“JOHNNY WINTER: DOWN & DIRTY”, the feature length documentary on blues legend Johnny Winter directed by “LEMMY” co-director/producer Greg Olliver, will premiere this March at the South by Southwest Film & Music Festival in Austin, Texas.


The film also features Edgar Winter, James Cotton, Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Luther Nallie, Tommy Shannon, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and more.


Produced independently through Secret Weapon Films in NYC, director Greg Olliver followed Johnny on tour over the course of two years in the United States, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong as well as his comeback performance on the Late Night with David Letterman Show to create an intimate portrait of the Grammy nominated Texas musician.


Speaking of Johnny Winter on the “Mike Douglas Show” in 1977, Muddy Waters said “When I first heard him, I thought he was one of the greatest blues players in the business.”


In 1969 Johnny was signed by Clive Davis to Columbia Records for what was called “the largest solo artist deal of its time” in the amount of $600,000.00. He later played Woodstock, dated Janis Joplin, jammed with Jimi Hendrix, produced multiple Grammy winning albums for Muddy Waters and was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1988. He was recently listed as one of Rolling Stone Magazines “Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.


Like many of his peers, Johnny spent years struggling with addiction and resulting health issues.  At 69 years old, he is now currently clean and his health is on a steady incline while he plays an average of 100 shows per year.  Aptly named “JOHNNY WINTER: DOWN & DIRTY” by Johnny himself, this documentary explores what it’s like to live and recover from a life of sex, drugs and rock & roll debauchery with only a few regrets… but not without consequences.


Johnny Winter latest album, Step Back, is due out in May of 2014 featuring Eric Clapton Dr John, Joe Perry, Joe Bonamassa, Brian Setzer, Mark Knopfler, Leslie West, and The Blues Brother Horns, produced by Paul Nelson. 


Director Greg Olliver’s first film was the highly acclaimed “LEMMY”, a portrait of Motörhead’s frontman Lemmy Kilmister, which premiered at SXSW in 2010. 


“Turned Towards the Sun”, Greg’s 2nd feature documentary, was nominated for the Grierson/Best Documentary Award at the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival in 2012.  His narrative feature “DEVOURED”, an award-winning psychological thriller set in New York City, is set for release in the U.S. later this year.


“JOHNNY WINTER: DOWN & DIRTY” will have it’s world premiere in the “24 Beats Per Second” category of the South by Southwest Film Festival.  Johnny Winter, his band, and film producers Greg Olliver & Jeremy Mack will be present at the screening along with special guests.

JOHNNY WINTER

DOWN & DIRTY

 
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