Steve Winwood is back with his new live collection, Winwood Greatest Hits Live, which is out today (September 1st), featuring healthy doses of his timeless work with Traffic, Blind Faith, the Spencer Davis Group — alongside his own classic solo hits. Winwood kicks off his U.S. tour tonight at Santa Ynez, California’s Chumash Casino, and has dates on the books through September 24th in Wantagh, New York when Winwood plays the Laid Back Festival at Northwell Health At Jones Beach Theater with Peter Wolf and Jackson Browne.
Although Winwood is renown for his genre defining Hammond B-3 Organ and synthesizer work, as most fans who’ve ever seen him blaze through a killer version of his classic Traffic masterpiece “Dear Mr. Fantasy” will tell you — Winwood is among the best guitarists in the business. We asked him how he rates himself on the six-string: “I don’t see myself as virtuoso by any means. I’m very interested in the art of accompaniment. I think that’s a very important thing and often overlooked. And I grew up listening to the great blues guitarists and that had an influence on me, so I was able to improvise in that style, as well. And also, I, sort of, grew up playing various forms of jazz, as well, and not only that — learning ’30s and ’40s dance music, which I used to play with my dad. So, I sort of came into rock n’ roll. . . ‘came into it on a slightly different route than, perhaps, other people.”
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