Steve Winwood

English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood

Stephen Lawrence "Steve" Winwood is an English songwriter and musician whose genres include blue-eyed soul, R&B, rock, blues-rock, pop-rock, and jazz. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays the electric organ, synthesizers, bass, drums, guitar, mandolin, violin and other strings. A star performer for nearly fifty years, he has also done notable work as a producer. In addition to his solo career, Winwood was a key member of The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith and Go.
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Heave’s Over: Our favorite songs
Heave Media - almost 4 years
Welcome to the final installment of Heave’s Over, our set of staff list pieces leading up to our final day of publication on Friday. Today, our staff gives lists of their top 15 all-time favorite songs. Remember: these are personal favorites, not “best song” lists or whatever. And unless noted otherwise, these lists are in no particular order. Alex Borkowski 1) Pixies - “Debaser” 2) Wavves - “King of the Beach” 3) tUnE-yArDs - “Hatari” 4) Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - “Bobby Malone Moves Home” 5) Ty Segall – “Caesar” 6) Laura Stevenson and the Cans - “Peachy” 7) Arcade Fire - “The Suburbs” 8 ) LCD Soundsystem - “Dance Yrself Clean” 9) Animal Collective - “Brother Sport” 10) The Mountain Goats - “Jaipur” 11) St. Vincent - “Actor Out of Work” 12) The Velvet Underground - “Heroin” 13) The Flaming Lips - “Do You Realize??” 14) Elliot Smith - “Ballad of Big Nothing” 15) The Beatles - “Octopus’s Garden” —— Chris Osterndorf 1) Nicki Minaj - “Super Bass” 2) Ka...
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'Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train' review: Vital glance
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Hear My Train a Comin', directed by Bob Smeaton and premiering Tuesday on PBS, hits all the right notes, beginning with Hendrix's childhood in Seattle, his military service where he met lifelong friend and frequent collaborator Billy Cox, and into his tragically brief but still brilliant career as one of the greatest guitar players in the world. [...] there's plenty of musical evidence of his singular genius, including previously unseen footage from the 1968 Miami Pop Festival. For many, the real highlight of the film won't be commentary from musicians such as Paul McCartney, Dweezil Zappa, Dave Mason, Steve Winwood or Hendrix's bandmates in the Experience, Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell. Kramer, who worked closely with Hendrix for years, deconstructs a single passage of typically dense Hendrix music to demonstrate how the sound was created through the fusion of three guitar layers, each of which was musically distinct from the others. Another reason Hendrix attracted attention, ...
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Jimi Hendrix's shy genius explored in new documentary
USA Today - over 4 years
Fierce passion for music is explored in interviews with Paul McCartney and Steve Winwood.
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Musicians play so well together, they hardly need to practice
Blue Ridge Now - over 4 years
Local luthier Jay Lichty doesn’t get the opportunity often to hear his instruments played in concert. He gets the chance to hear two this week, as Randall Bramblett and Geoff Achison will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Tryon Fine Arts Center. Both musicians play Lichty’s custom-made guitars. “It’s a huge treat to see them played, no doubt,” said Lichty, who has been building guitars and ukeleles in Tryon full-time since 2009. He has a global market for his work and, in many cases, he ships his instruments out of the area to be played by first-rate musicians. “Our market is global,” he said. “It’s funny how few people in North Carolina own them.” Bramblett, an Athens, Ga.-based multi-instrumentalist who has toured with Steve Winwood and Bonnie Raitt, learned about Lichty’s guitars from playing with Achison, the Australian-born guitiarist. Lichty took a few guitars to a home concert that Achison was performing in Tryon. Lichty made him a guitar to use when he performs in...
