Step Back

Step Back

by Johnny Winter
     
 

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Stepping into the role of a whirlwind albino electric blues guitar player from Texas with a brilliant slide style and a roaring voice was the very role Johnny Winter was born to fill. He released nearly 30 albums of blues and blues-rock in his 40-plus-decade career, and delivered countless memorable concerts as well. His death in the summer of 2014 at the age of 70

Overview

Stepping into the role of a whirlwind albino electric blues guitar player from Texas with a brilliant slide style and a roaring voice was the very role Johnny Winter was born to fill. He released nearly 30 albums of blues and blues-rock in his 40-plus-decade career, and delivered countless memorable concerts as well. His death in the summer of 2014 at the age of 70 left an unfillable void in the international blues community. Step Back is his final studio album, and it follows his 2011 release Roots in paying tribute to his various blues influences, and, like Roots, it is essentially a series of duets with all-star guests, with Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, Dr. John, Leslie West, Brian Setzer, and Joe Bonnamassa helping out this time around. Produced by Winter's guitarist, Paul Nelson, the album is full of gritty, soaring guitar, the kind of straightforward blues-rock style Winter has always been known for, and it's obvious over his last two albums that Winter still found joy and excitement in it all, and he went out playing perhaps as well as he ever had, having learned the nuances of these classic blues songs inside and out. Highlights here include versions of Lightnin' Hopkins' "Mojo Hand" (with Aerosmith's Joe Perry), Bobby Bland's "Don't Want No Woman" (with Eric Clapton), Fats Domino's "Blue Monday" (with Dr. John), and Gatemouth Brown's "Okie Dokie Stomp" (with Brian Setzer), and even with all the guests, it's still Winter's show. Nothing here is innovative or particularly startling, though, but it's all solid, and it's comforting to know that Winter went out in peace with the blues and his legacy, and most importantly, without his skills diminishing.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2014
Label:
Megaforce
UPC:
0020286216964
catalogNumber:
1696
Rank:
10679

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Winter   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Dr. John   Piano
Joe Perry   Guitar
Tom "Bones" Malone   Trombone
Brian Setzer   Guitar
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Billy Gibbons   Guitar
Ben Harper   Vocals,Slide Guitar
Lou Marini   Tenor Saxophone
Scott Spray   Bass
Leslie West   Guitar
Don Harris   Trumpet
Joe Meo   Alto Saxophone
Mike DiMeo   Piano,Hammond B3
Frank Latorre   Harp
Meredith DiMenna   Background Vocals
Jason Ricci   Harp
Tom Curiale   Drums
Wendy Brown-Rashad   Background Vocals
Shauna Jackson   Background Vocals
Paul Nelson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Fills
Cynthia Tharpe   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Weintrob   Cover Photo
Stephen Jensen   Art Direction
Paul Nelson   Producer
Marty Tremme   Band Photo
Brendan Muldonney   Engineer

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