INTERVIEW: George Winston

Pic by Todd V Wolfson

Hi George, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? 

========= Great and glad to be touring.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Medley: Muskrat Ramble/ I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die Rag / Stop The Bleeding”?

=========  “Fixin’ To Die Rag” by Joe McDonald was inspired by “Muskrat Ramble by Kid Ory”, and l’ve always played the two together, and I play the last piece with it that seemed to fit well after those two songs.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

======== Basically I’ve just been playing these songs together for a long time, and the last piece was something I had that fit on the end to extend the song.

What made you want to put together a complex medley instead of, say, releasing a single song?

======= It’s just how I have always done them. Some songs just fit together well as medleys and seems better than playing just one of the songs alone, and in this case I wanted it all extended actually I don’t do many medleys).

Would you say this complex approach kind of gives a sneak peek into the overall approach for the whole forthcoming material?

======== Not so much, as all the other pieces on the album are single songs alone.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

======= No, I’m not a video person at all, I prefer to let the listener have their own impressions.

As previously mentioned, the single comes off your new album Restless Wind – what’s the story behind the title? 

======== I’ve loved the song “The Wayward Wind” since I heard it on a car radio in 1956 sung by Gogi Grant, and it is sometimes referred to as “The Restless Wind”, and I picked the album title since that songs ends the album.

How was the recording and writing process?

======== The recording went pretty quickly, and the two pieces I came up with I came up just happened by themselves, and they fit in this album.

After more than 40 years in the scene – would you call this material a departure or rather a back to roots? 

======== I have always played uptempo pieces and ballads, so it is just a normal continuation.

What aspect of the American History did you get to explore on this record?

======= Basically the 20th century, and I am basically a 20th century player (very little from the 19th century and nothing from the 21st. But actually I put the album together for the way these songs as instrumentals fit together in this order.

What else is happening next in George Winston’s world?

========= Continuing touring and recording and working with the other artists I have been producing.

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