George Winston To Release New Album "Restless Wind"

Article Contributed by JP Cutler Media | Published on Thursday, March 21, 2019

Celebrated pianist George Winston will release his 15th solo piano album, Restless Wind, via Dancing Cat Records/RCA Records on May 3, 2019. The album is available for pre-order today -- click here to pre-order now. Fans who pre-order Restless Wind will receive a brand new album track "Autumn Wind (Pixie #11)," released today. The track is influenced by New Orleans pianist James Booker, who has long-served as a musical muse for Winston. Click Here to buy/stream "Autumn Wind (Pixie #11)."

By virtue of his brilliance as one of the foremost instrumental composers of our time, Restless Wind presents a stunning journey documenting George Winston's sociological observations in American history. Winston repurposes for the modern listener stunningly relevant works by musical greats such as Sam Cooke, The Doors, Stephen Stills, George & Ira Gershwin, Country Joe McDonald, and others. Restless Wind captures Winston's inimitable melodic language where piano textures and tones set the stage for vivid renderings of classic compositions.

Winston says, "Ultimately, the main reason these 11 songs were chosen was how as instrumental pieces they worked well with each other in this sequence, the same way I have worked for all the albums I've recorded."

George Winston is undeniably a household name. He's inspired fans and musicians alike with his singular solo acoustic piano songs for more than 40 years while selling 15 million albums. A tireless road warrior playing nearly 100 concerts annually, live performance for Winston is akin to breathing. Winston's music is evocative, offering us all a chance to take a step back from our perpetually busy lives and let our minds adventurously wander. Restless Wind is a portrayal of Winston's place in a chaotic world -- his compositions extend solace with an idiosyncratic grace.

Reflective of Winston's catalogue of famed albums, Restless Wind is the next chapter for the pianist's ambitious recordings. Winston's latest song collection exhibits his masterful artistry of adapting ensemble arrangements to solo piano with magnificent results. Winston features 10 renditions of culturally potent compositions while opening the album with a new original song available starting today (March 21) for download and streaming, "Autumn Wind (Pixie #11)."

To download comprehensive Track-By-Track Descriptions for the 11 compositions included on Restless Wind, please click here.

George Winston's classic albums, Autumn and December, are perennial favorites, along with Winter into Spring, Summer, 2017's Spring Carousel -- A Cancer Research Benefit, as well as two volumes of the compositions of Vince Guaraldi, two volumes of benefit albums for the Gulf Coast disasters, and six other solo piano albums.

Commencing on March 21, George Winston embarks on a U.S. tour to celebrate the release of Restless Wind throughout the East Coast, West Coast, and Midwest. Tickets go on-sale to the general public today (March 21) at 11am EST on



Find below the track listing and upcoming tour dates.

Restless Wind Track Listing:

1. Autumn Wind (Pixie #11) by George Winston
2. Judge, Judge by George Brooks, 1927
3. A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke, 1963
4. Summertime by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, and Dubose Edwin Heyward, 1935
5. Canción Mixteca (Immigrant's Lament) by José López Alavez, 1915
6. The Good Earth by Jimmy Wisner, 1962
7. For What It's Worth by Stephen Stills, 1967
8. Medley: Muskrat Ramble/ I Feel Like I’m Fixin' To Die Rag/ Stop The Bleeding by Edwin (Kid) Ory, 1921/ Country Joe McDonald, 1965/ George Winston
9. The Times Of Harvey Milk by Mark Isham, 1984
10. The Unknown Soldier by the Doors, 1968
11. The Wayward Wind by Stanley Lebowsky & Herb Newman, 1956

George Winston -- U.S. Tour Dates 2019

Thurs, March 21 | Shalin Liu Performance Center | Rockport, MA
Tues, March 26 | Firehouse Center for the Arts | Newburyport, MA
Thurs, March 28 | The Cultural Center of Cape Cod | South Yarmouth, ME SOLD OUT
Sat, March 30 | Chocolate Church Art Center | Bath, ME
Mon, April 1 & Tues, April 2 | The Cultural Center of Cape Cod | South Yarmouth, MA
Fri, April 5 | Carnegie Library Music Hall | Munhall, PA
Tue, April 9 | Westby Area Performing Arts Center | Westby, WI
Fri, April 12 | Central Lakes College: Chalberg Theatre | Brainerd, MN
Sun, April 14 | Washington Pavilion | Sioux Falls, SD
Tue, April 16 | Performing Arts Center of Rapid City | Rapid City, SD
Fri, April 19 | Merryman Performing Arts Center | Keaney, NE
Wed April 24 | Boulder Theater | Boulder, CO
Fri April 26 | Swallow Hill Music at Daniels Hall | Denver, CO
Tues, April 30 | Adams State University | Alamosa, CA (workshop) JUST ANNOUNCED
Wed, May 1 | Adams State University | Alamosa, CA (concert) JUST ANNOUNCED
Wed, May 8 | Moab Chamber of Commerce | Moab, UT JUST ANNOUNCED
Sat, May 11 | Sevier Valley Center | Richfield, UT JUST ANNOUNCED
Thurs, June 6 & Fri, June 7 | Montalvo Arts Center | Saratoga, CA (June 7: SOLD OUT)
Wed, July 17 | Franklin Theatre | Franklin, TN JUST ANNOUNCED
Sat, August 10 | Dance Palace Community & Cultural Center | Point Reyes, CA JUST ANNOUNCED
Fri, September 6 | Newport Performing Arts Center | Newport, OR JUST ANNOUNCED
Wed, September 11 | Aladdin Theater | Portland, OR JUST ANNOUNCED
Fri, September 13 & Sat, September 14 | Majestic Theatre | Corvallis, OR JUST ANNOUNCED
Fri, September 20 | Gesa Power House Theatre | Walla Walla, WA JUST ANNOUNCED
Sunday, September 22 | McIntyre Hall PACC | Mount Vernon, WA JUST ANNOUNCED
Fri, September 27 & Sat, September 28 | Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall | Seattle, WA JUST ANNOUNCED
Fri, November 8 | Jonathan's | Ogunquit, ME JUST ANNOUNCED
Sun, November 10 | Greenwich Odeum | East Greenwich, RI JUST ANNOUNCED
Sat, November 16 | Lynn Auditorium | Lynn, MA JUST ANNOUNCED
Tue, December 3 & Wed, December 4 | The Sheen Center | New York, NY JUST ANNOUNCED
Fri, December 6 | Landmark on Main | Port Washington, NY JUST ANNOUNCED
Wed, December 18 | The Playhouse, Overture Center | Madison, WI JUST ANNOUNCED
Wed, December 20 | South Milwaukee PAC | Milwaukee, WI JUST ANNOUNCED
Sun, December 22 | Orchestra Hall | Minneapolis, MN JUST ANNOUNCED