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Johnny Winter plans to keep staying true to his "Roots"

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Johnny Winter enjoyed making his latest album, 2011's "Roots," so much that he'd like to do it again.

"I was very happy with the way it turned out," says the 68-year-old blues and rock guitar hero, "so there's a good chance we'll do a 'Roots 2.' I've got so many of the old songs I'd like to do and plenty of guests I'd like to have, so we'll probably do it again."

"Roots' " guest list included Winter's younger brother Edgar along with Derek Trucks, Blues Traveler's John Popper, Vince Gill and Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule, among others. Winter's list for the next volume includes ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Dr. John, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and B.B. King.

"I don't now if i can get 'em all, but those are the people I'd like to have," Winter says.

Meanwhile, the Woodstock veteran is quietly celebrating a busy year that included not only "Roots" but also guest appearances on albums by William Shatner and Sly Stone. And later this year he'll be part of the Rock N Blues Fest with Edgar Winter and longtime cohort Rick Derringer.

"I always like to play with those guys; I'll probably have them sit in with me 'cause I don't really know a lot of Edgar's material or Rick's stuff, but they love all my stuff," Winter says. "I just like to play, y'know? I get tired of traveling, but I don't get tired of playing. I don't think I'll ever stop playing."

Johnny Winter performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Tickets are $45. Call 248.858.9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com. Winter will also be part of the Rock N Blues Fest with Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Leslie West Kim Simmonds at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $10-$36.50 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.atcallahans.com

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