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George Winston

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Self-described "rural folk piano" player George Winston was among the earliest and most successful proponents of the genre of contemporary instrumental music later dubbed new age. Although born in Michigan in 1949, he was raised primarily in Montana, the extreme seasonal changes he experienced there later greatly influencing the pastoral feel of his music. Even as a child, Winston preferred instrumental music over vocal performances, counting among his early heroes Booker T. & the MG's, Floyd Cramer, and the Ventures; he did not take up music until after high school, however, beginning with organ and electric piano but moving to acoustic piano by 1971. Influenced by the stride piano of Fats Waller and Teddy Wilson, Winston turned from rock and R&B to jazz, and soon released his first solo piano effort, Ballads and Blues 1972, after which he mysteriously retired from music for the next several years. Discovering the music of the legendary New Orleans R&B pianist Professor Longhair in 1979 was the epiphany Winston was seeking to inspire a return to performing; signing to the Windham Hill label, between 1980 and 1982 he recorded a trilogy of albums -- Autumn, December, and Winter Into Spring -- of impressionistic, seasonally themed piano musings which laid much of the groundwork for the new age boom to follow. Winston's music continued to grow in popularity and influence in the years to follow, but in typically enigmatic fashion, he virtually dropped from sight for the remainder of the '80s, resurfacing only in 1986 to score a reading of The Velveteen Rabbit by actress Meryl Streep. Finally, in 1991, Winston returned to action, completing his seasonal cycle with Summer; Forest followed three years later. In 1996, he paid tribute to another of his greatest influences with Linus & Lucy: The Music of Vince Guaraldi. A compilation album, All the Seasons of George Winston, was released in the spring of 1998, followed a year later by Plains. The new millennium brought anniversary editions of several of his landmark albums, including Autumn, December, and Winter Into Spring, as well as the 2001 album Remembrance: A Memorial Benefit, which was Winston's response to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. His 2002 release, Night Divides the Day, focused on the music of one of his earliest influences, the Doors. Montana: A Love Story from 2004 was inspired by Winston's childhood in Montana. An impressive solo piano outing, Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions, released as a benefit set for hurricane relief, appeared from RCA in 2006. Winston continued to perform solo, but didn't cut another record until Love Will Come: The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2 appeared in 2010. Winston toured in support of the album, playing solo piano concerts as well as performing on slack key guitar and harmonica. In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon's explosion and its resultant, massive oil spill and environmental disaster in 2010, Winston monitored the situation closely and became deeply concerned about the loss of the wetlands in Southern Louisiana. In response, he issued another benefit recording, entitled Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions, Vol. 2: A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit, in March 2012 in order to help with funding bluesman Tab Benoit's The Voice of the Wetlands organization and other environmental concerns resulting from the crisis. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Albums by
George Winston

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    20 songs

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    Harmonica Solos

    11 songs

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    Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions, Vol. 2: A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit

    16 songs

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    Love Will Come: The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2

    10 songs

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    Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions: A Hurricane Relief Benefit

    13 songs

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    Night Divides the Day: The Music of the Doors

    16 songs

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    Plains [16 Track Version]

    16 songs

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    Linus & Lucy: The Music of Vince Guaraldi

    26 songs

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    Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

    16 songs

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    Forest

    10 songs

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    Ballads and Blues 1972

    15 songs

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    Ballads and Blues 1972 [Bonus Tracks]

    15 songs

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    Summer

    16 songs

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    The Velveteen Rabbit

    12 songs

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    December

    6 songs

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    Remembrance: A Memorial Benefit

    8 songs

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    Autumn [20th Anniversary Edition]

    9 songs

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    Winter into Spring

    2 songs

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    Swinging Honeymoon

    1 song

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    Silent Night – A Benefit Single for Feeding America

    1 song

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    Christmas Time Is Here

    2 songs

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    George Winston

    17 songs

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    Montana: A Love Story

    18 songs

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    Montana: A Love Story [Bonus Track]

    9 songs

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    Winter into Spring [20th Anniversary Edition]

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Top Songs by
George Winston

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  2.   Carol of the Bells
  3.   Japanese Music Box (Itsuki No Komoriuta)
  4.   Cloudy This Morning
  5.   February Sea
  6.   January Stars
  7.   Reflection
  8.   Sea
  9.   Road
  10.   Longing/Love
  11.   Night Sky
  12.   Macedonia/Little David
  13.   Stars
  14.   The Venice Dreamer, Pt. 2
  15.   Walking in the Air
  16.   Troubadour
  17.   Early Morning Range
  18.   You Send Me
  19.   Room at the Bottom
  20.   Remembrance
  21.   Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
  22.   Joy
  23.   Blossom/Meadow
  24.   Cast Your Fate to the Wind
  25.   Peace
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Stations & Shows Featuring
George Winston

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    Ambient Dreams

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    Meditation Mix

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    Soothing Lullabies

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    Spa


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