EDGAR WINTER RELEASES
17-Tracks Featuring all-star guests
available on QUARTO VALLEY RECORDS
From Bruce Quarto on Release Day
I just wanted to be the first to wish everyone a Happy Release Day for the Crowning Jewel and the Masterpiece called Brother Johnny! It’s been a very long road… but we have arrived safely to our destination with no regrets! This album is truly a musical miracle.
I would like to thank and congratulate everyone who worked so hard creating and promoting this new album. I’m truly humbled and eternally grateful for all of your efforts. Edgar, your brother would be so proud of what you have accomplished. Please, just know that deep in your heart.
I could just imagine him saying: “Ya know little brother… ya done good… real good. You’re a chip off the ol’ Johnny Cool Daddy block! I love you Edgar. Thank You so much!”
It goes without saying that it takes a team to win a ballgame and our team was in top form with this one! From the bottom of my heart, I applaud everyone for their “dedication to perfection” in helping Edgar honor and say I Love You to his brother Johnny.
It has been said that anything of Real Value only comes via Great Effort. I’m a firm believer in this notion and always have been. This musical masterpiece should be proof of that if anyone had any doubts.
Once again, thank you all… for making this very special dream come true.
Quarto Valley Records
Dear Bruce, your words touch my heart and bring tears of joy to my eyes. I can’t put it any better than you already have. I feel an ineffable mix of emotions, both pride and humility. Monique and I join you and echo your words in expressing our deepest and most profound thanks to all.
When I find myself at a loss for words I often resort to poetry, so here’s my poem for today.
Peace, Love, and Gratitude to All,
Edgar & Monique
The Other Side
Life is a river that flows on and on
With banks to hold it inside
Its passing scenery here and gone
As over the surface we glide
Whichever bank you’re nearest to
Is how you interpret the ride
Always a sense of something new
That waits on the other side
I saw my brother chase his dreams
Through all the years he tried
But life is seldom what it seems
Can it ever be satisfied
For whatever tale a man may tell
Or secrets he may confide
Though he believes the story and tells it well
There’s always the other side
The record spins the songs play on
With all the Love we feel inside
Then it ends and when it’s gone
We put on the other side
Courage is won overcoming fear
And humility learned from pride
Emotions seldom disappear
They just flip to the other side
Pleasure ends in the hardest pain
When some one you love has died
Loss the perspective that you gain
Through all the tears you’ve cried
Suffering is the saddest joy
Neither can be denied
Life and death can’t create or destroy
What lies on the other side
On March 25th, 2022 we lost yet another great musician: the amazing drummer, singer, and songwriter from one of my favorite groups—the fabulous Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins.
I had the honor and privilege of working with him as one of the guest artists on my forthcoming but yet to be released tribute album “Brother Johnny”. He did an incredible lead vocal on a song written by Johnny and featuring the phenomenal guitarist in my own band, Doug Rappoport.
It stands out in my mind as the highest energy and hardest rocking song on the entire album. I have always considered it stylistically the most uncharacteristically advanced song Johnny ever wrote, almost a precursor of heavy metal.
Because of this unusual quality we wanted a younger, more energetic, modern approach to the vocal. Our engineer, mixer, and producer (Ross Hogarth) had worked extensively with Taylor and they were very close friends. When Ross suggested Taylor (being such a huge Foo Fighters fan) I said WOW—how perfect. and I know Doug will be absolutely thrilled.
I had only just met Taylor, and barely got to know him, but I was so impressed by his sincerity, positive energy, and pure enthusiasm. He had a unique spontaneous style different from anyone I’ve ever worked with before. I can be very opinionated—but as soon as heard what he was doing, I knew it was best to step back, stay out of the way, and let him do his thing. That session was an experience I will never forget.
When I tried to open a business discussion, he simply would not hear of it. He said—I don’t want ANYTHING for doing this, I just want’a get out there and Rock. And Rock HE DID! I don’t know if it was out of respect for Johnny, a desire to help me in what I was doing, compassion for the nature of the project, or his friendship with Ross. Most probably all these things—but whatever it was, he gave it His ALL!
I listened to it last night, and couldn’t help but cry. It’s a song about the lure of sex, the danger of drugs, and the Love of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Johnny wrote it around the time of his first rehab, and it expresses feelings almost everyone I know has been through in one way or another. I would guess (like most all musicians) Taylor couldn’t help but identify with it. All I know is he put his whole heart and soul into it, and I am so sad that I never found a way to thank him properly as he so deeply and profoundly deserved.
