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Johnny Winter, Rest in Peace

Johnny Winter

Legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter passed away on Thursday, July 17th at the age of 70. He was on tour, celebrating his 70th birthday, when he passed away in hotel room in Switzerland. He had just played the Lovely Days Festival in Wiesen, in Austria, this last weekend.


Winter released his first album, ‘The Progressive Blues Experiment’ in 1968, and things took off. Rolling Stone sang his praises, and the next year he played a great set at Woodstock, followed close by the release of his second album.


Johnny Winter 1969 Mean Town Blues at Woodstock 1969


 In 1977 he’d get to work with one of his boyhood heroes, Muddy Waters. He produced and played on four albums, three of which won Grammy Awards. Several Johnny Winter albums would get Grammy nominations, too, but never won.


Winter started early, in the late 50s. At the age of 15 he had songs on the radio with his band Johnny and the Jammers, with his younger brother Edgar on piano. Winters was hanging out at black blues clubs in Beaumont, TX, occasionally sitting in with Blues legends like Muddy Waters and Bobby Bland.


Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty – SXSW 2014 Accepted Film


A memorable moment came for Johnny Winter at 17, when BB King came to town.


“I went with my band, and I really wanted B.B. to hear me play, because I loved B.B.’s music and I wanted to show him what I could do. So I sent some of my friends over to ask him if it’d be OK,” Winter says. “He was having tax problems at the time, and he thought — us being the only white people in there — that we’d come from the IRS to bust him for his taxes.”
After some prodding, though, King relented and invited Winter onstage to perform.
“He didn’t know whether I could play or not,” Winter says, chuckling. “I think he was just so glad that we didn’t come to mess with him about his taxes, he didn’t care.”


A new Johnny Winter album, ‘Step Back,’ is due out in September, and includes Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, and Joe Perry from Aerosmith.


Johnny Winter Live Copenhagen 1970 Full Show

Your Invited to the 6th Annual Gary Curtis Memorial Blues Picnic

On July 12th of this weekend, the 6th annual Gary Curtis Memorial Picnic benefitting the Monroe County Diabetes Association, will take place at the American Legion in East Stroudsburg at :201 E 5th St East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. The live musical entertainment will begin at 2pm and go util about 7pm at night. The line-up this year will be even more fantastic than last year, if that is even possible. There will be tons of homemade food and drinks available for purchase. The suggested donation is only ever $10 dollars which will pay for itself by the time you leave the venue.

Gary Curtis 6th Memorial Picnic

The line-up will include the following

  • Harpoon Johnny Petrizzo, owner of the popular destination restaurant and Tiki bar located  in downtown Bushkill,  will be playing and singing some popular classic rock tunes.
  • The Blues Dude and Friends, this will include yours truly, myself The Blues Dude on lead guitar and vocals, Tony Dellaria on drums, Rick “longhair” Madigan on bass, and an actual member of Gary Curtis’s band, Dwight Spencer on keys.
  • The ShielaMark Band playing an authentic hammond B3 organ and singing some familiar tunes.
  • Professor Kessler singing and performing short comedy routines.
  • A new mystery group called “The Fangs”
  • Friars Point playing some bluesy classics along with their own unique blend of tasty originals.
  • Finally to close it out The Gary Curtis All-Stars will be covering numerous Gary Curtis originals. Members are John O’Carrol on Vocals and guitar, The Blues Dude on lead and rhythm guitar, Tony Dellaria on Drums, Rick Madigan on Bass, & Dwight Spencer on keys and organ.

There will be tons of food to eat, beverages to drink; both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, a great blend of old and new local talent and of course there may be some raffles and door prizes this year as well. Come early and stay late!! See you there.

Here is one of the last videos taken of Gary Curtis playing the amazing song Sally’s Playing Bingo with Dwight Spencer and others. We all miss you and are grateful for the wonderful music you have bestowed upon us.