Johnny Winter - Highway 61 Revisited
May 5th not only marks the birthday of Adele (1988), but on the same day 90 years earlier in 1898 one of the greatest blues musicians of the 20th century Blind Willie McTell was born in Thomson, GA. So we had to make a choice and decided to go for Willie. Like other musicians at the time, he recorded on different labels under various nicknames to skirt contractual agreements. Thus he was Blind Willie for Vocalion, Georgia Bill for OKeh, Red Hot Willie Glaze for Bluebird, Blind Sammie for Columbia, Barrel House Sammy for Atlantic, and Pig 'n' Whistle Red for Regal Records. Expecting Rain’s Who’s Who notes: Georgia Sam was a recording pseudonym that Blind Willie McTell used. Dylan has subtly referred to Blind Willie McTell in the song Highway 61 Revisited: "Georgia Sam, he had a bloody nose".
So let’s not go for the obvious song choice this time but listen to Johnny Winter with the Derek Trucks Band at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Bridgeview, Ill, on July 28, 2007 doing Highway 61.
And read more about Blind Willie McTell here
- Video of the day on: 2017-05-05
- Language: English