The name of the song is “Guess I’ll Go Away”. Now, both Johnny and Taylor have gone a way no one can know, but which we all one day must travel. Although I know Johnny has departed this world, I still think of and speak to him every day, and will now see Taylor’s face along side his. Wherever that way may lead, I wish them Peace and Love on the journey, knowing I will join them soon—as we all will someday. Taylor, Monique and I both thank you with all our hearts.
Peace and Love,
Edgar & Monique
Welcome to our new site, the web world of Winterland! The first thing I want to say is that this is going to be an actual experience in which my wife Monique (and I myself) will be actively and personally involved. The main reason for renovating and reopening this site is that I have a new album coming out.
We are also expanding and adding both content and new features. In the BACKSTAGE area you will find not only band bios but many personal stories concerning my life, my beautiful wife Monique, and the Winter family. A new addition just added is called THE READING ROOM. Here you’ll find examples of some of my original poetry and short stories.
Writing has been a lifelong love and passion (perhaps equal to music) but one I have never shared, until now. It reveals a completely different side of me you would NEVER otherwise see. I am doing this mainly at Monique’s suggestion—so with her prompting and encouragement, we invite you to check it out.
The following is an excerpt from the liner notes I have written for the new album. I hope this will give you a deeper insight into Johnny’s life, his music, our relationship, and the making of the album itself. It should certainly deepen your understanding of the music, and heighten the experience of the musical journey it will take you on. So here goes …
I don’t make that many albums these days. They all mean a lot to me, but this one is particularly personal, and very special. So before I even get started, I feel compelled to explain my feelings, and clarify my motives and intentions here.
As most of you may know, my brother, Johnny, passed away in July of 2014. He was touring Europe and had just played the Cahors Blues Festival in France, which was destined to become his last show. He had traveled to Switzerland where his next show was scheduled, the one he would never play. He would pass away in his sleep there at the hotel in Zurich before he ever got the chance.
Let me just say that although Johnny may have departed this physical plane, his spirit, his music, and his presence will live on in my heart, always. Johnny was a true bluesman. He played music, and lived life. He came in, and went out the same way – true to the blues, and I love him for that.
Now after his passing, many people immediately started trying to convince me to do a Johnny Winter tribute album. Somehow, this just didn’t feel right to me. Then as time passed, I started to reconsider. This didn’t happen all at once. The first real change occurred on stage.
Just two weeks after his anticipated return, we were scheduled to start a tour called the Rock ‘n’ Blues Fest. Johnny and I were both playing with our respective bands, and there would have been jamming together at the end.
I was devastated, and expected the tour to be canceled, but the promoters wanted it to go on as planned with me and my band as the headliners. The first night, after playing “Frankenstein” to honor Johnny’s memory, I closed the show with “Johnny B. Goode”, “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo”, and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, dedicating the end of the set to my brother Johnny.
Playing those songs turned out to be a great source of strength and comfort to me. Everyone on the tour was so kind and supportive getting up to jam, and it became a kind of tradition. There was such an overwhelming outpouring of love and respect for Johnny, I began to realize that I had to do this for Johnny’s true, loyal, and devoted fans who wanted so much to see it happen.
The world seemed to be crying out for this, so maybe it was time to surrender to the natural flow of the universe and just let it happen. I realized a part of me deep down in my heart Did want to make this album. It was just the circumstances that never seemed quite right.
I talked it over with my wife, Monique. I trust her intuition more than my own judgment or analytical thinking, and we always make these kinds of decisions together. She was all for it and said, “I think you have to make this album, both for Johnny, for yourself, and for the world. You owe that acknowledgement to your older brother. If it weren’t for him, you wouldn’t be where you are today. There’s no need to worry about it. If it’s meant to happen, it will. Just let it be”
Here’s what finally decided the whole thing. A friend of mine said, “Wow! A Johnny Winter tribute album, what a Great idea. I know this guy you just have to talk to. His name is Bruce Quarto and he has his own label called Quarto Valley Records, but he doesn’t think or operate at all like the typical businessman.
