From the finally getting around to posting recent videos file:
Johnny Winter, one of blues-rock music’s ultimate survivors, is back on the beam again, and he showed it in a fiery headlining set at July 14th’s Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival, at Elmwood Park. Yep, the elderly bluesman had to sit down throughout his set, but he still delivered the goods on six strings, and his singing was not totally shot.
Backed by a great band that included his manager/producer/guitarist Paul Nelson, Winter performed lots of classic rock and blues numbers, including this deep cut, Ray Charles’ “Black Jack.”
It was a real shame that this event coincided with the Sedalia Blues Festival, in Bedford County, and a natural drag that it rained like mad before Winter’s set. But there was still a pretty good crowd at Elmwood Park for Mikey Junior and Stone Cold Blues. And old-school blues-rock fans got a huge dose of Winter and his band. I personally would like to have seen both the Sedalia and Blue Ridge shows, but with Blue Ridge Blues Society moving its contest to the same day as the traditional Sedalia date, that was blown.