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Johnny and Edgar Winter: “Highway 61 Revisited”

The Daily Music Break periodically re-posts older material. The music gets better over time. This post originally appeared on March 23, 2012. Since we posted this, sadly, Johnny Winter passed away. 

This is all terrific, but the way they end the song really shows what a great band this is. The other guitarist is Rick Derringer.

Obviously, Johnny has some health problems. At the other end of the spectrum is Fast Life Rider, recorded in a strange club setting when the brothers were kids. Both songs were on Second Winter, a double album with one blank side. Here is Johnny’s site, Edgar’s and Derringer’s.

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