Steve Winwood ©KLRU photo by Scott Newton

Steve Winwood

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For almost 30 years Austin City Limits has been bringing the nation the best music of all genres. During that same time Steve Winwood has been creating some of the most memorable rock ‘n’ roll as a solo artist and as part of such well known bands as the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith. Austin City Limits kicks-off its 29th season with an electric performance by rock legend Steve Winwood.

“I’m thrilled to kick it off with one of my favorites, rock legend Steve Winwood,” said producer Terry Lickona. “It’s hard enough to just survive in this business, but Winwood enriches his legacy by continuing to innovate and explore new musical directions.”

Grammy-winning musician Steve Winwood began playing music professionally in the late-’60s, at the age of 16, as part of the Spencer Davis Group. In 1967 he founded Traffic with Dave Mason, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood and in 1969 joined rock’s first “super-group,” Blind Faith, with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Rick Grech. During the late-’70s, Winwood branched off to start a hugely successful solo career that has lasted through today. Over these four decades of playing music, Winwood’s unique blend of world music, blues and English folk has garnered him the reputation as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s classics and most respected innovators.

“My music’s changed over the years,” Winwood said. “Well I think everyone’s does. It does change, but I think all the time there’s a common thread.”

His current release, About Time, puts the trappings of modern recording technology aside to focus on the music. Winwood’s skills as a musician have inspired many a jam band to embark on their own musical journey and fans of bands like Phish and String Cheese Incident have begun to recognize his contributions and are flocking to his shows. The jam band crowd was out in full force for the Austin City Limits taping — grooving to the music next to another generation of fans who are most familiar with Winwood’s ’70s work.

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