New Johnny Winter Documentary, ‘Down & Dirty,’ Out Now: Watch the Trailer

“Guitar is the only thing I was ever really great at,” Johnny Winter says in a new feature-length documentary about the Texas bluesman’s life and music, Down & Dirty, available now on home video.

Director Greg Olliver, also responsible for a documentary about Motörhead’s Lemmy, spent two years with Winter, just before the blues-rock guitarist died in 2014.


Down & Dirty captures the 68-year-old Winter’s life on the road and the recording of his Grammy-winning album Step Back. Warren Haynes, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Derek Trucks, and many other guitarists also appear in the film.

Below, watch a rare clip of Winter playing a National on a French TV show in 1970.

—Whitney Phaneuf

Whitney Phaneuf
Whitney Phaneuf