Today, an all Guitarists Birthday Celebration Edition (props for those not named Eric or Carlos...)

Johnny Winter "Second Winter" LP cover, Oct. 1969. (Courtesy of Columbia Records)

2/23/1944 - Born on this day, the great Johnny Winter, one of the coolest, fiercest rock-and-blues guitarists of all time -- His covers of Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones (to name but a few) are the stuff that true legends are made of -- Though the cause of Johnny's death was never officially released, years and years of a real hard rockin' lifestyle finally caught up with him on July 14, 2014, just two days after performing at The Cahors Blues Festival in France; he was 70 years old. Supremely talented...

2/23/1946 - Happy Birthday to one of the founding members of the highly influential country-rock band Poco, pedal steel guitarist-singer-songwriter Rusty Young, 72 years old today -- Just to get it on the record: Poco were the definitive link in the country-rock chain that bridged Buffalo Springfield and The Eagles long before The Eagles ever got around to becoming The Eagles!!! Any of one of Poco's late '60's/early '70's albums on the Epic record label offer all the proof you need to hear. Profoundly underrated stuff...

2/23/1952 - Happy Birthday to underrated Aerosmith guitar ace Brad Whitford, 66 years old today -- Joe Perry gets the hero-spotlight, but as equally important is the rhythm-riffage that Brad provides on many an Aerosmith classic -- While he does get co-writing credits for "Kings And Queens", "Last Child" and "Round And Round" (quite awesomely in their Top Ten best tracks!), we really dig what Brad brings to the bands sound live onstage: "Bootleg!" is the classic fan fave, but more impressive is what Brad does on "Rockin' The Joint: Aerosmith Live At The Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas" (2005), one of the most overlooked excellent live rock albums of the last 20 years; re-check for some serious precision work, it's better-than-good...

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