Edgar Winter “Brother Johnny” – An All-Star Tribute to Johnny Winter By His Brother – Out Today!




Today Edgar Winter and Quarto Valley Records released the much-anticipated tribute album to the beloved guitar player Johnny WinterBrother Johnny.  

Brother Johnny is a powerful sonic journey, travelling the course of Johnny’s musical life, impeccably directed, as only his brother Edgar could.  As American Songwriter describes, “The generous hour and a quarter collection is packed with rugged, mostly rocking, and energized performances, clearly emotionally motivated, displaying the contributors’ love of the songs, vocals, and playing that made Winter’s blues-based attack so iconic.”

The guitar-driven album celebrates the expansive styles Johnny was known for – the 17 tracks were carefully curated by Edgar and producer Ross Hogarth to represent Johnny’s evolution as an artist, honouring his great legacy while also incorporating a personal tribute from brother to brother, and for which Edgar penned two new songs.

Joining Edgar on the inclusive project is an impressive array of renowned musicians who knew, or were inspired by Johnny, including Joe Bonamassa, Doyle Bramhall II, Robben Ford, Billy Gibbons, David Grissom, Taylor Hawkins, Warren Haynes, Steve Lukather, Michael McDonald, John McFee, Keb’ Mo’, Doug Rappoport, Bobby Rush, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Ringo Starr, Derek Trucks, Waddy Wachtel, Joe Walsh, Phil X, Bob Glaub and Sean Hurley on Bass, and Gregg Bissonette on Drums. There were also invaluable musical contributions from Kenny Aronoff, Tim Pierce, Billy Payne, Doc Kupka, and David Campbell. (Please see the full tracklisting below).

Three singles were released in advance of today’s album release. The fourth focus track is Johnny’s tender and revealing “Stranger,” whose emotional resonance is further enhanced by the touchingly beautiful voice of Michael McDonald (vocals), Joe Walsh (lead guitar), and Ringo Starr (drums) who join Edgar (on piano, mellotron, and synth), Tim Pierce (electric and acoustic guitar), Bob Glaub (bass) and Kenny Aronoff (on percussion). 
“I absolutely love this ballad, partly because it is so uncharacteristic of Johnny’s style and image. It is on the soft side, very melodic, and sensitive, displaying a vulnerability Johnny does not often reveal,” explains Edgar.

Brother Johnny is available on CD and digitally across all platforms today, April 15, 2022Double 180-gram vinyl will be available in mid-June 2022.

PREVIOUS SINGLES: The album’s first single, “Johnny B. Goode,” was released on January 7, 2022 and features Edgar, Joe Walsh, David Grissom, Bob Glaub, Gregg Bissonette and Phil X. Listen to it here.

The second single, “Mean Town Blues,” was released on February 18, 2022, just before February 23, what would have been Johnny’s 78th birthday and features Edgar Winter singing, Joe Bonamassa on slide guitar, Sean Hurley on bass, and Gregg Bissonette on drums. Listen to it here.

The third single was “Lone Star Blues,” which was released on March 18 and features Edgar Winter and Keb’ Mo’, a perfect pairing for this personal and biographical song Edgar penned especially for this tribute. See the visualizer here and listen here.

STRANGER, from Edgar Winter’s liner notes for Brother Johnny:

This is a ballad called “Stranger” that I absolutely love, partly because it is so uncharacteristic of Johnny’s style and image. It is on the soft side, very melodic, and sensitive, displaying a vulnerability Johnny does not often reveal. This is the track Joe Walsh really wanted to play the guitar on, which he did so beautifully (in addition to joining in with his great vocal on “Johnny B. Goode”). It reminded me so much of when I used to sing that song with Johnny. The guitar on the ballad is so perfect for the song. It’s classic Joe –  all heart, so sensitive, and really full of emotion. Thank you, Joe, for your Rockin’ vocal on “Johnny B. Goode” and your great guitar vision on “Stranger”. 

The vocal on this one is sung by one of my absolute favourite singers on the planet. This was my wife Monique’s suggestion, I’m talking about the incomparable Michael McDonald. Our friendship goes back to the early 80s when Michael (much to my surprise) invited me to play in his first solo band after the Doobies, and also on his debut solo album “If That’s What It Takes”.  We also did a Japanese tour with that band. It was a three-act show—Michael McDonald, Joe Walsh, and Boz Scaggs. What a line-up! 
This was one of the most exciting, and inspiring periods of my life, and one I’ll never forget. Now I have the joy and feeling of things that have come full circle, with us both having played or sung on each other’s albums. Michael’s vocal is pure magic, hauntingly beautiful, intimately personal, and so real as only his voice can make it. Michael, thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU! You’re not only a Doobie brother, but a Blues brother, and a Soul brother.

But wait, that’s not all. As a very special guest on the drums, we have The Greatest! (Who else, of course, it’s Ringo Starr)! I met Ringo back in 2006 and had the great honour of playing in his All Starr band for the first time that year. I was invited again in 2008, 2010, and 2011. It was literally the thrill of a lifetime being on stage with the incredible Ringo Starr and so many other great musicians in his All Starr Band.

I Love Ringo! Who doesn’t? Both as a musician, and as a human being. You can go anywhere in the world, mention the name Ringo, and you’re sure to get a smile. Along with his great music, his advocacy and outreach to bring Peace and Love into our hearts is truly a gift to the world. As a matter of fact, in the heart of Beverly Hills, there is a Peace and Love Sculpture of Ringo’s hand giving the peace sign. It stands in Beverly Gardens Park just opposite City Hall as a reminder of Peace and Love.

