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It’s no accident that 1977's Nothin’ but the Blues ranks among the best-realized albums in Johnny Winter’s 40-year-plus recording career. After producing Muddy Waters’ GRAMMY®-winning comeback album Hard Again, he was able to enlist Waters and his band to collaborate with him on his own project. The result is a true labor of love that fully realizes Winter’s lifelong love of the blues without commercial concessions. James Cotton's fluent harmonica lines and Pinetop Perkins’ tasty piano work help spur Johnny on to deliver some of his most soulful vocal performances on record. “Everybody’s Blues” and “It Was Rainin’” have a particularly tormented charm, recalling the gutbucket eloquence of Winter’s blues heroes. His guitar playing is even better, wrapping “Sweet Love and Evil Women” in barbed-wire licks and infusing “Bladie Mae” with stinging slide guitar magic. Waters steps into the spotlight to contribute his trademark vocal gravitas to his rollicking tune “Walkin’ Thru the Park.” Nothin’ but the Blues captures a younger musician paying tribute to a revered elder, and it’s a gritty, galvanizing release that does both artists proud.

Customer Reviews

A vicious album

I was convinced to give this a try back in 1991 by a bandmate. I had been immersed in the blues revival of the day and ate a steady diet of Muddy, Howlin', Elmore, Son and the other blues greats. I was not ready for the harshness of Johnny. His voice is like a hot knife in your soul and his slide playing will leave you crying for Mama. In short: YOU NEED THIS.

Nothin' but the Blues

I bought this album (vinyl) when it was new, in the eighties and wore it out, especially the first side. The first four tracks and the last two are the best. If i were to download and purchase this from here those are the tracks I'd go for. But, hey, try them all. TV Mama has some great funny lyrics. Its about his tv going bad, and his girl hollering to get it fixed. At the end he offers to "c'mon over, and I'll show my tube to you."


Born: February 23, 1944 in Beaumont, TX

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

When Johnny Winter emerged on the national scene in 1969, the hope, particularly in the record business, was that he would become a superstar on the scale of Jimi Hendrix, another blues-based rock guitarist and singer who preceded him by a few years. That never quite happened, but Winter did survive the high expectations of his early admirers to become a mature, respected blues musician with a strong sense of tradition. He was born John Dawson Winter III on February 23, 1944, in Beaumont, Texas,...
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