Wednesday, 21 October 2009

It's all THEIR fault...No.1 - WINO

Inspired by my last post AND by a need to impress upon as many people as I can exactly HOW massively underrated yet UTTERLY fantastic they are, I'm starting an irregular series of blogs dedicated to people who have helped make me what and who I am today AND will, hopefully, continue to shape and influence me in whatever I do into the future.

Scott 'WINO' Weinrich. One of my favourite guitarists and vocalists...hell....favourite people. Period. Soulful vocalist, ELECTRIFYING guitarist, a great songwriter AND owner of the firmest handshake that I have ever experienced. Whatever the man does is worth taking the time to listen to or look at. He is THE real deal, and a MASSIVE influence on my guitar playing. Not that you can always tell, but trust me, he is.

I've been privileged to see him play with several of the bands he's been a member or leader of, and met the man himself on a few occasions. Musically he has NEVER disappointed me, on record OR live, and as a man he has impressed me with his strength of character, sense of purpose and his singleminded pursuit of his vision. I am, however, saddened by the fact that I never got to see him play live with possibly my favourite of his groups, The Hidden Hand. Their records 'Mother, Teacher, Destroyer' and 'The Resurrection Of Whiskey Foote' are WELL worth tracking down. If you aren't familiar with the man or his music, I kindly suggest you rectify this case IMMEDIATELY. Your ears and soul will thank you for it forever.


  1. I've been a fan since seeing The Obsessed a few times in the mid-80s. His writing style and guitar playing are incredibly distinctive.

    Unlike most guitarists who remind me of other guitarists, his soloing style reminds me a bit of saxophonist Evan Parker; both can sound like more than one person playing at once and I've seen both do so live.

    Likewise, his music is almost never your standard verse/chorus/verse and his riffage is easy to spot.

  2. Wino guested on my bands 2nd full length album called "13". He has been a friend and inspiration for a very long time!