The heart and soul of almost every contemporary genre of Western music arguably comes from the blues. And if you know anything about rock and the blues, you’d be familiar with the legendary Johnny Winter. There’s been countless amounts of spilled ink on Winter but what I’ll say this: Winter’s work with the even more legendary Muddy Waters on King Bee and others is amazing for its rowdy, raucous and boozy feel. 

The posthumously released, Step Back is sadly Johnny Winter’s last album and the album includes collaborations with Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Dr. John, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and others; however, the album landed at number 1 on Billboard’s Independent Album chart, number 1 on the Blues chart, and number 17 on the Billboard Top 200 – all of which were career highs. But perhaps in death, it will mean some folks will be re-introduced and introduced to one of the great blues guitarists …

“Talk to Me,” one of the latest singles off Winter’s posthumously released album is a collaboration with Ben Harper, and the song is a loose, boozy and very bluesy romp. Although Winter was in his 70s, his guitar playing and vocals are as vital and as rowdy as ever, and no one can deny that Ben Harper may have been equally inspired by being in the same room with the guitar legend.