Midwest BEAT Steps Back and Remembers the Late Johnny Winter with Paul Nelson
This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired live from the studios of Lakeshore Public Radio on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.
On this program we took a “Step Back” to remember late, great bluesman JOHNNY WINTER who died on July 16th by playing songs from his last album “STEP BACK” while having a candid and open conversation with Johnny’s rhythm guitarist, producer/manager and close friend, PAUL NELSON.
On this show, listeners hear some of the last recordings ever made by Johnny and firsthand accounts from Nelson about the making of “Step Back” and Johnny’s long struggle to return to good health and peak form. Listeners also hear of when Lounges’ path crossed with Johnny during the early 1980s.
The songs on “Step Back” teamed up Johnny with many gifted and famous friends, including Eric Clapton, Leslie West, Joe Perry, Joe Bonanassa, Ben Harper, and Dr. John. Johnny took great pride in “Step Back” and wanted people to hear its songs. We are happy to do our part in helping to bring some of these final recording to the ears of “Midwest BEAT” listeners.
RIP Johnny Winter…and thank you for the 50-plus years of great music you have left for us to remember you by in your absence.