Edgar Winter

Edgar Winter
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Born and raised in Beaumont, Texas, it didn’t take long for Edgar Winter to make his mark as a young musical prodigy. Versed in a wide variety of instruments and musical styles, Edgar has managed to defy stereotypes. It quickly became clear that he was gifted early in his childhood as he rapidly developed a profound interest in jazz, pop and R&B. By the late 60’s, having gradually become technically proficient in playing, writting and arranging, Edgar finally left home in Texas and travelled to New York to play with his brother Johnny Winter’s group. Thanks largely to his brilliant rendition of “Tobacco Road”, Edgar soon emerged as a spotlight attraction, astounding audiences and drawing the attention of various record labels. After signing a recording contract with Epic Records, Edgar released his debut album Entrance, a concept album inspired by his jazz influences. Entrance was heralded as a commercial success as well, giving Edgar a strong national following. After Entrance, Edgar formed the group White Trash. He and old friend Jerry La Croix both sang and were joined by various musicians from Louisisana and Texas. With Edgar’s steadily growing reputation as one of the premiere live performers, White Trash enjoyed a year of sell out touring. After several albums, including the gold double live album, Roadwork, White Trash broke up. Edgar then united the talents of stellar musicians Dan Hartman, Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff and put out the album They Only Come Out At Night. Featuring the smash hits “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride”, still radio staples at classic rock stations, the album became a huge commercial success, climbing to #1 and selling more than two million copies along the way. Always trying to explore new directions with instruments and sounds, Edgar made a major break through by being one of the very first to use synthesizers to make records. “Frankenstein”, in fact, was the first song to feature synthesizer as a lead instrument.He also carved new horizons for music with his early use of synthesizers in live performances. As a result, Winter also invented the very first body strap for the handheld keyboard. After They Only Come Out At Night, Edgar released Shock Treatment ,featuring prominent guitarist Rick Derringer, in place of Ronnie Montrose. Later albums included a second solo album Jasmine Nightdreams, then The Edgar Winter Group with Rick Derringer, a live album, Together: Edgar and Johnny Winter and then Recycled, a reunion with White Trash supported by an American Tour. Two more albums followed: Standing On Rock and The Edgar Winter Album. In 1990, Edgar re-teamed with RickDerringer for the first time in 15 years to record the concert album Live In Japan, and performed together billed as the White Lightnin’ World Tour. During this time, Edgar performed on the Arsenio Hall Show, Midnight Hour, Into the Night with Rick Dees, and Late Night with David Letterman. He later recorded the album Mission Earth . Intensified in live shows, Edgar’s fluid keyboards, saxophone and soulful boogie rock have been the key to his unbroken string of success on the touring front. During November of ‘91, Edgar went “down under” for the first time and won over audiences in Australia and New Zealand with The Edgar Winter Blues Band. In the 1993 “Grand Slam Tour”, Edgar shared the stage with such acts as Poco, Steppenwolf and Dave Mason. Over the course of more than 20 years, Edgar has recorded over 20 records, has guested on other stars hit recordings, and has most recently branched out into the film industry. He re-recorded his ever-popular song “Free Ride” for the film “Air America” and had his rock n’ roll classic “Frankenstein” featured in the Paramount release “Wayne’s World 2”. “Way Down South”, his first ever title song, was featured in 20th Century Fox’s hit film “My Cousin Vinny” starring Joe Pesci. Edgar’s songs have also been featured in other film projects, including “What’s Love Got to Do With It? (The Tina Turner story)”, “Son In Law” and “Encino Man.” Edgar has also expanded his creative talents with his acting debut in Paramount’s film “Netherworld”. Other recent exciting projects included recording a version of Steppenwolf’s hit song “Magic Carpet Ride” for the recently released Trimark Pictures release “Star Kid”, and an original composition "Good Ol' Shoe" which was sung by Willie Nelson in the film "Wag The Dog". You can also see Edgar in a great new Miller Lite commercial with George Hamilton, or hear his song "Free Ride" featured on all of the new Buick Regal commercials. With the release of Edgar’s album, The Real Deal, Edgar made his re-entry into the mainstream rock world. One of Edgar's most ambitious musical works so far, Real Deal featured an all star list of guest musicians, including Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Of Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers fame), Rick Derringer, Jermaine Jackson, Ronnie Montrose, Mitch Perry, Leon Russell, Johnny Winter and the legendary White Trash Horns, Steven Howard and John Smith. To deliver The Real Deal vision, Edgar teamed up with acclaimed producers Shelly Yakus, whose credits include U2, Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty; and Rory Kaplan, Michael Jackson’s long time tour musical director, arranger and producer. The result is a serious attack of electric, fun filled, toe-in-the-mud, Texas rock n’ roll. With his latest release, Winter Blues, Edgar Winter continues to draw from his vast repertoire and explore new musical avenues. Going back to some of his original blues roots, Edgar has come up with one of his most heartfelt and personal works to date. And again, there's a great list of guest musicians, including brother Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer, Dr. John, Eddie Money, Bobby Kimball (of Toto fame), Leon Russell, The White Trash Horns, Mitch Perry and Rick Latham. By fusing together different sounds and styles, while staying true to his vision, Edgar has helped keep the spirit of rock and roll alive and well....and come up with a thoroughly enjoyable CD in the process!
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