Preview: EDGAR WINTER BAND
*MICHAEL HUND’S WIDOW MAKER
Mark Valentino (Hit ‘n’ Run)
WILLOW CREEK WINERY (www.willowcreekwines.net)
Silver Creek NY
Saturday July 18th –Gates open at 4pm
New York’s best kept secret is about to be unveiled this Saturday
Night at WILLOW CREEK WINERY. The sprawling
natural backdrop offers a Live Music Experience like no other in
The Back II
Back Entertainment Group
is proud to present one of Music’s most
talented & versatile performers
as the Rockin’ Blues icon will christen the
brand new State of the Art National Concert Stage.
Like a fine wine EDGAR
WINTER has only gotten better
with age as he performs his vintage hits of the vinyl era along
with tracks from his latest inspired release “Rebel
pairing are the perfect
complement to an unforgettable evening of Rock ‘n’ Roll
is located just seven miles past Sunset Bay straight out on US 20
West. The splendorous venue offers Free Reserved Camping & Free
Parking for all its shows. The Evenings festivities will
culminate with a Fire Works Display immediately following the
CREEK is also pleased to announce
that Buffalo Radio Legend “The
Slick One” TOM TIBERI
will surface from his lair to be the Master
of Ceremonies for this monumental event.
music starts at 5 pm with the pride of Pennsylvania The
Charlie Wheeler Band. Followed by Widow Maker
featuring Buffalo Music Hall of Fame guitarist MICHAEL HUND
as he welcomes a very special guest, multi-award winning vocalist
MARK VALENTINO of Hit ‘n’ Run fame; who by
the way will be deservedly inducted into the 2009 class of the
Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.
event will also feature another multiple award winner the
Legendary LAFAYETTE TAP
Mobile Menu, come on and get “Get
Your BBQ On”
as Marc & Dickie take the show on the road.
had the pleasure of catching
up with EDGAR WINTER
to talk about his fascinating career & his visit to
WILLOW CREEK WINERY
as he baptizes the National
EDGAR it’s truly an honor to
speak with you again. Willow
Back II Back Entertainment
Group are absolutely elated
to have you christening the stage at
The last time you where in this neck of the woods was at
the Fallsview Casino getting set for the RINGO STARR
All-Star tour. The
covered that concert and thought you stole
the show, talk about being part of RINGO’S touring band?
--Well Thank You, that’s
very kind. Doing those shows with RINGO and the All-Stars
is one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I would wake
up every morning thinking WOW I’m going to be performing with one
of the BEATLES.
The BEATLES and their music where in a class of their own,
they changed the mindset of an entire generation, they brought
about a revolution without firing a single shot.
Beyond the music that’s the thing I respect the most about
RINGO he’s such a heartfelt advocate & spokesperson for
PEACE & LOVE. I’m just an old hippie from Woodstock so those
feelings really resonate with me, playing with RINGO brings
all that back.
One of the great new
tracks on your most recent release “Rebel
Road” is called “Peace
it has a very Beatlesque flavor to it, tell us about that song?
song is our way of paying homage to the BEATLES, it’s
dedicated to RINGO, the memory of GEORGE HARRISON
and the brilliance of JOHN LENNON & PAUL McCARTNEY whose
music will live on forever in our hearts.
From a musical
stand point I think there where two golden eras of music, the Big
Band Jazz & Swing of the Forties &Fifties and the Rock Revolution
of the Sixties & Seventies which was pioneered by the BEATLES.
The inspirational freedom that those periods brought to music was
the foundation of so many wonderful songs; I can sense resurgence
or reawakening if you will of some really great music from this
Speaking of the next generation
you’re still out there mixing it up with artists like SLASH,
and CLINT BLACK who by the way wields a mean harmonica on a
couple of cool tracks including “The Power of Positive Drinking” on
your latest record “Rebel
Tell us about making that record?
was trying to make a Rock ‘n’ Roll album, sadly there just doesn’t
seem to be much of that around these days. I do appreciate the
other genres of music out there but it seems that Country Artists
have stepped in and filled the void that exists.
considered myself somewhat of a Rebel musically; I never seem to
fit into the categories that the business tried to squeeze me
into. For me it’s never really been about being famous it’s about
following my heart and making music that I truly believed in.
