Roots

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Yeah, Johnny Winter's first new studio album in over seven years is called Roots, and it features Winter with a bevy of guests like Sonny Landreth, Jimmy Vivino, Warren Haynes, Frank Latorre, John Popper, Vince Gill, Susan Tedeschi, brother Edgar Winter, Derek Trucks, Paul Nelson, John Medeski, and more covering 11 classic blues numbers originally tracked by blues greats like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, and others, but this isn't one of those "let's help out the old guitar player explore his roots" kind of blues album. Technically it is, perhaps, but this is every square inch Winter's album. He sings here as well as he ever has and his guitar ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Yeah, Johnny Winter's first new studio album in over seven years is called Roots, and it features Winter with a bevy of guests like Sonny Landreth, Jimmy Vivino, Warren Haynes, Frank Latorre, John Popper, Vince Gill, Susan Tedeschi, brother Edgar Winter, Derek Trucks, Paul Nelson, John Medeski, and more covering 11 classic blues numbers originally tracked by blues greats like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, and others, but this isn't one of those "let's help out the old guitar player explore his roots" kind of blues album. Technically it is, perhaps, but this is every square inch Winter's album. He sings here as well as he ever has and his guitar playing is powerful and brilliant, like it always is, and he's diving into songs and material that he's always emulated -- the end result is a coherently shaped, explosive, vibrant, and joyous set of Winter at his best doing what he loves the best. Roots explodes immediately with a funky and appropriately shuffling take on T-Bone Walker's "T-Bone Shuffle" and the album doesn't really let up from there, gearing through Jimmy Reed's "Bright Lights, Big City" (a duet with Susan Tedeschi), Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's "Honky Tonk," a delightful swamp instrumental that features Winter's younger brother Edgar, and a joyous take on Elmore James' "Dust My Broom," which roars and soars like it's supposed to, with Winter and guest Derek Trucks making sure that it does. Roots is easily one of the best blues albums of the year, and with the raw yet elegant grace that Winter brings to these songs, it's also one of the finest albums of his long career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2011
  • Label: Megaforce
  • UPC: 020286160342
  • Catalog Number: 1603
  • Sales rank: 3,049

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 T-Bone Shuffle - Sonny Landreth (4:54)
  2. 2 Further On Up the Road - Jimmy Vivino (4:18)
  3. 3 Done Somebody Wrong - Warren Haynes (4:47)
  4. 4 Got My Mojo Workin' - Frank Latorre (5:09)
  5. 5 Last Night - John Popper (5:47)
  6. 6 Maybellene - Vince Gill (2:49)
  7. 7 Bright Lights, Big City - Susan Tedeschi (4:28)
  8. 8 Honky Tonk - Edgar Winter (3:43)
  9. 9 Dust My Broom - Derek Trucks (6:04)
  10. 10 Short Fat Fannie - Paul Nelson (4:07)
  11. 11 Come Back Baby - John Medeski (6:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Winter Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar, Soloist, Fills
Sonny Landreth Guitar, Soloist, Fills
Warren Haynes Slide Guitar, Soloist, Fills
Edgar Winter Saxophone
Vince Gill Guitar, Soloist, Fills
John Medeski Organ, Soloist
John Popper Harmonica
Scott Spray Bass, Hand Clapping
Derek Trucks Slide Guitar, Soloist, Fills
Jimmy Vivino Guitar, Soloist
Joe Meo Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Susan Tedeschi Guitar, Vocals, Soloist
Mike DiMeo Organ, Piano
Frank Latorre Harmonica
Vito Luizzi Drums, Hand Clapping
Don Harris Trumpet
Johnny Montagnese Hand Clapping
Paul Nelson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Tambourine, Soloist, Guitar (Leslie)
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Steve Hecht Talent Coordinator
Neil Zlozower Back Cover Photo
John Lappen Publicity
Jeff Mallard Stage Manager
Stephen Jensen Art Direction
Brendan Muldowney Engineer
David Toraya Legal Advisor
Marion Amundsen Tour Manager
Louis Torrieri Cover Photo
Paul Nelson Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    Crank It Up!

    This is exactly the kind of music I love. I listen to it over and over and it just keeps getting better every time. Thank you Johnny for keeping it real.

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