Thursday, 4 September 2014

johnny winter live in copenhagen 1970

Since Johnny Winter passed away in July there's been some interesting videos appearing of his live performances over the years, but there are none more remarkeable than this 20 minute live performance filmed in Copenhagen in 1970. The venue is an initimate cellar or club setting obviously picked especially for the occasion and the audience is closely seated at tables and chairs just feet from the performers.
Don't be misled by what appears to be the passiveness of the young 'heads' watching this, they sit with quiet and rapt attention witnessing a unique performance of Winter in his prime that none there could possibly have fully appreciated at the time. From Texas to Copenhagen in 1970 would have been like a visit from anothert world. Remember this is recorded just 12 months or less after after his legendary 'Second Winter' album and his performance at Woodstock.
It gives us a front row seat view rarely recorded on film of one of the great guitarists of the era. There's even a sighting of Winter's 12 string Fender strung with 6 strings when at the 15.20 mark he switches to slide and plays an extended version of 'Mean Town Blues'. This is the same Fender he played on the storming version of Highway 61 studio version on Second Winter.
The picture and sound quality is so clean you'd think it was recorded last year. The magnetism and energy a Johnny Winter performance was, is all here. It's now a truly remarkeable piece of history.

A series of Johnny Winter Remembrance Shows have been scheduled over the coming months in the States.

    Sep 06 – Granville, OH – Hot Licks Blues Fest with guests Sonny Landreth, and Lance Lopez
    Sep 10 – Mystic, CT – Olde Mystik Village Theater with Debbie Davies, and James Montgomery; plus a screening of the documentary
    Sep 14 – Middletown, NY – Brian’s Backyard BBQ with Gary Hoey, and Montgomery; plus screening of the documentary
    Sep 18 – Norfolk, CT – Infinity Hall with Davies, and Hoey
    Oct 10 – New York City, NY – BB Kings with Davies, Lopez, Joe Louis Walker, and Montgomery; plus screening of the documentary
    Nov 21 – Fall River, MA – Narrow Center For The Arts