Taylor Hawkins Joins Edgar Winter to Cover “Guess I’ll Go Away” in First Posthumous Release: Stream

The song appears on Brother Johnny, Edgar Winter's tribute to his late sibling Johnny Winter

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Edgar Winter and Taylor Hawkins, photo via Edgar Winter

    Rock titan Taylor Hawkins tragically passed away last month, and his first posthumous release is a cover of Johnny Winter’s “Guess I’ll Go Away.” He recorded the song shortly before his death for Edgar Winter’s new tribute album to his late sibling, Brother Johnny.

    Hawkins sings lead vocals on the track from the 1970 album Johnny Winter And, with Doug Rappoport on guitar and Edgar playing the organ. Hawkins puts a sinful vocal fry on the opening, “Hey!” and approaches the melody with a mix of hair metal glam and hard rock grind.

    “We wanted a younger, more energetic, modern approach to the vocal,” Edgar wrote on his website. “Our engineer, mixer, and producer (Ross Hogarth) had worked extensively with Taylor and they were very close friends. When Ross suggested Taylor (being such a huge Foo Fighters fan) I said WOW — how perfect. And I know Doug [Rappoport] will be absolutely thrilled.”


    He added, “I had only just met Taylor, and barely got to know him, but I was so impressed by his sincerity, positive energy, and pure enthusiasm. He had a unique spontaneous style different from anyone I’ve ever worked with before. I can be very opinionated — but as soon as heard what he was doing, I knew it was best to step back, stay out of the way, and let him do his thing. That session was an experience I will never forget.

    “When I tried to open a business discussion, he simply would not hear of it. He said — I don’t want ANYTHING for doing this, I just want’a get out there and Rock. And Rock HE DID! I don’t know if it was out of respect for Johnny, a desire to help me in what I was doing, compassion for the nature of the project, or his friendship with Ross. Most probably all these things — but whatever it was, he gave it His ALL!”

    In conclusion, he reflected on his brother’s death in 2014 and Hawkins’ untimely passing. “The name of the song is ‘Guess I’ll Go Away.’ Now, both Johnny and Taylor have gone away [where] no one can know, but which we all one day must travel. Although I know Johnny has departed this world, I still think of and speak to him every day, and will now see Taylor’s face alongside his. Wherever that way may lead, I wish them Peace and Love on the journey, knowing I will join them soon — as we all will someday.” Check out Hawkins’ and Edgar Winter’s cover of “Guess I’ll Go Away” below.

    Brother Johnny is out today digitally and on CD, and also boasts contributions from Ringo Starr, Michael McDonald, Joe Walsh, Joe Bonamassa, and more. A vinyl release is set for mid-June. Edgar Winter will be accompanying Starr on his upcoming North American tour, and tickets are available here.


    Meanwhile, the rock world continues to grapple with Hawkins’ death. His band Foo Fighters have canceled all tour dates, and tributes have come pouring in from artists including Liam Gallagher, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus, Perry Farrell, Paul McCartney, Scott Ian, and Travis Barker.

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