Thursday, June 17, 2010

Steve Winwood: English Soul

From the BBC Press Office:

Steve Winwood: English Soul

No one sounds quite like Steve Winwood, not even his mentor, Ray Charles.

A major star since the mid-Sixties, Winwood progressed from fronting the Spencer Davis Group, to being the voice of Traffic and Blind Faith, to finally archiving global solo stardom in the Eighties and Nineties.

A musician's musician, Winwood is a bandleader and instrumentalist first and a star second – he led Britain's first true jam band, Traffic, away from the pop charts and into the rock stadiums of America.

Directed by Paul Bernays, Steve Winwood – English Soul enjoys exclusive access to the star in his studio in rural Gloucestershire and features extensive interviews and new performances. It also includes brilliant period archive footage from Winwood's career and a contributing cast of collaborators and musical fans.

From his early days through to his recent tour with his old friend Eric Clapton, the programme highlights key moments in Winwood's career, showing it to be a true exemplar of how the first great generation of British rock 'n' rollers evolved.

The programme includes contributions from Eric Clapton, Will Jennings, Muff Winwood, Dave Mason, Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Mickey Hart, Paul Rodgers, Paul Weller, producer/engineer Ed Kramer and many more.

According to Talk Talk, you an see this BBC4 programme on:
  • Friday 18 June at 9.00 p.m.
  • Saturday 19 June at 00.30 a.m.
  • Sunday 20 June at 11.00 p.m.
That's my weekend taken care of.

Winwood was also the guest on the Simon Mayo Show on Wednesday - go to about one hour in.


Anonymous said...

Ooh, I think I'm going to enjoy this. But where's Steve's connection to the Grateful Dead, I wonder?

Jonathan Calder said...

I refer the Hon. Gentleman to this.

Les said...

Is there any way we Yanks can watch this program? If you know how, please contact me at Many thanks.