Another Love connection—Ringo’s wife, Barbara’s sister (Marjorie) is Married to Joe. That makes them brothers in law, and obviously very close. Monique and I, knowing this, and our all being friends—thought it would be especially cool to have them both on the same track together. So I asked Ringo and he said yes, I’ll do it for you. I felt so honoured. He did it in his home studio (where he has all his drums set up) and we want to thank Bruce Sugar here for his engineering, overseeing the session, and making it happen. It was another full circle since I have played on several of Ringo’s albums. Thank you, Ringo. You are The Greatest! Peace and Love.

We also want to thank Tim Pierce for his beautiful acoustic guitars doing the rhythm. Yeah, Tim! I Love that lush wall you created.

The final touch was light percussion—once again done by the rhythm master, our friend Kenny Aronoff. Thanks again, Kenny. It’s especially cool to have you on this one, in the midst of such amazing company.
So, did Michael McDonald, Joe Walsh, and Ringo Starr. What an interesting, diverse, and unique combination. And if you think it looks good on paper, just wait till you hear it.


Brother Johnny
Musician Credits

Gregg Bissonette: All Drums
Except Ringo Starr on “Stranger”                                                                               

1. Mean Town Blues
Edgar Winter: Lead Vocal
Joe Bonamassa: Slide Guitar
Sean Hurley: Bass

2. Still Alive And Well
Edgar Winter: Lead Vocal
Group Vocals, and Organ
Kenny Wayne Shepherd: Lead Guitar
Phil X: Rhythm Guitars and Supporting Vocals
Sean Hurley: Bass

3. Lone Star Blues
Keb Mo: All Guitars, Bass, and Lead Vocal
Edgar Winter: Lead Vocal

4. I’m Yours And I’m Hers
Billy Gibbons: Lead Vocal and first Guitar Solo
Derek Trucks: Slide Guitar and second Solo
David Grissom: Guitar
Edgar Winter: Keys
Sean Hurley: Bass

5. Johnny B. Goode
Edgar Winter: Lead Vocal, Piano, and Alto Sax
Joe Walsh: Lead Vocal
David Grissom: Guitar
Phil X: Supporting Vocals
Bob Glaub: Bass

6. Stranger
Michael McDonald: Lead Vocal
Joe Walsh: Lead Guitar
Ringo Starr: Drums
Edgar Winter: Piano, Mellotron, and Synth
Tim Pierce: Electric and Acoustic Guitar
Bob Glaub: Bass
Kenny Aronoff: Percussion

7. Highway 61 Revisited
Edgar Winter: Lead Vocal and Piano
Kenny Wayne Shepherd: Guitar
John McFee: Slide Guitar
Billy Payne: Organ
Sean Hurley: Bass

8. Rock ‘n’ Roll Hoochie Koo
Edgar Winter: Lead Vocal, Group Vocals, and Clavinet
Steve Lukather: Guitar Solo
Tim Pierce: Guitar
Phil X: Additional Guitar and Supporting Vocals
Bob Glaub: Bass

9. When You Got A Good Friend
Doyle Bramhall ll: Lead Vocal, and All Guitars

10. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Edgar Winter: Lead Vocal, Group Vocals, and Keys
Phil X: Guitar Solos, Mandoguitar, and Supporting Vocals
Waddy Wachtel: Rhythm Guitar
Bob Glaub: Bass
Kenny Aronoff: Percussion

11. Guess I’ll Go Away
Taylor Hawkins: Lead Vocal, and all Supporting Vocals
Doug Rappoport: Guitar
Edgar Winter: Organ
Sean Hurley: Bass

12. Drown In My Own Tears
Edgar Winter: Lead Vocal, Group Vocals, Piano, and Alto Sax,
Horn Section:
Wayne Bergeron: 1st Trumpet
Harry Kim: 2nd Trumpet
Edgar Winter: Tenor Sax
Doc Kupka: Bari Sax
*plays courtesy of Mac Records
Bob Glaub: Bass

13. Self Destructive Blues
Joe Bonamassa: Lead Vocal and Guitar
Edgar Winter: Piano
Bass: Sean Hurley

14. Memory Pain
Warren Haynes: Lead Vocal and Guitar
Edgar Winter: Organ
Sean Hurley: Bass

15. Stormy Monday Blues
Edgar Winter: Lead Vocal and Piano
Robben Ford: Guitar
Bob Glaub: Bass

16. Got My Mojo Workin’
Bobby Rush: Lead Vocal and Harp
Edgar Winter: Piano
Michael McDonald and John McFee: Group Vocals
David Grissom: Guitar
Bass: Bob Glaub

17. End of The Line
Edgar Winter: Lead Vocal and Piano
String Section:
Charlie Bisharat: 1st Violin
Josefina Vergara: 2nd Violin
Andrew Duckles: Viola
Jacob Braun: Cello
Sean Hurley: Bass

About Quarto Valley Records
Founded by tech entrepreneur Bruce Quarto, the California-based independent label Quarto Valley Records represents Rock, Blues, Jazz and Americana genres with an impressive artist roster featuring legacy musicians Paul Rodgers, Savoy Brown, and Edgar Winter – in addition to the legendary talent that comprises The Immediate Family, GRAMMY® award-winning producer, and percussionist Narada Michael Walden, blues-rock artist Sean Chambers and British blues sensation Bonham-Bullick, Wings member Denny Seiwell, the renowned and soulful Richard T. Bear,  and emerging Americana artist Dominic Quarto. https://quartovalleyrecords.com

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