Last week, Johnny Winter released his latest album titled Roots, honoring the players that have helped shape Winter’s own guitar style…both past and present.
Among the 11 tracks that together represent a veritable history of the Blues, are songs by the genre’s elder statesmen including a version of Robert Johnson’s 1936 recording “Dust My Broom.” Winter pays respect to the greats who came to prominence in the late 1940s and ’50s including Elmore James “Done Somebody Wrong,” Bobby “Blue” Bland’s “Further On Up The Road” and Chuck Berry’s first hit single, “Maybellene.” Also featured is “Come Back Baby,” written by Walter Davis and made popular by Ray Charles, Jimmy Reed’s 1961 hit, “Bright Lights, Big City,” and Muddy Waters’ version of “Got My Mojo Working.” Brother Edgar guests on “Honky Tonk,” the one instrumental featured on Roots. Rounding out the collection are Little Walter’s “Last Night,” Larry Williams’ “Short Fat Fannie” and T-Bone Walker’s “T-Bone Shuffle.” This special project was directed by famed guitarist Paul Nelson who’s role is as both producer and performer on this recording.
The new album feature a who’s-who list of blues rockers to create a must-have compilation.
Guest artists include: Sonny Landreth, Derek Trucks, Edgar Winter, Warren Haynes, Susan Tedeschi, Jimmy Vivino, John Popper, Vince Gill, John Medeski, and Paul Nelson.
The track listing for Roots is:
1. T-Bone Shuffle (featuring Sonny Landreth)
2. Further On Up The Road (featuring Jimmy Vivino)
3. Done Somebody Wrong (featuring Warren Haynes)
4. Got My Mojo Workin’
5. Last Night (featuring John Popper)
6. Maybellene (featuring Vince Gill)
7. Bright Lights, Big City (featuring Susan Tedeschi)
8. Honky Tonk (featuring Edgar Winter on sax)
9. Dust My Broom (featuring Derek Trucks)
10. Short Fat Fannie (featuring Paul Nelson)
11. Come Back Baby (featuring John Medeski)
Listen to sample clips HERE: