George Winston returns to Breckenridge … again |

George Winston returns to Breckenridge … again

JENNIFER HARPERsummit daily news
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BRECKENRIDGE When Jim Morrison sang, Break on through to the other side … in 1967, pianist George Winston was listening.I heard (that song), and it just blew me away, Winston said.He said he got the first Doors album in 1967, because he liked bands that had organs. He hadnt heard of the Doors at the time.I put the album on, and it just changed everything, he said. I loved everything about it. It was complete.Winston had never been a big fan of a vocal group before. He said he liked Morrisons group for the whole package the vocals, guitar, organ, drums. The Doors influence on Winston poured out into his 2002 release Night Divides the Day The Music of The Doors, which featured 13 solo piano versions of some of the bands well-known songs like People are Strange, Riders on the Storm and Light My Fire.

The Doors fan and renowned melodic folk pianist will be returning to the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge at 8 p.m. Sunday after the overwhelming ticket sales to his Breckenridge show on July 10.Winston has been playing for 38 years but said he continues to learn about music. He said he learns from recordings and live concerts. Hes been studying New Orleans R&B/jazz pianist Henry Butler for over 19 years.Everything else is sort of serendipity. I just let it come to me, he said. Ill hear something and say, I want to learn that song.He has released 10 solo albums, including his most recent Montana A Love Story, inspired by his childhood years spent in Montana.If he wasnt playing for audiences for a living though, he said, I would look for planets outside of the solar system.Jennifer Harper can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at

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