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'Smash' Star Goes Rock 'N' Roll For Cabaret Return
Huffington Post - over 4 years
New York nightspot 54 Below is set to welcome back one of its inaugural stars when Brian d'Arcy James takes the stage Sept. 5. Though he's predominately known as a song-and-dance man, the two-time Tony Award nominee ("Sweet Smell of Success," "Shrek the Musical") will mostly eschew showtunes in favor of rock and pop songs for "Under The Influence," an eclectic "hodgepodge" show that he premiered at 54 Below to great acclaim last year, shortly after the club opened. "I've always said this endeavor was a bit of a selfish one," James, 45, said in an interview with The Huffington Post, noting that the 2013 version of his set will comprises tunes by Billy Joel, Steve Winwood and Squeeze. "Since it was the first time I've really put together an official show of my own, I gravitated towards the music that I grew up listening to, which is predominately a traditional pop sound." James' renditions of pop-rock tunes earned him raves during his 2012 engagement: The New York Time...
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András Simonyi: Waiting for Sugar Man
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
No documentary in the last couple of years has fascinated the broader public more than Oscar-winning Searching for Sugar Man. The story of the resurrection of Rodriguez, the Detroit artist thought dead since the early seventies, touches the heart and the mind. This is understandable, as there is something especially thrilling about rock 'n roll death. Rodriguez turns up alive and well, like Elvis coming back from the dead. It is also an American tale of rags to riches. More importantly, however, his story is about the amazing global influence and impact of rock and roll music on people, on movements for freedom and human rights. As Malik Bendjelloul, the Swedish director of the film, rightly says, every revolution needs an anthem. But revolutions also need dreams, that can best be enshrined in the musical art form of rock and roll -- a form people can and want to embrace because they feel it's their own. The story of rock and roll behind the "broader" Iron Curtain,...
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Ten Years After Guitarist Dies At Age 68
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
LONDON -- British rock guitarist Alvin Lee, founder of the band Ten Years After who burst to stardom with a memorable Woodstock performance, has died. He was 68. A statement posted on Lee's official website said he died Wednesday unexpectedly from complications following a routine surgical procedure. Lee's manager, Ron Rainey, said the guitarist died in Spain. "We have lost a wonderful, much loved father and companion," said the statement signed by his daughter Jasmin, wife Evi and former companion Suzanne. "The world has lost a truly great and gifted musician." The Nottingham, England-born Lee founded the band Ten Years After in 1967. The group first toured the U.S. in 1967, but its popularity exploded following Lee's rousing performance of the song "I'm Going Home" at Woodstock in 1969. Lee's epic and electrifying solos on his Gibson guitar for the 11-minute performance were immortalized in the documentary film about the legendary festival. Ten Years Afte...
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Rod Stewart, Steve Winwood get ready to Live the Life
USA Today - about 5 years
The veteran rockers will launch a 10-city tour this spring.
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Tonight in Music: PWRHAUS, The Pharmacy, Steve Winwood & More
The Portland Mercury - over 5 years
PWRHAUS, WHITE HINTERLAND, OLD FRIEND (Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Read our article on PWRHAUS. THE PHARMACY, THE DANDELIONS, WHITE FANG (East End, 203 SE Grand) Seattle's the Pharmacy continues to crank out simple psych pop that doesn't answer to anyone. The raw energy of their new full-length, Stoned and Alone, comes from the garage, the production brings the sophistication of the Kinks' The Village Green Preservation Society, and the songs are the kind of earworms that will take you back to the days of listening to record albums in your room with your friends. Needless to say, the record—and the Pharmacy—are a good time. And with the songs averaging around two minutes, they also serve as a good life lesson: The good times never last... and say yes to drugs. MARK LORE STEVE WINWOOD, THE WOOD BROTHERS (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) Cor blimey, wottya mean Steve Winwood is da fookin' most versatile British rock star of all time? That's lollicock, tha'...
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Music Review: Steve Winwood - Arc Of A Diver [Deluxe Edition]
Seattle Pi - over 5 years
Music Review: Steve Winwood - Arc Of A Diver [Deluxe Edition] Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 11:55 p.m., Friday, September 28, 2012 While he would reunite with Traffic, he began his solo career during 1977 with a self-titled album. The title track sort of sums up the album and its breezy pop approach. The second disc contains the shorter edited single of "Arc Of A Diver," the instrumental version of "Night Train," which originally appeared on a U.K. 12-inch single release and has never been issued in CD form, and a six-minute radio edit version of "Spanish Dancer." The final track is a BBC Radio documentary, Arc Of A Diver, The Steve Winwood Story.
