Tue, 31 Dec 1996 20:35:26 -0500 kerri killingsworth
I think you are without a doubt the best guitarist ever to be discovered. I've been listening to your records since I was 2 years old, and I've developed my guitar style, both jazz and blues around your playing. My cousin Kenny Brown is an outstanding slide guitarist who plays with R.L. Burnside, listening to him is almost as good as listening to you. Unfortanetely, I've only had the pleasure of seeing you live once. If possible I would like a tour schedule of your 1997 concert dates. You can send it to Sammy Taylor at 1288 Dolan dr. memphis,Tn 38116.. Thanks for your time, may God bless you.
Tue, 31 Dec 1996 20:33:10 -0600
Robert S. Phelps
Great page! I,m a huge Johnny Winter fan, I was trying to find out if I could catch him on new years eve i'm glad you have some show dates.
Thu, 12 Dec 1996 20:44:20 -0500
I first saw Johnny play at the Spectrum in Philadelphia back in 1969. Back then they had a revolving stage in the middle of the arena.I got front row seats at the door (they were far from being sold out) and for $6.50 (not a typo) I got to see all on the same night, Johnny Winter, Led Zepplin, Jethro Tull, Al Kooper of the original Blood Sweat and Tears, and another band I can't remember. Talk about an unbeliveable show!
At that point I had never even heard of Johnny Winter. I was there to see Led Zepplin and see them I did. The revolving stage quit revolving right in front of me. In those days people were more civilized and they didn't need all of the security measures and the stage was up two steps from the floor. I was sitting with my legs stretched out and my feet were on the first step. Needless to say It was the greatest concert I have ever been to........so much for the tangent....sorry. Johnny was unbelieveable. He played several guitars. I think one was made of aluminum. The next time I saw him was at Pirates World in Dania Florida I think it 1972 or 73. Foghat was the opening act they were really hot that night. Johnny was playing with Rick Derringer at the time, and I am not sure, maybe someone could verify this for me, but I think they recorded the show and part of it is on the Johnny Winter live album. The whole house was rockin. Every one was on their feet from the first note to the last. We were all covered with sweat from jumping around and playing air guitars. It had to be one of the best concerts ever.
The next time I saw Johnny was at the Trocodera in Philadelphia. I think it was in 1992. The troc is just a small bar more or less. It was during the Hey where's you brother tour. He was playing with Jeff Gantz and Tom Compton. Johnnys brother Edgar was there with his band. He had Carmine Appice the drummer from the 60's band Vanilla Fudge and the 70's band Beck Bogart and Appice and the 80's band Blue Murder playing with him. Needless to say both bands were great. Johnny and Edgar got together for a couple of tunes. It was a great night. A lot of the older heads were there. It was sort of strange seeing men in three piece suits playing air guitar. My wife and I were sitting at a table with a younger guy. Between sets we were trading Johnny Winter stories. I told him about the 1969 concert and he kind of looked at me in a strange way and said "I wasn't even born yet" soon after that he moved to another table.
I guess it goes to show you that Johnny is picking up new fans all the time and still has the ones from 25 years ago.
I am starting to think that Johnnys guitar is actually part of his body. It dosen't matter what song he is playing it seems like notes are comming out of the frets into his fingers and he is just channeling the energy for us to enjoy. I have seen quite a few concerts, but no is more fun to watch and listen to than JOHNNY WINTER!
By the way if you ever get the chance, listen to Edgar Winters White Trash doing Tobacco Road. It is an old album but it is well worth the hunt.
I have to go now I feel the need to listen to "It's my own fault" off the live album. Maybe I will see you at the show.
Tue, 10 Dec 1996 23:01:20 -0600
I just found the JW site tonight and I think you are the same guy with I wrote requesting Disks. I saw Johnny for the first time in 71-72 in Tampa,Fl and got hooked. I had everything he ever made on record, always thought he was better than Jimmy Page, and on par with Clapton and Santana although Johnny played different than all of them. I have seen him about 6 times when I have been in the U.S. and lucky enough to catch his show. I go nuts because I cant get "JW and", "JDW the III", Saints and Sinners from his Columbia days on CD, His music is like not available on laser, from Japan or anywhere that I have tried, the only thing I have is Bob Dylans 30th disk and JW plays one song. I think he is still among the best and wish more people would discover this amazing talent. In Central America I know that I am his biggest fan, and try to introduce him to radio stations when I can. If anyone out there knows where this boy with the blues in Panama can get some good live laser performance by JW, I would be forever grateful and a piece missing in my life would be complete. If somehow JW ever gets this, I just want to wish him the best and continue doing music with Muddy Waters , JL Hooker
Sun, 8 Dec 1996 01:14:00 -0500
I was just looking around for some concert information and I ran into this website. I'd just like to say I saw Johnny in ' 92 and have since become a big fan. I completely agree with the folks who feel he's one of best blues guitarist yet one of the least rcognized.
Fri, 29 Nov 1996 16:57:07 +0800
my name is Hans Breuer, I'm a 32 year old German living and working in Taiwan as a translator for Chinese, German & English. That wasn't always what I wanted to be: when I was 14 yrs old, I saw the Johnster on a live TV show in Germany. After the show I decided to (a) form a band like Johnny's, (b) get me one of thse WAY COOL Gibson Firebirds (of which me and my father later amassed a collection of 12, various models), and (c) become Johnny Winter The Second, European Version. That man has given me so much, introducing me to the blues and how blues guitar can be played with a strong imagination, he's truly the only hero I ever had. I've seen him 5 times in Europe, missed him every time I went to the States (I did visit the place where they make the Lazer guitar in Austin, TX, though), and have long since given up the idea of becoming anywhere near as good as The Man, playing guitar only once in a blue moon, mostly acoustic stuff like J. plays on his beloved National Steels. Half a year ago, I went online, and, as you said, there was nothing about him on the Web. I'm glad there is now. Somebody has to tell the kids out there about the Guitar Slinger. Thanks for your page, man. I'll be back.
The Biggest J. Winter Fan In The Far East