Being that so called Rebel has also afforded me a bond with
the Biker community, I’m extremely proud that the song “Free Ride”
has become an anthem of sorts to many out there who value their
I’ve always looked at the open Road as a symbol of Freedom so
the album title “Rebel
just saying I’m not going to be told what I’m supposed to believe
or how I’m supposed to live. So for Better or Worse I’m still
barreling down that “Rebel
took a little Rock ‘n’ Roll
road trip this past March to see your band perform at the Berkeley
Heritage House in Toronto and where blown away watching the master
musician & his band at work.
Tell us about the young guns in your current line-up?
Thank You I concur, I just love these guys. Playing guitar is
DOUG RAPPOPORT, KOKO POWELL is on Bass and JASON CARPENTER
It really feels like a band in a true sense we have a great
chemistry and synergy. In my time I’ve played with a lot of
amazing musicians, most notable some great guitarists like my
brother JOHNNY, RICK DERRINGER & RONNIE MONTROSE to name
just a few.
As for DOUG, he’s been with me almost six years
and has developed into an electrifying talent & band mate. KOKO
used to play with SPENCER DAVIS, that boy just lays down a
great groove, that’s a must in my band. JASON is one of
those rare drummers that is the total package; he has a Gospel
background and brings a vibe like no ones business.
While I’m primarily considered a Rocker I’m influenced by
Jazz & Classical and the one common thread throughout all my music
Growing up in TEXAS my Brother JOHNNY & I
started out playing together and I really felt that Blues & Jazz
were the great American contributions to music. To me they’re
related, most folks think that Blues is something in the past
tense, to me it continues to exert a profound influence on all the
contemporary music of today. As for Jazz that evolved out of the
Blues through Ragtime & Dixieland.
Ultimately that is what my music has always been about,
exposing all the elements that the art of music has to offer
instead of being branded or classified.
You’ve sustained a very successful career with your unique style
of music; do you feel not having a particular style has hindered
all honesty there’s no question about it things might have turned
out differently had I gone along with the program at certain
junctures of my career.
For the suits
in the music business it’s never been about freedom of artistic
expression it’s always about selling albums or CD’s. Record
companies need their artists to be one certain style of music so
they can target a specific audience demographic.
I’ve always avoided falling into that trap throughout my
career, that train of thought hasn’t always made me the most
popular guy with Record labels and Radio stations. But it has
allowed me the freedom to explore new horizons and blaze new
frontiers musically, that’s what it’s all about for me. I
consider myself very fortunate to do what it is I Love to do.
I’m a musician and playing music is what I was born to do,
whether it’s at Madison Square Garden or the club around the
Seeing you perform live this past
year for the first time I was floored at the stunning talents you
bring to the stage as a musician on the keyboards and saxophone,
which do you prefer in creating new music?
enough I don’t like to use any of the instruments I play when
composing music. In terms of writing music I do most of mine in an
alpha state just drifting off to sleep or when I first wake up. A
lot of my songs come from a dream state or letting my imagination
take me away somewhere.
I’d have to
say I work from the lyrics; I keep a pad handy and jot down lists
of ideas or titles as they come to me.
My favorite instrument to play is the saxophone because your
life breath supports the tone, you can bend notes with your lips
it’s a true extension of your being.
As for the keyboards it’s very mechanical the rods, hammers
and keys limit your expression but to understand music theory the
piano is the perfect instrument.
- Lets take a trip down ‘Rebel
the amazing collection of relevant rock tunes that came out
Right out of the gate on the title track SLASH comes
out guns ablazing, how did he get involved in the project?
--I was originally going
to call the album Rockin’ the Blues, which is a song on the album
that my brother JOHNNY plays on. As the album started to come
together I thought we needed another biker song as each year we
take “Free Ride” out to Sturgis, the JAY LENO Love
Ride and the Easy Rider Tour; in my mind it was time to tap into
that sense of freedom again, that’s how “Rebel
When I perform live or make a new record I love to
surround myself with people who mean a lot to me & that I respect,
so when it came time to lay down the music for the album SLASH
came to mind immediately. I picked up the phone and gave him a
call and he said “Let’s do it”.
