Heard the news today that Johnny Winter has died at age 70. You’ll notice on my post of 25 essential albums from 1960 to 1974 I listed Johnny Winter’s Progressive Blues Experiment. Talk about being blown away. I’ll never forget hearing that for the first time.
1. Bee Gees 2. Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin 3. Joni Mitchell as college student 4. Young David Bowie (not available in some countries) 5. Beatles 1962 6. Stevie Ray Vaughan 1980 7. Eric Clapton 1964 8. John Mayer 1999 9. Bob Dylan first network show 10. Leon Russell 1965 11. Jeff Beck 1965 12. Paul Shaffer 13. Elvis 1955 with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly 14. Aretha Franklin 1964 15. Whitney Houston 16. Barbara Dennerlein 1984 as a teenager 17. Derek Trucks @ 15 18. Beach Boys 1962 (not available in some countries) 19. Young Neil Young 20. Young Warren Haynes 21. Young Johnny Winter 22. Todd Rundgren in High School (next clip with Nazz, Todd on guitar) 23. Glen Campbell 24. Jim Seals & Dash Crofts before Seals & Crofts (on sax and drums) 25. Susan Tedeschi 1996 26. Steely Dan 1973 27. Etta James 28. Frank Zappa 1963!
BB King was only a couple of weeks away from his 87th birthday when he played the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 5, 2012. For the finale he was joined on stage by Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, and John Mayer.
Even now BB King tours nearly 300 nights a year, clearly the love he gives and receives keeps him going. I was lucky enough to catch BB King in a small lounge in Reno, Nevada in 1973 and it remains a vivid memory.
Here’s a tip, rent or buy his DVD about his life, it has interviews with Clapton, Santana, Derek Trucks, Dr. John and many, many more. It is a wonderful film about an amazing person.
Listen to my extended interview with The Ringers, the first interview of the band. Jimmy Herring is of course known from Widespread Panic, Aquarium Rescue Unit, the Allman Brothers Band, Keith Carlock and Wayne Krantz from Steely Dan and their work with Tal Wilkenfeld, and Michael Landau from his work with people like Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, Pink Floyd, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell a.m.m.
They are just about to start their first tour, listen in here
UPDATE Feb, 20th, 2013
I noticed a bunch of traffic to talking2musicians.com coming from http://www.burnthday.com/p/live-stream.html Wasn’t familiar with the site so I checked it out and found myself watching and listening to The Ringers first concert via Ustream. They now have audio files (MP3 & FLAC) posted for download. Or you can stream online here.
Hard to imagine these guys only had a couple of days to rehearse. Essentially this should be considered a jam session, but what I heard gave every indication that this could indeed be something grand. Keith Carlock was spectacular, as was Etienne Mbappe. If they were doing straight ahead blues, or standards something like this would be a snap, but that’s not who these guys are. It’s scary to think how good this could get if, given their busy schedules, they have a chance to play together often.
If you’re on the East Coast you don’t want to miss this — amazing.
Looking for some great roots & blues music? Paul Harvey, a veteran radio personality based in the Netherlands, has a great radio-on-demand program. Paul has promoted, interviewed, and brought many great musicians to Amsterdam over the years. For example, he was the first person to interview Derek Trucks on European radio, and organized his first three concerts in Europe. His show not only presents some fantastic music, but Paul also gives you the story behind the music. Do yourself a favor and check this out.