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George Winston

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, Rovi
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I'v loved George's music ever since I heard it many years ago. Until now, I have known nothing of his history. I hope he produces more recordings. Stan
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I haves loved this music since I was a little princess,my queen turned me onto it ,thank u
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Very good music
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When I first heard George Winston's music, I knew I was home with an old friend.
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kidac99
Say iPhone five times
Pick a color
Post this on five other songs
Look under your pillow
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Touches my soul, George your music defines the essence of the word Tranquility
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Always enjoyed his music
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Love your music have listened to it since I was little my dad use to play it all the time reminds me of my dad every time I hear it lost him last year
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Morning meditation ....
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Ahhhhhhhhhh
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acollins362
You are awesome I love your music
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marquez5611
Lost two daughters 20 years ago. This was the music we would listen too.
Still my connection to their souls.
Thank you G.W.
FM.
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Pandora, this is the track list for Autumn (also by GW) not Summer
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kirkmyers02
Excellent music to write by.Soothing.
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It's my very favorite music, so peaceful and beautiful. Love your beautiful talent. Look forward to more music
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The prettiest music is piano, esp played by George Winston!
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God bless u, George Winston!!!!! U are a TRUE HERO, both for ur BEAUTIFUL music, & ur love & support for our precious Earth & its dear creatures!!! ! ! ! Thank u for standing strong against the evil forces & their Godless paid-off politicians. Because of good folks like u, I have hope.
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kcclark665
Wow your music is Zzzzzzzzzzzz z z z z z x x x x x x x z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z uhhhhh I sleep all day
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eliz.reed
I love George Winstons music. It is so melodic. The perfect blend of calm, exciting, and Real. Yes Real !
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danalouhinso n
LOVE YOU!
I HAVE ONE OF YOUR CDS AND IT IS AWESOME!
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Living in the country is always on my "New Age" playlists.
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George Winston saved my life.
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Beautiful music. Truly the way feelings sound.
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Living in the country is A great song by George Winston
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Goodnight Irene by George Winston great music
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This music is So So Beautifull
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Thanksgiving a beautiful song by George Winston God Speed
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Jesus Jesus Rest You . Great
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Play it George
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Sweet Soul by George Winston is a great song
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George Winston Playes So So Beautifull God Bless .
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George has this special ability to communicate the spiritual essence of the piano especially on the album Forest. He is an amazing artist.
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I've been George Winston fan since the '80 so glad he's back
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jeaninefgofo r t h 8
I've been so lucky to have known his music since the 90's when I was fortunate to see him in Gainesville, GA - barefooted in a tailored suit! His December album has been the calming effect of my sleepless nights... I wish he knew how much he is loved by this southern girl.
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It is interesting that there is no mention, here, about George's Slack Key guitar playing and his support for Hawaiian music (Slack Key in particular) with playing with, producing, and releasing many artists on his Dancing Cat record label.
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dereknolen
Good music ����.
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Jjhoj
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Isn't that a wedding song?are u pladgerizing ?
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psully963
HIs music has been inspirationa l in my life for 30 years. Love it!
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So cool
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The Book Two Sacred Hearts
Side by Side
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When I was in the navy I bought his cassettes it gave peace when I was out to sea for months.
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landofmia220 3
AMAZINGLY TALENTED. I'M ASTOUNDED OF HIS AMAZING MUSIC!!!!!!!
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St.Francis / St. Clare
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vaeris77
Nice Garth Brooks instrumental cover.
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gramz6.4.1
Beautiful lovelovelove
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his piano music is very emotionally stimulating. . . s a w him at Chautauqua in Boulder in 1985..and what I remember most was that he played the piano barefoot.... . L o v e his Montana, A love song album.
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Saw George Winston in concert at the Egyptian Theater DeKalb, Illinois in 1995. Took my oldest son, aspiring musician. Been a fan ever since!
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MASTERPIECE
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This song is beautiful. I love it.i wish everyone could listen to this song
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