Meet one of Nashvilles true guitar stars as Johnny Hiland takes you through some key aspects of country playing. As well as chicken pickin, he covers double-stops, pedal steel licks, pick-and-finger hybrid picking, banjo rolls and lots more. Hes also joined by Roth, Bill Holloman, and Shannon Ford for some truly memorable band segments.
Meet one of Nashville's true guitar stars as Johnny Hiland takes you through some key aspects of country playing. As well as chicken pickin', he covers double-stops, pedal steel licks, pick-and-finger hybrid picking, banjo rolls and lots more. He's also joined by Arlen Roth, Bill Holloman, and Shannon Ford for some truly memorable band segments.
Johnny Winter returns to major-label distribution for the first time in eight years with The Winter of '88, released by Voyager Records via MCA. This is a project produced and engineered by Terry Manning, who also contributed some keyboards, and Manning's intent seems to have been to move Winter in a more commercial direction, specifically toward the synth-enhanced boogie of ZZ Top. That effect is particularly notable on the lead-off track, "Close to Me," and on "Show Me"; otherwise, Manning is more subtle. Still, after three straight blues albums for the independent Alligator Records label, Winter had established a pure blues pedigree, and a move back toward the mainstream may not sit well with his more purist fans. It isn't really that overt, for the most part, but this is clearly a more highly produced, more commercially intended record than any Winter has made since he left the CBS Records subsidiary Blue Sky after Raisin' Cain in 1980.
On the classic 1972 live album Roadwork, Edgar Winter immortalized the words, when introducing brother Johnny: "Everybody asks me…where's your brother?" It's a question that fans have besieged both Winters with for over two decades, and now Johnny gets a chance to return the tribute with his latest. Edgar does in fact guest on the sessions, blowing sax and tinkling keys on a few tracks, and dueting with big bro on a superb, seasonal rendition of "Please Come Home for Christmas".