Roots

Roots

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by Johnny Winter
     
 

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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,

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2011
Label:
Megaforce
UPC:
0020286160342
catalogNumber:
1603
Rank:
2579

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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,Rhythm Guitar,Tambourine,Soloist,Guitar (Leslie)

Technical Credits

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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Roots 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.