Published Jul 17, 2014Legendary, long-running blues guitarist Johnny Winter has passed away. He was 70, and died in a hotel room in Switzerland early this morning (July 17). The news comes from Jenda Derringer, wife of Rick Derringer, and was confirmed on the guitarist's Facebook.
The post reads, "His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of their loved one and one of the world's finest guitarists. An official statement with more details shall be issued at the appropriate time."
Winter frequently performed with his brother, Edgar Winter. His discography kicked off in 1968 with The Progressive Blues Experiment and continued over the course of 17 albums. He famously performed at Woodstock in 1969.
Winter also produced albums for an array of blues artists, including Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.
His last album, Roots, came out in 2011 and included guest performers like Warren Haynes, Vince Gill, John Popper and Edgar Winter.
A follow-up LP called Step Back was scheduled for a September 2 release date. It is to feature guests like Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Joe Perry, Brian Setzer and more. It will arrive via Megaforce Records.