Considered to be one of the best influences of Johnny Winter, especially his vocals. One example of this is Alan Haynes’s rendition of Parchman Farm
The only time Alan Haynes and Johnny Winter recorded together was on “Uncle” John Turner’s album: “Back in Beaumont”
it was a chance exposure to a Johnny Winter’s song called “Dallas” that shaped the trademark style the musician was later to develop. “Dallas” featured an acoustic dobro guitar that made music unlike anything Whitley had ever heard. Shortly there after he purchased a Mississippi National Steel Dobro and taught himself bottleneck blues. Chris on Johnny Winter: When I was a kid, I loved Johnny Winter and loved his first Columbia record. He used a thumb pick, not even a flat pick. Just plugged in.” The lanky guitarist now closes his eyes as if he’s remembering a girl. “Johnny sounded so fluid. He wasn’t really playing any scale or riffs. He was just blowing it out.” He opens his eyes. “The devil had nothing to do with ‘Din of Ecstasy.’ With that record it was, ‘I can afford a band now.
ambora comes from a background of Beatles, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Led Zeppelin, “a lot of blues stuff”
Interviewer: “Tell me about your guitar influences when you were growing up.” Sambora: “I was mainly influenced as a guitar player by musicians that had a very emotional style. … Johnny Winter was a big influence, as well, and I still listen to the ‘ Johnny Winter And Live’ album a lot.”
Interviewer: “Rick Derringer told me he’s not particularly a fan of that album; that it’s too frenetic, if I remember his words correctly.”
Sambora: “Let me tell you something: I think I might have played that record every day for at least two or three years (laughs). …”
Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins on Johnny Winter:
Billy: “Our tribute to Johnny Winter, circa 1974; a true original and one of my favorite guitarists.”
Billy: “It sounds like Rick Derringer-era Johnny Winter, like the “Rock ‘n’ Roll, Hoochie Koo” days. I’m really into his Robert Johnson stuff, that whole trip, like the song “Dallas” from his first album. And there’s a really beautiful song called “Cheap Tequila” [Still Alive And Well]. I love that song! The tribute song is mostly an instrumental, and then every once in a while I go [screams in a Johnny Winter voice], “Oh yeah!!!” You have to hear it; I wonder how many people will get the reference.
Guitar School: Why don’t you record something with Johnny, or have him play with you live?
Billy: Oh, god. I’d be so intimidated by a pure guitar player like him. I’m pretty aware of my deficiencies as a guitarist, and I’d end up babbling on about how I wish I practiced more or something.
GS: As a fan of both Smashing Pumpkins and Johnny Winter, it’s totally cool to imagine Johnny walking out and playing live with you guys, and I can see it as kind of making sense, too.
Billy: Yeah, right, like, “Hey Johnny, learn ‘Cherub Rock’, would ya?” [laughs] All I know is, when I watched the Bob Dylan tribute, the only part that smoked me was when Johnny came out and did “Highway 61.” He was unbelievable. Even James Iha, who could give two shits about Johnny Winter, had his mouth hanging open. We’ll record that tribute and put it out somehow, someway, and we’ll just call it “Tribute To Johnny” so you’ll know. I have that underdog thing. I look at someone like him, who is so amazing, and has had an interesting, strange career, and I’m more apt to root for him. Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix don’t need any more rooting for them. If anything, they’ve had too much hype.