Nearly 30 years since his last appearance at Ed Sullivan Theatre, legendary bluesman and Easton resident Johnny Winter (above) will perform on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” according to his manager, Stamford resident Paul Nelson.
The last time Winter performed on Letterman was on May 18, 1983, according to an episode guide. Author Rita Mae Brown and pianist Kirk Nurock were the guests that evening.
The Thursday, Jan. 12 appearance comes in the midst of an international tour, which will take Winter and his band — guitarist Nelson, drummer Vito Liuzzi and bassist Scott Spray — to Romania, Greece, Poland and Germany this spring. The tour includes two stops in Connecticut — on Friday, Jan. 13 at Infinity Hall in Norfolk and on Friday, Jan. 20 at Toad’s Place in New Haven.
Winter is mounting the tour in support of his new studio album, “Roots,” which was released in September via Megaforce Records. The 11-track LP — Winter’s first since kicking a debilitating, career-long drug habit — finds the venerable guitarist paying homage to the iconic blues heroes whose pioneering music influenced his own sound and style.
Check out a live cover of Robert Johnson’ “Dust My Broom,” taken from “Roots,” below: