©  In 2008, Rolling Stone ranked Winwood No. “A lot of my old stuff got stolen. Mason played lead on “Heaven Is In Your Mind” and penned “House For Everyone” and “Hole In My Shoe,” which featured his sitar playing, as did “Paper Sun.” The remaining tracks, like “Coloured Rain,” “Smiling Phases,” “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” and “No Face, No Name, No Number,” were group collaborations by the other three or Winwood-Capaldi.  The album opened at No. Winwood's primary residence is a 300-year-old manor house in the Cotswolds, England, where he also has a recording studio. Pre-Spencer Davis shots of Winwood show him playing, among other makes and models, a blond Höfner Club 40 like the one in early pictures of John Lennon. I’d been in bands for 10 years, and I had missed out on my youth because I was just working [in bands] from when I was about 15.  This allowed them to escape the city and develop their music. During the Muscle Shoals period, Winwood had a bout with peritonitis that almost cost him his life, at 25 years old. The band released its debut in January ’68, by which time Mason had exited the group. Winwood modelled his singing after Ray Charles. “In England, we had a lot of rather dodgy German makes of guitars, like Framuses and Höfners, and Italian guitars. Every time I try to play anything, he just picks it up and does it a hundred times better. Made in Sao Paulo is digitally available from iTunes and the CD with cover art is available from CD Baby.  While still in Traffic, Winwood was brought in by Jimi Hendrix to play organ for "Voodoo Chile" on the Electric Ladyland album. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. It’s nine fairly unrelated songs. When he cut it, Steve says, “I think I was about 17.”. Winwood went all reggae in 1976. when he appeared on the Toots & The Maytalls album Reggae Got Soul.  She is the opening act and sings backup on multiple songs during Steve Winwood's 2018 Greatest Hits Live tour. There were just a handful of guitarists in the ’50s before rock and roll came – and even the early days of rock. , In 1995, Winwood released "Reach for the Light" for the animated film Balto. Chris Woods [sax/flute] had a few substance abuse problems in the end. I’m singing more of my own roots, I suppose. In 2014, Winwood toured North America with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Clapton and Winwood released a CD and DVD of their Madison Square Garden shows and then toured together in the summer of 2009. We didn’t know what to ask to go out on the road with someone like that; we hardly knew who Traffic was. They have four children. There’s some talk about doing it again, but I don’t know where that will be or when.”, Asked what guitarists have been the most stimulating to play with in his illustrious career, Winwood immediately cites Clapton. Though primarily a vocalist and keyboard player, Winwood also plays a wide variety of other instruments; on several of his solo albums he has played all instrumentation, including drums, mandolin, guitars, bass and saxophone. “Early influences, going through jazz styles, there was Ray Brown and, of course, Motown and James Jamerson. People don’t really know. His father, Lawrence, a foundryman by trade, was a semi-professional musician, playing mainly the saxophone and clarinet. Recorded in March 2015, this is a comeback to the Sao Paulo music scene. This partnership was the source of most of Traffic's material, including popular songs such as "Paper Sun" and "The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys", and outlived the band, producing several songs for Winwood and Capaldi's solo albums.  Under pressure from Island Records, he resurfaced with his self-titled first solo album in 1977. King, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Eddie Boyd, Otis Spann, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley on their United Kingdom tours, the custom at that time being for US singers to travel solo and be backed by pick-up bands. Café da Silva = percussion. But at the end of the day everyone wants to reach more people. On Nine Lives I actually took the music from some things that the band had been jamming; it was inspired by what the musicians themselves play anyway. Interview from Guitar.Com …  Winwood's daughter Lilly Winwood is a singer; she was featured with him performing a duet of his song "Higher Love" in a Hershey commercial. This record includes songs from the Sao Paulo days, like the popular song Jogral written by Jose Neto and Filo Machado. By They’re good guitars.”, Probably the best example of Winwood’s guitar playing from his Spencer Davis years is “Stevie’s Blues” – almost inexplicably authentic and mature, with a gutsy, distorted guitar tone that’s amazing even by today’s standards. Previously, the only recording Winwood and Clapton had done together was as part of Eric Clapton & The Powerhouse, an ad hoc group thrown together to cut three tracks for the Elektra compilation What’s Shakin’ in 1967, while Clapton was still with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Winwood was still with Spencer Davis. I could never figure it out by listening – how the hell they could do that. “A song for us was a vehicle to jam.”, The trio enabled more of the folk/ethnic side to come through. “I think it was a Höfner,” he says of his first electric. Strings are Dean Markley Custom Lights – .009, .011, .016, .026, .036, .046 – and picks are Fender Medium. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited. I thought, ‘This is ridiculous.’ I remember throwing it down and saying to my mum, ‘I’m not going to play; it’s a waste of time. It’s probably because you’re wearing different hats to do it, and then when you change hats, the part of you wearing another hat can kind of surprise you. So I said great, let’s do a couple of songs each and then we can come on together. I worked with a fellow called Peter Godwin, who’s a great lyricist.” Winwood’s guitarist, Jose Neto, also co-wrote several songs. Jim and I wrote a lot of the songs. “It’s interesting, because when I write the music for a song, I will be thinking of what the drums do, what the bass is doing, what the guitar does, the keyboards. Winwood, who turns 60 in May, sat down to talk shop – touching on every chapter of his 45-year career – one week after his triumphant, sold-out, three-night Madison Square Garden stint with Clapton. (Vintage-guitar authority Steve Soest identified the aforementioned Japanese oddball as a Guyatone. 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