He loves music, science, and the arts, and he has this unique personal vision of doing things he believes in to revitalize the industry, help authentic musicians, and make a real difference. I know Bruce will Love this idea. And what’s more, when he believes in something, he goes all out. He will do this the Right Way, and for the Right Reasons. Let me at least run this by him, and then you guys can talk.” I said, “sure, that can’t hurt.
Talking to Bruce was the real turning point. He’s such a character, full of boundless enthusiasm. To him, anything is possible. You can’t help but Love an attitude like that. The conversation got deep, and we talked for hours. Here’s the general gist of what he had to say.
“I was the guy sprawled out on the floor in the bean bag chair: amazed by the album covers, immersed in the liner notes, swept away by the music.” Of course I knew exactly what he was talking about, because I was that guy too. We all were once, unless you were just too young to have experienced it.
He went on, “I listened to Johnny’s music, I cranked up your “Frankenstein”, I blasted “Free Ride” in the car. There was so much great music in that era; it was magic! And there’s a whole world out there who might remember, or maybe never even heard it before. They deserve to. Let’s bring it
I’m up for that! – I said. But let’s talk about the album itself. Here’s the main question in my mind. Should this album simply be a tribute to the great legacy Johnny left the world, or rather a more personal dedication from me to my brother based on my own personal preferences, and what I think he would have wanted.
Bruce said, “I think you should just follow your heart. I want this album to be a success, but I’m not doing it for the money. In fact, I intend to donate a good part of my share to a charity set up to help disadvantaged musicians. I’m doing it because the world needs to hear this music. When I heard this, I knew Bruce was the right man.
The next person so deeply involved with this project that I most of all want to thank is Ross Hogarth. Ross started out as the engineer and mixer, but soon became a producer and co-creator. He loves Johnny’s music as much as I do, and is as familiar with it as Well. Ross, Monique and I thank you from both our hearts for all the hard work, the love and care, the thought and imagination, the artistic creativity, and all the great artists you helped bring into the project. It simply would not be the album it is, without you.
The whole story of this heartfelt musical journey is told in the liner notes for the album, of which what you’ve just read is only a small part. But just to give you a rough idea, here is a list of the songs and the amazing guest artists that played on each track. You can find it on all major platforms by >>clicking here<<.
1. Mean Town Blues
Featuring Joe Bonamassa
2. Alive And Well
Featuring Kenny Wayne Shepherd
3. Lone Star Blues
Featuring Keb’ Mo’
4. I’m Yours And I’m Hers
Featuring Billy Gibbons
and Derek Trucks
5. Johnny B. Goode
Featuring David Grissom
and Joe Walsh
Featuring Michael McDonald
Joe Walsh and Ringo Starr
7. Highway 61 Revisited
Featuring Kenny Wayne Shepherd
and John McFee
8. Rock ‘n’ Roll Hoochie Koo
Featuring Steve Lukather
9. When You Got A Good Friend
Featuring Doyle Bramhall ll
10. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Featuring Phil X
11. Guess I’ll Go Away
Featuring Taylor Hawkins
and Doug Rappoport
12. Drown In My Own Tears
Featuring Edgar Winter
13. Self Destructive Blues
Featuring Joe Bonamassa
14. Memory Pain
Featuring Warren Haynes
15. Stormy Monday Blues
Featuring Robben Ford
16. Got My Mojo Workin’
Featuring Bobby Rush
17. End Of The Line
Featuring David Campbell Strings
When I look over this list, I am awestruck and humbled beyond words. Many of these incredible artists I met for the first time doing this album, but there are a few I share a long history with. My deepest and most profound thanks and gratitude to Sir Ringo Starr (The Greatest), to our longtime friend Michael McDonald for his magical voice, and to the guitar genius Joe Walsh the soaring Eagle. Donating your time and talent to support this tribute to Johnny means more than I can ever say.
In addition to all these great artists, I especially want to thank our dear friend and most amazing drummer, Gregg Bissonette, who played on every song (except one performed by the incomparable Ringo Starr).
Thank you, Gregg. The killer tracks you laid down became the soul and heartbeat of the album.
This recording has been years in the making, and I’ve given it my all. I can only tell a small part of the story here, but the album will tell you the rest. I want to thank everybody for everything: Johnny—my brother in musical inspiration; my wife Monique for her Love, encouragement, and support (without which I never would have done this); Ross Hogarth who put his whole heart and soul into it and worked as hard as I have myself; Bruce Quarto for his Love of the blues, of Johnny’s music, his faith in me as an artist, and his patience and understanding in how long it’s taken; Dave Hart for his belief in my talent, not only in management—but in friendship, while taking care of business, every day.