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Mike Ragogna: Motherload Monday: Chats With Steve Earle, Ravi Coltrane, Jerry Douglas, P.O.D.'s Sonny Sandoval and Marina & The Diamonds
Huffington Post - over 5 years
A Conversation With Steve Earle Mike Ragogna: Steve, your novel I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, imagines the troubled life of Doc Ebersole as he is haunted by the ghost of his former patient and friend, Hank Williams. What inspired you to write something like this? Steve Earle: I had always heard there was a doctor traveling with Hank; turns out the guy wasn't really a doctor, he was a quack. I decided the idea that he was a doctor was more interesting, and I came up with my own character, Doc Ebersole. It started out as a simple ghost story and became a Harry Potter book for adults by the end, it got kind out of hand, but I'm pretty proud of it actually. MR: And it has the same title as your latest album. SE: The book was always going to be called, I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive because it was the last single that Hank Williams released before his death and it went to #1 after he died. Kind of weird it worked out that way, but it did. I'd been...
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Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: The Gold, Silver and Bronze Playlist
Huffington Post - over 5 years
The Donnas Song: The Gold Medal Album: Gold Medal Genre: Rock Buy: The Carl Stalling Project Song: There They Go Go Go (Complete Road Runner) Album: The Carl Stalling Project-Music From Warner Bros. Cartoons 1936-1958 Genre: Soundtrack Buy: Gomez Song: Free to Run Album: Bring It On Genre: Rock Buy: The Beatles Song: Carry That Weight Album: Abbey Road Genre: Rock Buy: Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions Song: We're a Winner (Single Version) Album: Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions: The Anthology, 1961-1977 Genre: Soul/Pop Buy: Dr. John Song: Jump Sturdy Album: Gris-Gris Genre: Rock Buy: Queen Song: We Are the Champions Album: News of the World Genre: Rock Buy: Robert Randolph & The Family Band (Featuring Leela James) Song: Stronger Album: Colo...
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Steve Winwood accepts Music City Walk of Fame star
The Tennessean - over 5 years
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Core Bites: Performances set for Feed & Seed
Blue Ridge Now - over 5 years
Performances set for Feed & Seed Feed & Seed, 3715 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, will host shows starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 828-216-3492. The following is the June schedule: u Today: Old Country u Saturday: Timberline u June 8: County Farm u June 9: The Professors with Wayne Erbsen u June 15: Can't Hardly Play Boys u June 16: Paul Cataldo, Common Ground at 7:30 p.m. u June 22: Project Cash u June 23: Zypher Lightening Bolt u June 29: Lorraine Conard Band u June 30: TNT, Blue Grass Mix at 7:30 p.m. St. James School hosts fundraiser St. James School for Little Folks will have their annual fundraisers: A Night in the Gardens and the Country Fair. A Night in the Gardens will at 6 p.m. today, at St. James Church, 766 North Main St., Hendersonville. For a $5 donation, sample wine, dine on heavy hors d' oeuvres, listen to music and enjoy garden themes and décor along with visiting the student art gallery. Silent and live auc...
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5 THINGS: Lots of Plant Sales!
Narragansett Patch - almost 6 years
Here are the (more than) Five Things for Saturday, May 12, 2012: Buy yourself a Venus fly trap, or even better, a Mercury fly trap. There is a Mother’s Day plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wakefield Baptist Church today. For more info, go here. Probably not Venus fly traps, but still, invasive none the less. There will be an invasive plant removal from 8 a.m. to noon today at the East Side of Lake Canonchet, across from Narragansett Beach. Speaking of plants… The URI East Farm Spring Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at East Farm on Route 108. For more info, click here. There are a slew of free events, so check it out! Buy yourself some baby items, toys, books, clothing or household goods. There is a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s Preschool today. For more info, go here. A yart sale – not a typo. Foampix, which are lightweight, easy to mount wall photos, is having a “yart” sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 80 Gibson Avenue in Narragansett. Fo...
