11 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Texas blues legend Johnny Winter’s first studio album in more than seven years features such top-shelf guests as Sonny Landreth, Jimmy Vivino, Warren Haynes, John Popper, and Vince Gill performing old-school blues classics. While many of the choices are obvious, such as Muddy Waters’ “Got My Mojo Workin’,” Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene” with Vince Gill, and Elmore James’s “Dust My Broom” with Derek Trucks, the performances are anything but routine. Winter is a bluesman beyond compare, and given the chance to record a no-nonsense collection of favorites, he goes for the toughest, mightiest grooves he can get. “Done Somebody Wrong,” featuring Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes, is on fire. Jimmy Reed’s “Bright Lights, Big City,” with Susan Tedeschi, has all of the original’s seduction and joy. This is a career highlight for Winter, proof that he still has authority all these years later. It’s also one of the best modern blues albums available.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Texas blues legend Johnny Winter’s first studio album in more than seven years features such top-shelf guests as Sonny Landreth, Jimmy Vivino, Warren Haynes, John Popper, and Vince Gill performing old-school blues classics. While many of the choices are obvious, such as Muddy Waters’ “Got My Mojo Workin’,” Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene” with Vince Gill, and Elmore James’s “Dust My Broom” with Derek Trucks, the performances are anything but routine. Winter is a bluesman beyond compare, and given the chance to record a no-nonsense collection of favorites, he goes for the toughest, mightiest grooves he can get. “Done Somebody Wrong,” featuring Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes, is on fire. Jimmy Reed’s “Bright Lights, Big City,” with Susan Tedeschi, has all of the original’s seduction and joy. This is a career highlight for Winter, proof that he still has authority all these years later. It’s also one of the best modern blues albums available.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

Guitar World Magazine ,

A Masterpiece!

This album returns Johnny to his roots by paying homage to
the iconic blues heroes whose pioneering music influenced Winter’s own
signature sound and style. Roots is the follow up to his Grammy-nominated I’m a Blues Man.

A host of special guests join Winter trading licks in honoring his idols, including
Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, John Popper, Jimmy Vivino,
Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, John Medeski and Johnny's brother Edgar
Winter.

Among the 11 tracks that together represent a veritable history of the
Blues, are songs by the genre’s elder statesmen including a version of
Robert Johnson’s 1936 recording “Dust My Broom.” Winter pays respect to
the greats who came to prominence in the late 1940s and ‘50s including
Elmore James “Done Somebody Wrong," Bobby “Blue” Bland's “Further On Up
The Road” and Chuck Berry’s first hit single, “Maybellene.” Also
featured is “Come Back Baby,” written by Walter Davis and made popular
by Ray Charles, Jimmy Reed’s 1961 hit, “Bright Lights, Big City,” and
Muddy Waters’ version of “Got My Mojo Working.” Brother Edgar guests on
“Honky Tonk,” the one instrumental featured on Roots. Rounding out
the collection are Little Walter's “Last Night," Larry Williams' “Short
Fat Fannie" and T-Bone Walker’s “T-Bone Shuffle.” This special project
was directed by famed guitarist Paul Nelson who's role is as both
producer and performer on this recording.

Jivin' Whitty ,

Johnny Delivers!

he's one of the TOP blues players of all time. 'nuff said.

kelvin273 ,

seriously good music>

Best stuff since the Liberty Hall sessions. I liken this to Johnny Cash doing the Rick Rubin thing on the American albums.
Ever wonder where Stevie Ray learned his trade?
I'm glad I'm back to listening to serious music again. Thanks Johnny. Keep it up.

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