny, ”said Edgar Winter, who hosted the 17 Track Tribute.

“As kids we were inseparable, much closer than the average sibling,” Winter added. “Not only did we learn to play music together, but because we were both albinos, we shared a unique personal perspective on life that was different from anyone else’s.”

Brother johnny is a tribute composed mostly of covers to the legacy and evolution of Johnny Winter as an artist, and also includes two new songs written by Edgar.

The album features a cast of star musicians including Joe Bonamassa, John McFee and Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers, Steve Lukather of Toto, Bon Jovi guitarist Phil X, Doyle Bramhall II, David Grissom, Warren Haynes, Keb Mo, Doug Rappoport, Bobby Rush, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Derek Trucks, Waddy Wachtel and Gregg Bissonette.

For the first single, the Eagles’ Joe Walsh sings a cover of Chuck Berry’s 1969 hit, “Johnny B. Goode”. Growing up in Beaumont, Texas, Edgar recalls performing the song with his older brother at a local talent show when they were barely adults.

“I guess I was 11 or 12 and Johnny about 14 or 15,” Winter said. “We had our very first band called Johnny and the Jammers and the best song we knew was ‘Johnny B. Goode’ so we went in, we kept going, we played it, we won and kept on. make our first record – a song Johnny wrote called “School Day Blues” – and as they say, the rest is history. ”

Winter added, “To this day, when I think of rock and roll, I think of Chuck Berry and ‘Johnny B. Goode’. This is not just the story of Johnny, but also the story of every child who has ever bought a guitar, coming from humble beginnings with the idea of ​​one day becoming great. So of course it has to be on this album.

Produced by Edgar Winter and Ross Hogarth, Brother johnny was recorded at Capitol Studios with numerous guest performances recorded at Infinite Spin Records and their individual studios during the pandemic, then mixed by Hogarth in his New York studio The Boogie Motel.

Throughout his career, Winter, who died in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2014 at the age of 70, produced three Grammy-winning albums for blues guitarist and singer Muddy Waters and was inducted into the Blues Foundation. Hall of Fame in 1988.

“So much has happened to both of us since then, but one thing will always remain the same… this bond, of brotherhood, of family, of music and of love,” said Edgar Winter. “So, in his name, I dedicate this album.”

Photos: Courtesy of Noble PR

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