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Willie Nelson, Linda Eder Top Weekend Offerings
Bloomfield Patch - almost 6 years
  Wellmont Theatre, Montclair THIS WEEKEND Tonight — Rusko and Sigma perform at 8 p.m. NEXT WEEK: Willie Nelson & Family, 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday BOOK IT NOW:   Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang, 8 p.m., Saturday, June 9; Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 19. Check out for more shows. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark THIS WEEKEND: Tonight, Saturday — Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, NJPAC's principal resident dance company, performs its yearly NJPAC show, 8 p.m., Prudential Hall; Saturday — Will Downing, the reigning romanticst R&B crooner, makes women swoon at 8 p.m., Victoria Theater.  NEXT WEEK: Chita Rivera, who performed for decades in a variety of Broadway's classic hits, performs her review, with two shows, Saturday, May 19, Prudential Hall; Bill Maher, Jersey guy and comedic iconoclast and host of HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, gets politcally incorrect at 8 p.m., Sunday, May 20  BOOK IT NOW: ...
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West Side Story, Russell Brand, Chicago top Date Night Options
Berkeley Heights Patch - almost 6 years
The Borgata  THIS WEEKEND: Tonight — Russell Brand, the soon-to-be former-Mr.-Katy-Perry does, well... whatever it is that he does, Thursday and Friday, May 4,5, 9 p.m., The Music Box; Comedian-turned-sitcom-star-turned-talk-show-host-turned-comedian George Lopez, 9 p.m., Friday, May 5, Event Center NEXT WEEK: Florence & the Machine, 8 p.m., Friday, May 12, Event Center BOOK IT NOW: Joan Rivers, 6 p.m., Friday, May 19, The Music Box; Hip-hoppin' stud du jour Pitbull brings the party tunes, 9 p.m., Thursday, May 25, Event Center Check out for details about these and other shows. Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank THIS WEEKEND: No shows this weekend NEXT WEEK: Trailer Park Boys, a hiliarious troupe of comedians that have created a Canadian TV sensation, park their double-wide in Red Bank at 7:30 p.m., Thursday; Music, cultural and biofuel icon Willie Nelson performs at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 12; Country singer LeAnn Rimes performs at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, M...
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GAC Album Review: Pat Green’s Songs We Wish We’d Written II
GAC - Great American Country - almost 6 years
Pat Green - Songs We Wish We'd Written II. In 2001, Texan Pat Green released an album full of his favorite songs that spanned such diverse sounds as Waylon Jennings’ “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” and Steve Winwood’s “Can’t Find My Way Home.” The first edition, Songs We Wish We’d Written, was done in collaboration with fellow Texas artist Cory Morrow. Pat’s now releasing the second round, Songs We Wish We’d Written II, as a solo project. The record, hitting stores May 8, is a special collection for the singer that speaks to important moments and relationships in Pat’s life. Like the first edition, II features a very diverse group of songs and writers. Liz Rose (“If It Weren’t For You,” written with Walt Wilkins), Tom Petty  (“Even the Losers”) and rock band Collective Soul’s Ed Roland (“The World I Know,” with Brian Ross Childress) all grace the liner notes. And while artists like Tom Petty and Collective Soul aren’t generally thought of as country, Pat’s unique take on th...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Steve Winwood
  • 2014
    In 2014, Winwood toured North America with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
  • 2013
    In 2013 Winwood toured North America with Rod Stewart as part of the "Live the Life" tour.
  • 2012
    On 28 March 2012 Winwood was one of Roger Daltrey's special guest stars for "An Evening with Roger Daltrey and Friends" gig, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall.
