The (Kind Of) Complete Woodstock: Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter

Midnight.  The Woodstock Music & Art Fair was supposed to over by now, but rain and other delays have pushed the festival into a fourth calendar day.  We’re heading into Monday, and Johnny Winter is going to get it going for us.

Johnny is a bad ass, as good of a bottleneck blues player as anybody out there.  He and his brother, Edgar, both were musical prodigies, but Johnny’s “official” career really kicked off when he signed with Columbia in 1969, the same year as Woodstock.

Edgar joined him for three cuts at Woodstock — “I Can’t Stand It,” “Tobacco Road,” and “Tell the Truth.”  His is the most genuine blues set from the festival, and as such it’s pretty timeless.  “You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now,” for example, sounds both as fresh and as ancient as it did that August night.

And if you want back story, Winter’s has more than a dozen VH1 Behind the Scenes episodes combined:  heroin addiction; vicious record company snakes screwing him over; an affair with Janis Joplin.  Come on, man, write a memoir.  That’s one story I want to read.

Johnny Winter is still very much alive, well, and working [Note: Winter died July 16, 2014, after this piece was originally posted].  If you want to hear some blues played the way nature intended, catch him live.   Visit his website for info.

Winter’s complete Woodstock set can be found on the CD Johnny Winter: The Woodstock Experience.  Here’s the set list:.

  1. Mama, Talk To Your Daughter
  2. Leland Mississippi Blues
  3. Mean Town Blues
  4. You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now
  5. I Can’t Stand It
  6. Tobacco Road
  7. Tell the Truth
  8. Johnny B. Goode

Your official (and bootleg) Woodstock soundtrack song count to date: 175

Next week: Blood, Sweat & Tears

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