Johnny Winter 1944-2014

Johnny Winter, the great blues-rocker guitarist passed away last week at the age of 70. Sad news for me because Johnny was probably the main reason I wanted to pick up the guitar well over 30 years ago and learn to play the blues. Although I got turned on to gads of other guitarists over the years, I still enjoyed listening to Johnny to this day.

As a commemoration, I thought I would take a photo of my own Gibson Firebird  guitar. Johnny was synonymous with the Firebird and I always liked his tone when playing one, hence my reason for purchasing a ‘bird.

I was going to post some JW videos but I’ll let you search him out. There’s plenty out there. To some he may be a relic from the classic rock past and I am sure most people have long forgotten about him.  But if you have a moment give a listen to a few full songs. The licks are endless. He was a rocker, he was a bluesman, and I liked both but it always came back to the blues.

R.I.P. Johnny

© David Guidas

© David Guidas

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