Donnie Winters Spotlight

"Mexicali Boogie" from his CD Real Country Real Family
TGS Spotlight Player from December 1, 2016

RECOMMENDED BY: John Haring, Executive Producer

I was raised in a music family. My dad Don Winters was a great singer-songwriter, and sang back up and toured with country legend Marty Robbins for many years. Growing up, Marty was like an uncle to my brother Dennis and me. Marty even recorded 10 of our songs. Dennis and I later started up the popular Winters Brothers Band that toured alongside bands such as the Marshall Tucker band and Charlie Daniels playing festivals and arenas around the country. In April of 2000 I took my engineering skills to the famous Sutler in Nashville where I worked as the house soundman. I would often get onstage with my dobro or guitar to join in with some of the music city's best songwriters. When the Sutler closed it was a sad day, but the good news is that I moved down 8th Avenue to Douglas Corner and continued hosting an Open Mic Writers Night where I sit in with some of the acts. I also enjoy playing with Scott Rath, Willi X. Evans and Hillbilly Mardi Gras, and I perform at least once a month at Debi Champion's writers night at the Commodore Grille located in the Holiday Inn/Vanderbilt.

Lately I have been involved with a group in Nashville called Next Generation: Sons & Daughters of Country Legends, which is just as the name implies. We do an annual show during Fan Fair week with numerous sons & daughters. Through this association I've had the pleasure to play with Jett Williams, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Jr., Robyn Young, Melissa Luman, George Hamilton V and many others. Check out our Facebook page and watch some of the videos there. Next Generation: Sons & Daughters of Country Legends!

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