Johnny Winter’s New Album, ‘Step Back,’ Will Feature Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Brian Setzer and Joe Bonamassa

June 6th, 2014

According to our friends at GuitarWorld.com, blues legend Johnny Winter will release a new studio album, Step Back, September 2 via Megaforce Records. The album, the followup to 2011’s Roots, will find Winter exploring a more aggressive vintage-blues style.

The album also will feature a host of special guests, including Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, Dr. John, Leslie West, Brian Setzer and Joe Bonnamassa.

“If there’s good people, other good musicians, people enjoy it. I just love it,” Winter says. “[Step Back] is just to bring it to the people of today who haven’t listened to the old music. It’s better than anything they hear today.”

Produced by Winter’s guitarist, Paul Nelson, Step Back opens with “Unchain My Heart,” which features Winter and his band joined by the Blues Brothers horns. ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons is featured on “Where Can You Be.”

“I never had the opportunity to jam with him [in the Sixties and Seventies],” Gibbons says. “I was content to remain in awe and admiration.”

“If it weren’t for Johnny Winter, I would have never picked up the guitar,” adds Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, who joins Winter on Lightnin’ Hopkins’ “Mojo Hand.”

Other highlights include Winter’s guitar and vocal trade-offs with Harper on Willie Dixon’s “Can’t Hold Out (Talk to Me Baby),” Winter and Clapton’s rendition of Bobby Bland’s “Don’t Want No Woman” and Winter and Dr. John honoring Fats Domino with “Blue Monday.”

“When you hear that sound come out of that Firebird guitar, you know it can be the one and only Johnny Winter,” says Setzer, who is featured on Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown’s “Okie Dokie Stomp.”

Stay tuned for more information!

Comments

  1. Posted by Karen Daymond on June 12th, 2014, 00:58 [Reply]

    Can’t wait! When do you think it will be released?

    Cheers Karen

  2. Posted by John Toledo on June 12th, 2014, 06:57 [Reply]

    blues rocks

  3. Posted by perry on June 18th, 2014, 19:02 [Reply]

    Will be looking forward to new Winter, been listening to johnny since I was a kid ,great players in collaboration w/ johnny , its gotta gonna be just maybe the coolest guitar piece of the year…

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