An American guitar giant has departed: John Dawson Winter III has died at 70. American Blues Scene shares a message from the blues legend’s PR company:

Johnny Winter has passed away on July 16th, 2014, in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland. His Wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of one of the world’s finest guitarists.

Jenda Derringer, wife of longtime Winter associate Rick Derringer, added the following on her Facebook feed, via Blabbermouth:

(Johnny) was not in good health and was very frail and weak.

Read the entire ABS article right here.

And listen to Johnny Winter play the blues today.

Super classic footage of Johnny Winter And featuring Rick Derringer from ’70. It’s difficult to determind from this footage precisely what the hell Derringer is wearing (bell bottoms? velour dress?), but dig that Epiphone Coronet Wilshire Johnny is playing.

The 34th Dallas International Guitar Festival will take place April 15-17. Their site describes the history of the Texas event:

From its humble beginnings in a small meeting room of a Dallas hotel in 1978, to 140,000 square feet of display space at Dallas Market Hall today, the Dallas International Guitar Festival celebrates 34 years of bringing guitar dealers, manufacturers, collectors, celebrities and music enthusiasts together.

Featured performers will include Redd Volkaert, Reeves Gabrels, Rick Derringer and Paul Reed Smith himself.

Get more information at the official site.

Right here.

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