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Edgar Winter, ‘Brother Johnny’: Album Review

Edgar Winter, ‘Brother Johnny’: Album Review

Edgar Winter, ‘Brother Johnny’: Album Review
April 15
14:09 2022

Large-cast all-star tribute albums are usually a buyer-beware proposition. Too often they’re slapdash and unfocused, a concept put together in somebody’s office that looks good, or at least potentially good, on paper but doesn’t quite gel in the studio. Brother Johnny, fortunately, is a rare exception. Eight years in the making, it’s a musical love letter from Edgar Winter to his older brother Johnny, the blues-rock great who died in 2014 at the age of 70.

It’s big – 17 tracks, 76 minutes – and filled with A-list names, especially on the guitar front. But Brother Johnny is a true labor of love, and every second is filled with a genuine passion and regard for a guy who, despite no longer being still alive and well, left a great deal of excellent music that’s still with us and gets its proper due on this tribute. More than 50 years on, some rock fans may not recall or may have never known about the impact Johnny Winter made when he emerged from Beaumont, Texas, getting a recording contract – reportedly for a record advance of $600,000 – after Mike Bloomfield invited him to jam with him and Al Kooper at the Fillmore East.

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Martin Nethercutt

Martin Nethercutt

Martin A Nethercutt is a writer, singer, producer and loves music. Creative Director at McCartney Studios Editor-in-Chief at McCartney Times Creator-in-Chief at Geist Musik President (title) at McCartney Multimedia, Inc. Went to Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Kassel Lives in Playa del Rey From Kassel, Germany Married to Ruth McCartney

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