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A Winter's blues in the night

Music legend puts the 'South' in Southbridge

Blues legend Johnny Winter made a return visit to Mill Street Brews Saturday, playing the blues-rock hybrid of which he helped to originate. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
February 14, 2010
Riffing on the blues

SOUTHBRIDGE —†There is something prestigious about sitting on stage, especially among the royalty of blues musicians.

There will always be people who want to see wild-man, rock and roll stage antics, but those performers who are of the proper ilk allow the music to stand on its own.

Riley "B.B." King, arguably the most identifiable voice and face in blues — armed with his darling Gibson Lucille — has performed from a seat on stage for decades.

While some will attribute the chair beneath a hardened bluesman as a product of age, or the toll a hard lifestyle undoubtedly takes on one's body, there is more to it.

While seated; while comfortable; while not occupying oneself with the need to visually stimulate an audience in lieu of truly moving them with sound, a musician can make something amazing.

From a chair in the center of the stage at Mill Street Brews on Mill Street in Southbridge, blues soldier Johnny Winter made something amazing.

On Saturday, Feb. 13, Winter played to a capacity crowd that spanned generations — parents and grandparents with young children in tow to town councilors and local business execs.

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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