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Johnny WinterJohnny Winter
Album: I'm A Bluesman
Label: Talking Elephant
Tracks: 13
Website: http://www.johnnywinter.net

In the autumn of an illustrious career, and after a spell of ill-health, Johnny Winter went back into studio and recorded his first album of new material for eight years.

The spark in his vocals may have not been there but there's no denying his guitar-playing was still red hot in this reissued 2004 album.

For the most part this is a collection of mid-tempo songs. I particularly enjoyed Lone Wolf, with its trademark 12-bar shuffle rhythm.

There is a mixture of straight electric and slide guitar and a single solo acoustic outing on That Wouldn't Satisfy - the world-weary laconic style of vocals matching the slide guitar perfectly.

Other stand out tracks include Sugar Coated Love, the dirty final track Let's Start Out All Over Again, and Shake Down.

Can a white man play the blues? When it's Johnny Winter they can!

John Knighton