And my eternal gratitude to all the fantastic, amazing artists for their incredible heartfelt performances. You touched our hearts on behalf of Johnny and the Winter family.
It’s time to say goodbye for now, so here’s the last thing I want to say. When I was very young, I can still remember thinking … no matter how much time goes by, how old I get, what happens in my life, or how far I end up from home – there is one person in this world I know will always understand what I’ve been through, how I feel. And that person is my brother, Johnny.
It’s sad to say, but we drifted farther apart than I ever could have imagined back in those early days. So much has happened to both of us since then, but one thing will always remain the same … that bond, of brotherhood, of family, of music, and of Love. So in his name, I dedicate this album.
As we said before – the main purpose of this site is to give you a deeper look into the story behind the “Brother Johnny” album, and also to be The Place to go for the latest news on everything concerning it. There’s going to be a lot of that, which should make this a very active site—and we hope, a fun place to hang out. I’ll be around, or Sami*, (who you know from Facebook & Instagram) will be here monitoring the site, to handle all your questions and relay any messages. So drop by anytime to see what’s going on. Now, check out the new visualizers immediately following this message, and don’t forget to KEEP ON ROCKIN’!
Peace and Love,
Edgar & Monique
EDGAR WINTER RELEASES
“LONE STAR BLUES” Featuring Keb’ Mo’
THIS IS THE 3rd SINGLE OFF BROTHER JOHNNY AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY WINTER ORGANIZED BY HIS BROTHER EDGAR RELEASED BY QUARTO VALLEY RECORDS
What a WONDERFUL DAY! This would have been Johnny’s 78th birthday (and still is for me) as he continues to live on in my heart, and always will. Remember the old 78s before 33 1/3 albums came in? Johnny and I had tons of them. Today brings back so many memories, and is the PERFECT day to release the visual version of “Mean Town Blues”.
I remember the first time I heard it, I said, WOW! It’s some kind of modern, electric, boogie style, Delta blues. How did he do that? I was so Amazed, and still am to this very day. It was something New, and uniquely Johnny. Only he could have done it. Of all the great things Johnny did, I think I was most impressed with his slide playing. So authentic, yet original at the same time, just So Johnny! I hope I’ve done justice to the song, and the style; there’s no doubt that Joe Bonamassa certainly did!
Hey Joe, it is such an honor to have you on the album, and this song in particular. Man, what an incredible performance. This one was kind of a challenge for us all, but you rose so far beyond anything I ever expected, I’m absolutely awed and amazed. All I can say is—hey all you guitar freaks aficionados, DIG THIS! Thank You, Joe! You did Johnny proud, and really went to town—and I mean a MEAN town too!
This is a day I will always remember! I want to thank Scott Ritchie for putting his life on hold to make all the last minute changes. Scotty worked with me to singlehandedly create this visualizer. Without him, it would not exist today. I also want to thank Bruce Quarto, Mike Carden, and the whole Quarto Valley Records team for helping secure the necessary clearances to get this out Today, rather than next week. And most of all, I thank my wife Monique for putting up with me—staying up through all the sleepless nights looking for pics and figuring out how to make this work. Thank You, Monique—we did it!
You know, I was once doing an interview, and this guy said—in 10 words or less, give me your definition of the Blues. I thought it over and finally came up with—the Blues is transforming suffering into joy. There you go, with 3 words left over. That’s what the Blues has done for me, what I know it did for Johnny, and what I hope it does for us all. So let’s all raise our glasses (and hearts) to Johnny! Happy Birthday, my brother. This one’s for You!
Peace, Love, and Joy,
Edgar & Monique
The man contains multitudes. Sure, it’s something which has been said about others, but for Edgar Winter it’s literally true: His musical multitudes alone are staggering, and they are not all of who he is. As his fans know well, he’s a joyful genius, a musical wizard capable of solving any problem, and for whom limitations don’t exist, only possibilities.
A self-taught virtuoso on almost all instruments known to man, winter has long been fearless in his fusion of genres and use of brand-new technology such as the synthesizer. It’s these multitudes which have defined him, and distinguished him all along from his legendary big brother, the late great Johnny Winter.