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For the past eight years, Johnny Winter fans have had to rely on reissues for a fix of the blond bombshell from Texas. Now the “Guitar Slinger” is back with I’m a Blues Man, a solid set of rockin’ roadhouse and down-and-dirty slow-blues numbers. The title cut is not Z. Z. Hill’s slow-grind hit but a biographical tune by Winter’s friend Paul Nelson, who also wrote the prison-bound tale “Shakedown.” Here, Winter’s guitar playing is as precise and chilling as it was on his classic 1970s work. For some serious Winter-style slide there are two wide-open rockers, “Lone Wolf” and “Sweet Little Baby.” The guitarist goes solo acoustic for the dark “That Wouldn’t Satisfy,” ...
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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
For the past eight years, Johnny Winter fans have had to rely on reissues for a fix of the blond bombshell from Texas. Now the “Guitar Slinger” is back with I’m a Blues Man, a solid set of rockin’ roadhouse and down-and-dirty slow-blues numbers. The title cut is not Z. Z. Hill’s slow-grind hit but a biographical tune by Winter’s friend Paul Nelson, who also wrote the prison-bound tale “Shakedown.” Here, Winter’s guitar playing is as precise and chilling as it was on his classic 1970s work. For some serious Winter-style slide there are two wide-open rockers, “Lone Wolf” and “Sweet Little Baby.” The guitarist goes solo acoustic for the dark “That Wouldn’t Satisfy,” written by one of Winter’s Texas heroes, Hop Wilson. He acknowledges another inspiration, Lazy Lester, with an ebullient version of the harmonica player’s “Sugar Coated Love.” I’m a Blues Man shouts the return of Johnny Winter as a roots guitarist with a rock ‘n’ roll soul.
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Yes, he's a bluesman -- has anyone at all familiar with Johnny Winter ever thought anything else? But his first album of new material in almost eight years was certainly very much in the straightforward blues-rock mold, emphasis on the "blues" over "rock." There was nothing to either disappoint longtime fans or excite the unconverted, as it was about exactly the set you'd expect from Winter, setting energetic if predictably formatted material to solid electric blues arrangements. His accomplished guitar playing sometimes bore a tarter tone than some of his past recordings, and his vocals as always were not as impressive as his axe work, though they were serviceable. The songs were a mixture of originals, contributions from past and present sidemen and producer Tom Hambridge, and covers of Lazy Lester's "Sugar Coated Love" and Hop Wilson's "That Wouldn't Satisfy." Although this is acceptably competent, good-natured blues-rock, it's the acoustic "That Wouldn't Satisfy" that provides the most inspired moments. Winter's slide guitar on this track is superb, whetting one's appetite for an entire album of such outings should he ever be in the mood to go unplugged.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2004
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724359008127
  • Catalog Number: 90081

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm a Bluesman (4:12)
  2. 2 Cheatin' Blues (3:22)
  3. 3 I Smell Smoke (3:57)
  4. 4 Lone Wolf (3:29)
  5. 5 So Much Love (3:22)
  6. 6 The Monkey Song (6:13)
  7. 7 Shake Down (4:02)
  8. 8 Sweet Little Baby (2:48)
  9. 9 Pack Your Bags (4:04)
  10. 10 Last Night (3:12)
  11. 11 That Wouldn't Satisfy (4:08)
  12. 12 Sugar Coated Love (4:00)
  13. 13 Let's Start All Over Again (4:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Winter Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar, Group Member
Brad Hallen Electric Bass
Tom MacDonald Electric Bass
Scott Spray Electric Bass, Bass Guitar, Group Member
Tom West Hammond Organ
Reese Wynans Keyboards
Sal Baglio Rhythm Guitar
Tom Hambridge Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Monster Mike Welch Rhythm Guitar, Guest Appearance
James Montgomery Harmonica, Group Member
Wayne June Drums
Paul Nelson Guitar, Electric Guitar, Group Member
Technical Credits
Johnny Winter Composer, Producer
Freddie Scott Composer
Roger Reale Composer
Scott Baggett Engineer
Hop Wilson Composer
J.D. Miller Composer
Jon Paris Composer
Dick Shurman Producer, Audio Production
Scott Spray Composer
Jon Tiven Composer
Ducky Carlisle Engineer
Tom Hambridge Composer, Audio Production
Sally Tiven Composer
James Montgomery Composer
John Shyloski Engineer
Ken Howell Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    At last--------- Johnny Winter returns to the studio!

    I just picked up Johnny`s new cd, "I`m a Bluesman", + it sounds great......... We`ve been waiting a long time for it + I`m happy to say Johnny didn`t disappoint. His playing sounds strong, not as fast as the old days, but a little mellower. His tone is still unmistakably the real Johnny Winter you would expect to hear. The title track, (I`m a Bluesman),which was written by Johnny`s bassist Scott Spray + gutarist Paul Nelson, showcase Johnny having a great time as he tells the world "bluesmen do it all, + I`ve done the most". Scott + Paul also wrote : "Shakedown" + "Pack your bags" for the cd, + They sound great too. Johnny`s slide work on "Sweet little baby" is the finest slide playing I`ve heard in years. JW is still the King when it comes to real slide playing. All in all,the cd was well worth the wait(about 8 years from the last one). Can`t wait to check out Johnny live soon--------will check his website for dates... WWW.Johnnywinter.net

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