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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Steve Winwood, with One Hell of a Back-Up Band

After contributing as a frontman with Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith and Traffic, Steve Winwood  launched a solo career in 'circa 1977 and, by doing so, he became a household name of fame in the world of rock 'n roll. 

More recently, he re-united with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker to play a few sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden - one of which I took-in with my buddies Jim and Craig. It was fantastic.

This morning, a (youthful, wonderful, as opposed to old) Trinity high school friend, Kit, passed along a post via facebook of Steve Winwood playing lead guitar while being backed-up by my two all-time favorite guitarists, Eric Clapton and Derek Trucks.  The clip is featured on The Blog (at) today.

Derek is very much on my mind, as I saw him perform with the Allman Bros. Band last week, and I'm looking forward to seeing the ABB play yet another legendary night at The Beacon this Wednesday.  Last week, I witnessed an epic night with a "One Way Out to Blue Sky" segue that ramped up the show in only its third and fourth songs of the night.  Later on, I chuckled as Trucks and bass Othiel Burbridge smiled brightly as Gregg Allman brought it home during Desdemona. It was a classic and a wonderful moment to share with DT as he was only six rows away.

Later on that night, The ABB brought along the era of "The Band" with Gregg Allman's eerily wonderful vocals on "Tears of Rage." It was a religious experience and certainly was along the three highlights of the night, the third being a brass-section-led version of one of my all-time favorite Van Morrison tunes, "Into the Mystic."

The headliner for that tune, aside from living guitar legend Warren Haynes' lyrical performance, was "The Dude," a musician that I just met in February of this year at a Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools show in NYC.  Neal "The Dude" Pawley plays Trombone in the Southside Jukes Horns but he plays just about everything when he's jammin.'

Check out "The Dude" with the Poor Fools

And, now, Steve Winwood, E.C. and Derek Trucks...


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