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Edgar Winter reveals the first instrument he & his big brother Johnny played together in a wonderfully personal interview with Salem’s Blake Maddux

Every once in a while a reporter is able to get a rock icon to open up and share personal stories.  Local writer, Blake Maddux, is one of those rare few as you’ll be able to see in his interview with Edgar Winter in the Beverly Citizen.  Read it here!

Weaved through several fascinating stories about Woodstock, his brother Johnny, his father, mother and grandfather, Edgar says, “music is a lot more than just my internalized private world. It has the power to transcend boundaries and reach out and bring people together.”

You can experience what Edgar is talking about this Saturday, right down the road in Beverly at The Larcom, the most intimate, acoustically stellar listening room north of Boston!  Good seats still available starting at $29.00.  Get them here!


Here’s an Edgar Winter quote from the article:

So Johnny and I started out playing ukulele, singing Everly Brothers songs like “Wake Up Little Susie” and those kind of songs.

Great musicians like Johnny Winter and James Montgomery inspire each other

You may know that legendary blues man James Montgomery toured the world for 5 years as featured member of Johnny Winter’s band, so Johnny’s recent passing hit James extra hard.

There’s a special bond among musicians (especially those who tour together) that’s hard to describe.  I’ve never been to war, but the guys I know who have describe a very similar bond among the people in their unit.

Rather than try to describe this bond, I figure the best way to convey it is by demonstrating through music.  Isn’t that what music does anyhow — convey a feeling or circumstance that’s impossible to describe?

Check out this video of James with The Johnny Winter Band in NYC.  Johnny & James don’t even look at each other, but they don’t have to.  Their musical bond holds it all together.

Perhaps, when he kicks off the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert Series on August 22 at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion, we’ll get James to give us a taste of what it was like to tour with one of the greatest guitarists who ever lived!  Get your tickets NOW before they sell out like Johnny Winter at the Larcom in January.

BREAKING NEWS: Guitar Great Johnny Winter Dies at 70

Very sad news has been reported just now from Zurich.  More details here.

All of us who loved his music are in mourning.

Johnny Winter, you will be missed … your music lives on in us.

listen to my interview with Johnny Winter for GMG here

See photos by Sheila Roberts Orlando of Johnny Winter at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly Jan 31.


“I play better when the crowd likes it” ~ Johnny Winter. Listen to the interview now!


Earlier this afternoon I interviewed Johnny Winter and Paul Nelson, who is Jonny’s manager, producer of his latest album, “Roots” (which I highly recommend) along with his upcoming album “Step Back”, due out in April — and he plays guitar in Johnny’s band.

Johnny and Paul talk about their influences, the Blues, sound, performing, recording …  Johnny even tells us how he practiced screaming when he was young.  Plus they give us a feel for just how hot this upcoming show on Jan 31 will be.

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions in yesterday’s post.  Johnny answered questions by Ricardo Fernandez and Tom Hauck in this interview.  Listen below:

There are still a few tickets left to see the great Johnny Winter at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre on Friday, Jan 31.  This show will sell out, so if you want to go, get tickets here.

Ask Johnny Winter a question and WIN one of his CDs

I’m taping an interview with rock-blues legend Johnny Winter tomorrow and I’ll post the podcast of it on GMG.  Johnny Winter is an icon.  One of the best guitar players alive, excellent voice, and perhaps one of the best blues producers ever.

Next month Johnny Winter turns 70 and has a brand new 4-CD set coming out.  In two weeks (1/31) he’s performing at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly (there are still a few tickets left.  Get them here.)

His label sent me a couple of his critically acclaimed 2011 CD, “Roots”, which is spectacular and proves his status as one of the greatest blues men of all time (as if anyone would argue).

Put a question in the comments to this post and I’ll ask it tomorrow.  Better yet, I’ll give away a CD to the best question submitted.

I need these questions by NOON tomorrow SUN 1/19.

Let’s have some fun!

BREAKING NEWS: Local Favs Opening for Johnny Winter on 1/31 at Larcom Theatre

Local Favs Opening for Johnny Winter on 1/31 at Larcom Theatre

JohnnyWinter_Larcom2Don’t miss the chance to see Eric Reardon on guitar, Henley  Douglas Jr on sax, John Iltis on drums and Dave Walker on bass open for Johnny Winter on Friday January 31 at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly.  Balcony seats still available.


Henley Douglas Jr


Eric Reardon

Johnny Winter Ticket giveaway!

Monday Ticket Contest! M.E. Productions loves giving away tix…so, here’s a little contest to win a 4-pack to the Johnny Winter show on 1/31.  See details on Facebook here  https://www.facebook.com/larcomtheatre
FB Johnny contest

Johnny Winter review in Boston Blues Society:  Before the set, I asked him what was on his list for the night? “Chuck. The Stones. Muddy and Robert Johnson?” and he nodded and said “Yep. That pretty much takes care of it” and he proved to be a man of his word. Opening with “Johnny B. Good” the hour long performance kept building momentum song after song. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “It’s All Over Now”, “Boney Maroney”, “Got My Mojo Working”;  “Highway 61″ and “Dust My Broom” on slide were all done to perfection; and the packed house loved it.  see full story here.

Get tickets to Johnny Winter:

Win a Pair of Tix 2 see Johnny Winter at Larcom Theatre on 1/31/14

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Ticket Tuesday! Win two tickets to see blues-rock legend Johnny Winter just by being a fan of our Facebook page AND “liking” this photo! Feel free to click the share button and tell your friends, but sharing not necessary to win. We’ll pick a winner on Thursday. Have fun and click “like”!

Disclaimer: Entrants must be 18 years old or over. This promotion does not have a connection with Facebook in any way and is not sponsored, supported or organized by Facebook. The recipient of the information provided by you is not Facebook, but M.E. Productions, LLC.

There is a lot of great stuff happening at the Larcom Theatre and it is virtually next-door not “up the line”.  Do yourself a favor and check out it out.

Johnny Winter Coming to Beverly’s Larcom Theatre

Johnny Winter Tickets ON SALE TODAY!


For 40 years Johnny Winter has been a guitar hero without equal. He immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues with a powerful combination of authentic Texas funk and his own high-energy interpretation for the legions of fans just discovering the blues via the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.

Johnny Winter is enjoying an unparalleled resurgence performing to sold-out shows worldwide even after a long life full of honors and accomplishments. Performing now with a renewed vigor and fire to say that he is “back” would be an understatement. In fact, he never left. He is just better than ever. Don’t miss a true living legend as he rocks the Larcom!  Tickets On Sale NOW  

Other Things Happening at the Larcom

The Slide Brothers on Saturday, November 2nd. The Slide Brothers are the greatest living musicians who embody the Sacred Steel tradition.  The joyous music these legendary artists create extends far beyond scared steel to encompass blues, rock and soul all celebrated with a sound that is uniquely their own.  This is their ONLY New England show this year.   With Special guest singer-songwriter Michael Thomas Doyle.   

Henri Smith & his all-star band
, featuring Grammy winner Amadee Castenell bring a New Orleans Christmas to the historic Larcom Theatre for the very first time on Saturday, December 14th. The concert will feature traditional New Orleans jazz and blues with a touch of gospel, topped off with Christmas favorites. 


As Fly Amero says (in this post) the Larcom Theatre is “right down the street from us all (not ‘up the line’, which makes everyone think it’s far, far away when it’s really not)” So don’t be shy — come down the street to the Larcom Theatre for a spectacular concert!