Sunday 17th at 7:00 pm (Main Stage)
Sing a song, play guitar, make it snappy.
When you hear the name Steve Winwood, where do you go? Back to Blind Faith? On the Arc of A Diver? Do you play Traffic in your head? Or do you think about the kid who was the driving force of the Spencer Davis Group? Wherever Steve Winwood’s impressive output takes you, it’s pure gold. Creatively restless and curious, the hallmark of Steve’s musical journey has been one of exploration and testing boundaries. The albums he’s made with Blind Faith and Traffic set him apart as a musician who reaches out to other, equally adventurous souls – Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton, Rick Grech, Dave Mason, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood – to make records that remain as fresh and exciting as the first time you dropped the needle in the groove. Then as now, there’ve been no other recordings quite like John Barleycorn Must Die, or Blind Faith’s sole eponymous record. Musical conventions of the day were challenged by the sheer audacity of their compositions, range of influences, and stellar musicianship. What remains are classic records that reside in every serious listener’s collection.
His solo records unleashed the Grammy tide – in the late 70s and 1980s, his melodic songs were radio staples and a career that at that time was already 20 years on, exploded. A wickedly talented multi-instrumentalist, Steve might be best known for his distinctive Hammond organ sound, a sound he has lent to Jimi Hendrix on “Voodoo Chile,” and as recently as on Miranda Lambert’s hit, “Baggage Claim.” You hear it and just know it’s Mr. Winwood.
In Steve Winwood’s music there is a vast range of influences and styles. He’s explored Delta blues, English folk, Afro-Caribbean rhythms and melds them into his own inventive songs. Chances are, you know the words to all of them. We’re honored to have Steve Winwood play for you.