The Beatles’ Ringo Starr, ZZ Top’s Billy F Gibbons, Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins and a host of other big names are among those contributing to Brother Johnny, a 17-track record celebrating the career of legendary blues musician Johnny Winter.
Winter produced three Grammy Award winning albums for blues singer and guitarist Muddy Winter before recording a string of his own Grammy nominated records and in 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame. Winter died in 2014, aged 70.
Brother Johnny has been curated by Winter’s brother Edgar and sees appearances from Taylor Hawkins, Ringo Starr, Billy Gibbons and Jon Bonamassa.
To go alongside the announcement of Brother Johnny, Edgar Winter has released a cover of Chuck Berry’s iconic rock anthem “Johnny B Goode” with Eagles’ vocalist Joe Walsh.
“To this day, when I think of rock ‘n’ roll, I think of Chuck Berry and “Johnny B. Goode”. It’s not only Johnny’s story, but also every kid’s story who ever picked up a guitar, coming from humble beginnings with the idea of making it big someday. So of course, it has to be on this album,” explained Edgar.
“I am honored to have contributed to this wonderful album, Brother Johnny, which will be out on April 15 honoring the late great Johnny Winter. It was organized by his brother Edgar, who asked me to join him on 2 of the 17 tracks,” Joe Walsh added.
Brother Johnny’ also features appearances from The Doobie Brothers’ John McFee and Michael McDonald, Toto’s Steve Lukather and Bon Jovi’s Phil X alongside Doyle Bramhall II, David Grissom, Warren Haynes, Keb Mo, Doug Rappoport, Bobby Rush, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Derek Trucks, Waddy Wachtel and Gregg Bissonette.
Brother Johnny is set for release on April 15 2022. It will be issued through Quarto Valley Records.