Filmmaker Greg Olliver, who co-directed documentary “Lemmy,” will be traveling with Texas blues guitarist Johnny Winter this year for his next film.
Olliver’s company, Secret Weapon Films, will produce a documentary on Winter with a hoped-for release in 2013.
Megaforce/Sony released Winter’s most recent album, Roots in September, which has sold 23,000 copies, according to Soudscan, debuting at No. 4 on the blues chart and No. 33 on the independent albums chart. It was his first charting album on the Billboard 200 since 1985. .Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, John Popper, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi and others appear on the album, a tribute to his blues heroes.
Winter starts a 17-date European tour on his 68th birthday, Feb. 23, at the Sighisoara Blues Festival in Romania. After that wraps on March 18, Winter heads to the U.S. for 19 dates between March 30 and May 16. He heads to Japan for six gigs in late May before returning to play U.S. festivals in June.
“I grew up in Texas listening to the blues, so making a film with Johnny is a dream come true for me,” says Olliver, a fellow Texan, noting “there aren’t many blues icons left out there… His is a story that needs to be told.”
Winter, who started recording for Columbia in the late 1960s, is also known for helping revive the careers of Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.