Stevie Ray what can you say about this guy?! When he died in that helicopter crash outside Alpine Valley Wisconsin in August 1990 it was a devastating blow to the word GUITAR. The guy was a complete master of this instrument and for me being a Metal Boy at the time I could total appreciate his playing and singing….
First time I ever heard about Stevie Ray was when our pal named Farmer showed up to John Youngs place(another friend who is M.I.A) with two cassette tapes.(Circa early to mid 1983 )
One was Anvils “Metal On Metal” the second was Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “Texas Flood”.
Anvil I knew about as they were getting some press and they were the heaviest band that I had heard coming from Canada.
Stevie Ray on the other was a different story! When I slapped those Orange Foamed Walkman Headphones on my head I could nor believe what I was hearing. This guy Stevie Ray was playing some real fused up Blues in power trio format and Texas Flood sounds like it was recorded in one take. Tommy Shannon on Bass and Drummer Chris ‘Whipper” Layton just laid down a whole new vibe that I had never heard as SRV was an artist you would not read in Circus/Hit Parader or Rock Scene.(My current reading at the time) So I had to buy a couple of Guitar Magazines to read about the Buzz SRV was creating …..
SRV Blue’s Bug bit me big time and after that day. I the young Ding A Ling Metal Head became a Lifer of SRV! I bought all his stuff and of course like I mentioned earlier when that Helicopter went down in August of 1990 and SRV and some of Eric Clapton’s Entourage Perished it was a Great loss to Music in general. For myself think this was the biggest shock a roo and the World lost an amazing talent!
But SRV’s Music lives on and what better way than to talk about it with this Live show recorded in Toronto at the infamous El Mocambo Bar as MuchMusic filmed this and straight to my VHS it went that day when MuchMusic previewed it and I remember me and my younger brother Todd watching it and basically it was Stevie Showing everyone how it was to be done on the 6 string! This is an amazing recording ….Just watch the clip below..
Love Struck Baby is the tune I posted and in 2 Minutes 51 Seconds Stevie lays down the law with his fantastic guitar playing I mean during the solo SRV oozes cool as he casually takes off his hat places it over the mic and lifts the guitar over his head and takes the over in solo-ville and just lift’s off. When the solo’s finished the guitar flips back over and Stevie grabs his hat and Bam back on his head and plays the tune out!
PURE BRILLIANCE!! A true showman in every word but had the talent to back it up. Give it up for Tommy and Chris known as Double Trouble who keep the Blue’s Boat afloat and let their Boss do the talking with the 6 string!
The Set list….
“Testify” (Isley Brothers)
“Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” (Jimi Hendrix)
“Pride and Joy”
“Tell Me” (Howlin’ Wolf)
“Mary Had a Little Lamb” (Buddy Guy)
“Texas Flood” (Larry Davis, Joseph Wade Scott)
“Love Struck Baby”
“Hug You, Squeeze You” (John Lee Hooker)
“Third Stone from the Sun” (Jimi Hendrix)
“Wham” (Lonnie Mack)
Also of note from this show is SRV’s spin on Hendrix’s Voodoo Child. Wowzer’s is the first thing that come’s to my mind as it’s an audio assault and how the roof didn’t cave in that night Toronto I’ll never know…watch and see for yourself… (Of note you gotta love Shannons Bass Cabinets in the video. Talk about Old School but they look cool)
Hell, I could post this whole show it’s that good! Stevie was and still is a Genius! 27 years have almost passed since Stevie Ray’s death and he is one of the Best..EVER!