Blues-rock legend Johnny Winter has never been the picture of health.
Then again, when has any bluesman? But nowadays, the 63-year-old Texan
plays while sitting down (he fractured his hip in 2000), and his
fingers move across the frets like he has carpal tunnel or mild
arthritis. Though he did give up the booze, pills, and powders, much
damage has been done, rendering his live performances raw, exposed
affairs. Some people might complain or wince, but Jesus, ain't that
what the blues was always about? I'll take a tattooed, pale, and
rickety picker like Winter over a wading pool like Clapton any day.
With Joe McMurrian Quartet. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave.,
628-3151. 7 p.m. $30 adv./$35.
Thu., Feb. 28, 7 p.m., 2008