In the years since he signed a historic record deal with Columbia in 1969, Johnny Winter has crafted music that influenced generations of artists.
A torch-bearer for the blues, Winter’s artistic canon offers a clear link between British blues-rock and American Southern rock styles. This guitar slinger is also a man of relatively few words — as evidenced by his to-the-point accounting of the albums that changed his life — who prefers to let his music do most of the talking. So whose music blows Johnny Winter away?
3. Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, Two Steps From The Blues
Bobby sings his ass off on it. It has great arrangements on it, and the band played great. Everybody had that record when I was a teenager. Even the white kids liked it.
8. Johnny Winter, Johnny Winter
It was the first time I got to play what I really wanted to on a record. I was really happy with the way it ended up. It has some nice stuff on it.
9. James Brown, Live At The Apollo
He sang great. He did all of his hits on that one.