Month: April 2016

Johnny Winter (II)

W oke up with this song in my head and so I’ll just leave it here. Bassist Jon Paris, drummer Bobby “T” Torello and, of course, the incomparable Johnny Winter performing one of his signature tunes, the Bob Dylan classic, Highway 61 Revisted. Shot in the early 80s this is a SMOKING, almost Heavy Metal version of this song. There are also a couple of other good versions out there.

He totally killed with this song at the Bob Dylan Birthday Bash at MSG in 1992, even though hardly anyone mentioned it at the time. You know Johnny is the man when a legend like Steve Cropper applauds him warming up [see 30-35 seconds in on the video]. Johnny later related that he couldn’t hear his amp very well for this performance, which is what all of the signalling between him and G E Smith is about early in the song. He still totally killed it. I’m sure he dug playing with Smith, Jim Keltner and Booker T and the MGs. They had a really great stage band for that show!

I saw Johnny in the early 80s and he was great!! and saw him again later in the 80s and he was awesome! I’m glad there are videos of him in his prime because he was a monster and even though he was from Texas originally, he was always a NYC favorite. The next time you see me coming brother you better run… Indeed.

Incidentally, this is my 100th post on The Guitar Cave. What a milestone! As always I appreciate everyone who visits and views the TGC and encourage you to write in and let me know what’s going on. I always enjoy getting mail and hearing about other peoples’ guitar adventures. Plenty more to come, so stay tuned!

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