I first met him at a millennium party at the White House
during the Clinton administration, just imagine SLASH walking
around the White House in his top hat, we had a riot. Needless to
say we were the life of the party and had a blast, as they say the
rest is history.
- Speaking of history you
and your fabled brother JOHNNY have an incredible history
together, talk about the emotions you feel when sharing a song
after all these years?
just vintage JOHNNY, he came right over to the studio
directly from a performance, he had never heard the song before
and just played through it the first time.
I just closed
my eyes and thought WOW this takes me back to when we started out
playing as kids. I had written the song with him in mind, I new
it would be the perfect vehicle for what he does. The words are
very meaningful as they tell a story about some of the things that
we went through together.
- The WINTER
Brothers story in itself is an inspirational tale, from sharing
the stage at Woodstock to performing together again four decades
It really is, we hadn’t done anything together for far too
long. Over the past few years we’ve done a dozen or so shows
together each year, they’re really emotionally charged and are my
favorite shows to play.
is my all time
musical hero being able to grow up with him and learn was and is
truly a blessing.
What other artists influenced you as a young musician?
second greatest influence would have to be
RAY CHARLES, his
versatile playing style was amazing.
Gospel music has been overlooked throughout history; to me
it’s the flipside of the Blues. Some of the most awe-inspiring
voices are derived from gospel SAM COOKE, LITTLE RICHARD,
JACKIE WILSON and ARETHA FRANKLIN.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t touch on
the groundbreaking record “They Only Come out at Night”;
it’s such a revered body of work what was the studio like back
in the day with all that talent in one room including yourself,
RONNIE MONTROSE & RICK DERRINGER in the infancy of your
an album was a very different process back in those days. Groups
would enter the studio with maybe three or four songs ready to go
while creating the rest in the studio that was part of the magic
of the music from that era.
When I was
putting the band together DAN HARTMAN already had the idea
for “Free Ride”, as soon as I heard it I was blown away, I
felt that song had a destiny.
“Free Ride” was released as the first single and
didn’t do anything on the charts. It wasn’t until
“Frankenstein” became a hit that we re-released “Free Ride”
and it became the hit that I had envisioned.
At that time in the studio we where just trying to define
ourselves as a group. That particular line-up was meant to be the
quintessential All American Rock Band. I wanted not just great
players but artists that could contribute on every level in the
I think we accomplished that as JOHNNY, RICK & RONNIE
all went on to enjoy great success of their own. Writing with
DAN HARTMAN was a joyous experience for me as I carry many of
those moments with me to this day.
It was a magical time and it’s wonderful to hear those songs
standing strong today to take me back there every so often.
You’ve not only enjoyed a fruitful career thus far; a
congratulations is also due on the success of your marriage to
your lovely wife Monique.
It’s obvious she’s been an inspiration to your life and your
music; fans definitely owe her a debt of gratitude for keeping the
flame burning in your Rock n Roll soul. Tell us how you managed
to preserve such a solid relationship in the Rock ‘n’ Roll
I’m probably more proud of our marriage and our relationship than
of my music. We’ve been married thirty years “NOT BAD FOR A
ROCK ‘n’ ROLLER,
hell that’s not bad for any marriage these days. She’s just a
beautiful warm caring giving person who has managed to keep me
sane and grounded all these years.
I’m fortunate to have gone through the craziness of my youth
in this business and all that comes with it and survived; largely
in part to her Love and Support. There’s a song on “Rebel
that I dedicated to Monique “The
Further I Go, The Closer I Get to You”.
As a matter of fact every album I’ve ever done has a Love song
dedicated to Monique.
I’d like to Thank You for your time, we look forward to having you
as part of this historic event at
WILLOW CREEK WINERY
on July 18th.
ARE READY TO ROCK
brother, hope to see
you all out there.
would also like to Thank Jake
Hooker & Dave Lopez for hooking us up with
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