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George Winston (born 1949) is an American pianist who was born in Michigan, and
grew up in Miles City, Montana, United States. Many of his pieces, self-described as "Rural Folk
Piano", evoke the essence of a season and reflect natural landscapes. In fact, many of his most
successful albums are named after the seasons.
George Winston is often heralded as one of the greatest atmospheric piano composers of non-classical music. He is considered to perform in the new age genre, a label that somewhat limits his potential audience. He also is known for his tribute album to the comic strip "Peanuts". Order your George Winston Tickets online today!
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George Winston was first recorded by John Fahey for Fahey's Takoma Records. The album Ballads and Blues disappeared without much notice. However, in 1979, William Ackerman talked with George Winston about having him record for Ackerman's new record label - Windham Hill Records. At first George Winston played some slack-key guitar pieces he liked and then he played some of his nighttime music on the piano. Ackerman fell in love with the nighttime music and that became the basis for the best-selling record Autumn, which Ackerman produced. George Winston has described the music on Autumn as "Christmas carols for Halloween". Autumn was well-reviewed in Rolling Stone magazine in 1980 and it suddenly became the best-selling record in the Windham Hill catalog, a position it held for many years. All his subsequent records have sold very well, December and Winter into Spring both went platinum (million-plus sales in the United States). George Winston's 1994 album, Forest, won a 1996 Grammy Award for "Best New Age Album".
George Winston's 2002 album, Night Divides the Day - The Music of the Doors, takes the music of legendary 1960s band The Doors and turns it into solo piano. He tries to adapt the music to a more peaceful medium, without losing any of its creative ingenuity. The album has been a great hit with George Winston fans and Doors fans alike. The title of the album is a lyric from "Break On Through", the first track of the Doors' self-titled first album. George Winston wrote in his liner notes that when he listened to the song for the first time as a teen, "... to me it was the greatest piece of music I had ever heard ... I had never heard anything like this".
Outside of his piano compositions and performances, George Winston is an accomplished blues harmonica and slack-key guitar player. While he mainly plays these instruments in concert only, and not on recordings, both his harmonica and guitar playing can be heard on his album Remembrance: A Memorial Benefit, which was released shortly after the September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon in the United States. He produces recordings of Hawaiian slack-key guitarists for his own record label, Dancing Cat Records.