Sadly, we lost Johnny on July 16, 2014. He was only 70, but he died playing the music he loved. When he died, part of me went with him to that celestial blues jam with Muddy, Janis and Jimi.
To honor my friend and musical icon, I wrote a 14 page tribute for The Blues Magazine.
Here's a sneak peek into that issue.
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When Johnny Winter turned 70 on February 23, 2014, he celebrated his birthday with Down and Dirty, a documentary about his life that debuted at SXSW and True to The Blues: The Johnny Winter Story, a new compilation box set.
Due to the incredible demand Raisin' Cain sold out and had to go into yet another printing!
Raisin' Cain is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Library and Archives, so both fans and scholars can learn about the Texas legend.
Bill Wax, program manager and host of B.B. King's Bluesville on Sirius/XM Radio, interviewed me on his show in late May 2010.
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Had a fabulous time at my book signings at Black Eyed Sally's in Hartford, Connecticut, the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland, Maine, and at Antone's, The Saxon Pub, B.D. Riley's, and Maggie Mae's in Austin, Texas. Tommy Shannon loved the book and said he learned things about Johnny that he never knew by reading Raisin' Cain. Alan Haynes got his copy on a Thursday night, started reading it after his gig, and was so enthralled that he didn't get to bed till 7 a.m. on Friday morning.
After music writers had received advance copies of the book, Classic Rock editor-in-chief Scott Rowley wrote: "I read a lot of rock bios in my job and Raisin' Cain is one of the best I've read . . . a great story well-told. A properly old-school book where you can feel the leg-work the writer has put in. Well done."
Soul Bag writer Eric Doidy wrote: "I began reading your work and it is fascinating. When reading the book, we really feel, not only that you know 'the facts' about Johnny Winter, but also that you have a deep understanding of where the man comes from, what he's been through, and who he is (musically and personally). I believe the book will please fans of Johnny Winter, but also a lot of other readers. Congratulations."
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