  • 2009
    Clapton and Winwood released a CD and DVD of their Madison Square Garden shows and then toured together in the summer of 2009.
  • 2008
    On 19 February 2008 Winwood and Clapton released a collaborative EP through iTunes titled Dirty City.
  • 2007
    In July 2007, Winwood performed with Clapton in the latter's Crossroads Guitar Festival.
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    In May 2007, Winwood performed in support of the pro-fox hunting organisation the Countryside Alliance in a concert at Highclere Castle, joining fellow rock artists Bryan Ferry, Eric Clapton, Steve Harley and Kenney Jones.
  • 2006
    Christina Aguilera features Winwood (using the piano and organ instrumentation from the "John Barleycorn" track, "Glad") on one of her songs from her 2006 record Back to Basics, called "Makes Me Wanna Pray".
  • 2005
    In 2005, he accepted an invitation from 2008 Grammy Award winner Ashley Cleveland to appear on her album Men and Angels Say.
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    In 2005, his Soundstage Performances DVD was released, featuring recent work from the About Time album along with prior hits including "Back in the High Life".
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  • 2003
    In 2003, Winwood released a new studio album, About Time on his new record label, Wincraft Music. 2004 saw his 1982 song "Valerie" used by Eric Prydz in a song called "Call on Me".
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  • 2000
    Winwood also appeared in the film Blues Brothers 2000, as a member of the Louisiana Gator Boys, appearing on stage with Isaac Hayes, Eric Clapton, and KoKo Taylor at the battle of the bands competition.
  • 1998
    In 1998, Winwood joined Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, Ed Calle and other musicians to form the band "Latin Crossings" for a European tour, after which they split without making any recordings.
  • 1997
    In 1997, Winwood released a new album, Junction Seven, toured the US and sang with Chaka Khan at the VH-1 Honors.
  • 1995
    In 1995 and 1996, Winwood released Reach for the Light for the animated film Balto.
  • 1994
    In 1994, Capaldi and Winwood reunited Traffic for a new album, Far From Home, and a tour, including a performance at Woodstock '94 Festival.
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  • 1987
    Winwood now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Eugenia Crafton, whom he married in 1987.
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  • 1986
    In 1986 he moved to New York.
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  • 1983
    He continued to do sessions during this period, and in 1983 he co-produced and played on Jim Capaldi's top 40 hit "That's Love" and co-wrote the Will Powers top 20 hit "Kissing with Confidence".
  • 1980
    This was followed by his 1980 hit Arc of a Diver (which included his first solo hit, "While You See a Chance") and Talking Back to the Night in 1982.
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  • 1978
    Between 1978 and 1986 Winwood was married to Nicole Weir (d. 2005), who had contributed background vocals to some of his early solo work.
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  • 1977
    Weariness with the grind of touring and recording prompted Winwood to leave Traffic and retire to sessioning for some years. Under pressure from Island Records, he resurfaced with his self-titled first solo album in 1977.
  • 1976
    In 1976, Winwood also played guitar on the Fania All Stars’ Delicate and Jumpy record and performed as a guest with the band in their only UK appearance, a sold-out concert at the Lyceum Theatre, London.
  • 1973
    He recorded a 1973 album with Remi Kabaka, Aiye-Keta, for Antilles Records, and in 1976 provided vocals and keyboards on Go, a concept album by Japanese composer Stomu Yamashta.
  • 1972
    In 1972, Winwood recorded the part of Captain Walker in the highly successful orchestral version of The Who's Tommy.
  • 1970
    However, Winwood ended up calling in Wood and Capaldi to help with session work, which prompted Traffic's comeback album John Barleycorn Must Die in 1970.
  • 1969
    Winwood formed the supergroup Blind Faith in 1969 with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech.
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  • 1967
    After Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group in April 1967, the quartet formed Traffic.
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  • 1965
    At the end of 1965 the group had their first number one single with "Keep On Running" and the money from this success allowed Winwood to buy his own Hammond B-3 organ.
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  • 1948
    Born on May 12, 1948.
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