Winwood Launches Label, New Album, Tour
Marking his 40th anniversary in music, Steve Winwood has formed a label through which he will release a new album, and plans to hit the road later this month. The artist's first album on his own WincrMarking his 40th anniversary in music, Steve Winwood has formed a label through which he will release a new album, and plans to hit the road later this month. The artist's first album on his own Wincraft Music will be the June 17 release "About Time."
The label will be administered through Boulder, Colo.-based label SCI Fidelity Records, founded by jam band String Cheese Incident. Winwood, who has spent most of his solo career on Virgin, has not released an album since 1997's "Junction Seven." That set peaked at No. 123 on The Billboard 200.
Although a veteran artist with a stylistically diverse career, the former Traffic, Spencer Davis Group, and Blind Faith member is not usually associated with jam bands. That changed last year at Tennessee's inaugural Bonnaroo music festival, when he performed Traffic's "Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" and "Glad" with Widespread Panic. He also jammed with String Cheese Incident on its own "Latinissmo" and a cover of Spencer Davis Group's "I'm a Man" during the event.
The sound of the new album is said to be centered on Winwood's skill playing a favorite jam band instrument, the Hammond B-3 organ. He was accompanied in the studio by guitarist Jose Neto (Airto Moreira, Flora Purim) and drummer Walfredo Reyes Jr. (Santana, Traffic), both of whom played on "Junction Seven." The recording of "About Time" marked the first time in 27 years Winwood recorded live in the studio, without the use of click tracks or loops.
Winwood's U.S. tour will kick off April 25 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and includes a stretch of June dates with the Dead. Along with a few club shows, several of the spring dates are multi-artist festivals in such cities as Charlotte, N.C., Atlanta, Nashville, Milwaukee, Quincy, Calif., and Jacksonville, Ore. Additional summer tour dates are expected.
Here are Winwood's upcoming tour dates:
April 25: Myrtle Beach, S.C. (House Of Blues)
April 26: Charlotte, N.C. (Cityfest Live)
April 28: Sarasota, Fla. (Van Wezel Performing Arts Center)
April 29: Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (House Of Blues)
May 1: New Orleans (House Of Blues)
May 2: Atlanta (Music Midtown Festival)
May 3: Memphis (Beale Street Music Festival)
May 4: Nashville (River Stages)
June 17: TBA (w/the Dead)
June 18: TBA (w/the Dead)
June 20: Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Saratoga Performing Arts Center; w/the Dead)
June 21: Hartford, Conn. (The Meadows; w/the Dead))
June 22: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center; w/the Dead))
June 24-25: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center; w/the Dead)
June 27: Milwaukee (Summerfest)
June 28: San Diego (Humphrey's)
July 5: Quincy, Calif. (High Sierra Music Festival)
July 6: Jacksonville, Ore. (Britt Festivals @ Britt Pavilion)