- 16 Fri Nov 2012
Four-time Grammy-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Steve Winwood performs for one night only at The Greek Theatre, with special guest The Wood Brothers.
From blue-eyed soul to progressive rock, Steve Winwood has cultivated a rich solo career and numerous chart-topping hits. Arc of a Diver (1980) featured the hit "While You See a Chance", and subsequent solo albums Talking Back to the Night (1982), Back in the High Life (1986), and Roll With It (1988) produced era-defining songs including "Valerie," "Higher Love," "Back in the High Life," and "Roll With It."
Winwood was just a teenager when he rocketed into the international spotlight as the prodigious singer of the Spencer Davis Group (which also featured his brother Muff on bass). The blues and R&B-influenced rock of "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "I'm a Man" stood among the leading hits at the peak of the British Invasion, Winwood's singing drawing comparisons to that of his idol Ray Charles - despite his tender age. Looking for a wider artistic palette, in 1967 he headed to the countryside with friends Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason, forging the collective spirit into Traffic, producing some of the most inventive and durable works of the psychedelic-tinged late-"60s. A scaled-back line-up brought the Traffic era to a close with 1974's When the Eagle Flies and in 1977 Winwood launched a solo career with his self-titled album. Since then, he has collaborated with and accompanied musicians from around the globe, including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix (Electric Ladyland), Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, James Brown, Muddy Waters, Toots & the Maytals, Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, salsa greats Tito Puente and the Fania All Stars, Japanese innovator Stomu Yamashta and African percussionist Remi Kabaka, just to name a handful of dozens. He also continues touring across the world.