13 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Johnny Winter was on the comeback trail when he died on July 16, 2014, at age 70. He’d just completed this album: the sequel to 2011’s Roots and the second of four planned collections of early blues and rock songs. The historical box set True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story, released earlier in 2014, reminded fans of his legacy. Step Back pairs Winter with contemporaries and fans such as Eric Clapton, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Dr. John, Joe Bonamassa, and Brian Setzer among the ranks. Winter sings and plays here with a focus that demonstrates how determined he was to remind folks of his abilities. Tracks such as “Don’t Want No Woman” (with Eric Clapton), “Killing Floor” (with producer/guitarist Paul Nelson), “Sweet Sixteen” (with Joe Bonamassa), and “Long Tall Sally” (in a brutal version with Mountain’s Leslie West) make the case for Winter’s resilience and should send longtime fans back to Winter’s early records to revisit his explosive talents. As producer Paul Nelson says, “He left on a high note.” Indeed.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Johnny Winter was on the comeback trail when he died on July 16, 2014, at age 70. He’d just completed this album: the sequel to 2011’s Roots and the second of four planned collections of early blues and rock songs. The historical box set True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story, released earlier in 2014, reminded fans of his legacy. Step Back pairs Winter with contemporaries and fans such as Eric Clapton, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Dr. John, Joe Bonamassa, and Brian Setzer among the ranks. Winter sings and plays here with a focus that demonstrates how determined he was to remind folks of his abilities. Tracks such as “Don’t Want No Woman” (with Eric Clapton), “Killing Floor” (with producer/guitarist Paul Nelson), “Sweet Sixteen” (with Joe Bonamassa), and “Long Tall Sally” (in a brutal version with Mountain’s Leslie West) make the case for Winter’s resilience and should send longtime fans back to Winter’s early records to revisit his explosive talents. As producer Paul Nelson says, “He left on a high note.” Indeed.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

woodpkr1 ,

One of the great ones.

A couple of days ago one of the greatest blues players passed away. Just listening to one cut of this last album I know it is going to be great. Johnny you will be missed. keep playing the blues in heaven with the greats.

the B-52`s ,

Legendary Texas Blues

Buy it, Turn it way up , "STEP BACK" and listen to Johnny and friends tear it up. this record goes to the core of what great blues music should and can be. Solid from start to finish. By far the best Winter music in a long time. this is Johnny's gift to the lovers of the blues. THANKS !!!

Lord Cobalt ,

Slide Master!

When I became a fan of Blues music, I developed a special love for GOOD slide guitar, both electric, and acoustic. There was none better than Johnny Winter at slide guitar! He proves that yet again, on this, his last album. He is in great form on this album, with both his playing, and his trademark raspy voice. Thanks for the music Johnny!

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