Nearly 23 years ago — on August 27, 1990 — blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash after a show at East Troy, Wisconsin’s Alpine Valley Music Theater. Vaughan won millions of fans and almost singled-handedly put blues back on the commercial map during his seven years as a major-label recording artist, even while transcending many of the genre’s customary limitations.
He also captivated the imagination and earned the respect of a list of ruling six-string virtuosos that includes Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Larry Coryell, Keith Richards and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett. The latter unabashedly refers to Vaughan as one of his all-time favorite players. Veteran blues artists Etta James, B.B. King and Buddy Guy directly attributed the mid-’80s revival of their previously ebbing careers to Stevie Ray. And today, new generations of guitar heroes — from established hit-makers like John Mayer to newcomers like Nashville’s Bart Walker — all follow in his stylistic path and openly celebrate his influence.
What made and still makes Vaughan and his music resonate with so many, players and laymen alike? The nut answer is this: typically great guitarists either pivot toward the intellectual/technical or the visceral/gut-level. Vaughan was among the rare masters who’ve combined both.
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Radio.com’s Not Fade Away has taken a look at Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble‘s classic debut album, Texas Flood, which hit its 30th anniversary this month. Here is an excerpt:
Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton recently told Radio.com that, back then, recording in the studio tended to be a more refined musical effort than playing live. “Our philosophy was, we were the same band no matter where we were or what we did,” he said.
Their song selection for their debut, which included the SRV-penned classic “Pride And Joy,” along with covers of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Tell Me,” Larry Davis’ “Texas Flood” and the Isley Brothers’ “Testify,” was equally simple: “We played the songs that we had in our repertoire that we liked the best, and we recorded them all a few times, and that was, essentially, the record.” Ditto for their studio technique: “We just put some mics up and just played the songs.”
As simple as that was, the album had a huge effect, showing a new generation of guitarists that the blues wasn’t just something that old folks listened to. Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang and John Mayer, among many others, were profoundly influenced by Vaughan’s playing. Slide guitarist Robert Randolph told Radio.com that Vaughan has been his single biggest influence.
Read the complete article at Radio.com.
For a limited time and while supplies last, PopMarket.com is offering an exclusive bundle of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s career-defining albums at a discount price!
This exclusive bundle features expanded editions of Couldn’t Stand The Weather and the recently reissued 30th Anniversary Edition of Texas Flood! Also included in the bundle are rare photos, memorabilia, new liner notes, and more!
The all-new March 2013 issue of Guitar World is available now, featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan! For the 30th anniversary of SRV and Double Trouble’s Texas Flood, the magazine is celebrating Stevie Ray’s phenomenal rise, including an in-depth guide to his amps and effect pedals. The issue also covers the history of his beloved “Number One” Fender Stratocaster, complete with up-close, detailed images.
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The love keeps coming for Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s Texas Flood 30th anniversary Legacy Edition. Here are more reviews:
If people were already comparing Vaughan to Jimi Hendrix, he seems — on this October 1983 date at Ripley’s Music Hall — more than ready to accede to the throne of the most electrifying guitarist from a generation before. In short order, Vaughan covers not one, not two, but three Hendrix songs, beginning with “Voodoo Child” and then melding “Little Wing” and “Third Stone from the Sun” in cocky closing salvo. There’s a thunderous second pass at “Testify,” a salacious journey through “Pride and Joy,” and a crackling take on Buddy Guy’s memorable update of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” to boot. – Something Else!
The Ripley’s performance is filled with classics: the amazing rhythm-as-lead/lead-as-rhythm workouts of “Love Struck Baby;” the magnificent slow burns of “Tin Pan Alley” and “Texas Flood;” and the playful funk of “Mary Had A Little Lamb.” The night closes with one more Hendrixian workout – the grace and majesty of “Little Wing” leading into an amp-torturing “Third Stone From The Sun.” It’s hard to imagine anyone having enough energy left to work off the stage, let alone speak, but Vaughan sounds like a man sitting on top of the world as he introduces the band and himself. – Jambands.com
Vaughan’s ongoing significance is reflected in the newly released 30th Anniversary Edition of Texas Flood. His music made a difference in a lot of people’s lives. The two-disc package contains a remastered version of the original album, plus a second live CD from a 1983 performance at Ripley’s Music Hall in Philadelphia. Vaughan’s incendiary debut record has never sounded better, and the additional live material is phenomenal. …He was a master, and this set is a marvelous tribute to his talent. – Blogcritics.org
Amazing reviews are coming in for the 30th anniversary Legacy Edition of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s debut album, Texas Flood! Here are excerpts:
In this expanded reissue, Texas Flood sounds just as fresh, bold and inspired. Whether it’s the slow blues of the five minute title track and “Dirty Pool,” the caffeinated picking showcase of the instrumental “Rude Mood” or closer “Lenny”’s nimble jazz runs, Vaughan and his band burst forth like energized pros instead of newbies tentatively making their first album. This double anniversary package with excellent historical liner notes adds a previously unreleased, hour long live gig from Philadelphia in October, 1983. The show absolutely sizzles with a band firing on every cylinder as they blast through fiery versions of the album’s tracks along with searing takes of Hendrix classics “Voodoo Child (Slight Return) and a medley of “Little Wing/Third Stone from the Sun.” The attack is one of a road tested unit that is still young and hungry with plenty to prove. – American Songwriter
His debut album was recorded in a matter of days of free time donated by Jackson Browne in his Los Angeles studio. What occurred there still sounds like healing of the highest order, as the guitarist’s Stratoscaster reached for the heavens from note one on “Love Struck Baby,” and kept going deeper and harder on the next nine songs. …There’s a second disc of a live ’83 show in Philadelphia that reflects the promise of everything that was to come for Vaughan, drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon. Their world was just starting to turn back then, and would soon open up to a safe haven for the deepest music of the soul. – The Morton Report
Texas Flood Legacy Edition, which — along with the original 1983 Texas Flood album — includes a previously unreleased concert, recorded live at Ripley’s Music Hall in Philadelphia on October 20, 1983. It freakin’ smokes. That’s no real surprise, since Vaughan was the type of artist who gave his all every time he hit the stage. …His performances of then-new Texas Flood numbers like “Pride and Joy,” “Love Struck Baby,” and the title track are shiver-inducing, and his passion for Jimi Hendrix comes alive on “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” and the “Little Wing”/”Third Stone From the Sun” medley. – Straight.com
Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon of Double Trouble, the band that Stevie Ray Vaughan fronted for years, sat in a North Austin coffee shop on a recent afternoon, trying to wrap their heads around the last three decades. Things are coming into focus with the release of the 30th-anniversary Legacy Edition of Texas Flood, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s debut album.
…Mr. Layton said he remembered thinking Texas Flood, released in June 1983, had a lot going against it. The album was raw and muscular, flush with guitar histrionics and deep Texas blues, mixing both original compositions and tunes from Howlin’ Wolf, the Isley Brothers and Buddy Guy. It was a departure from the Billboard Hot 100, which featured singles from Culture Club and Men at Work.
…“Right after the record came out, we pulled up to the place where we were supposed to perform in San Francisco,” Mr. Shannon said. “We’d played there a few times before to maybe 50 people. Now there were hundreds outside that couldn’t get in. We pulled up and thought, ‘Who’s playing here tonight?’ We couldn’t fathom they were here for us.”
Read more at The New York Times.
GuitarWorld.com has an exclusive stream of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble performing live at Ripley’s Music Hall, Philadelphia, on October 20, 1983. This live set is available in the deluxe, 30th-anniversay edition of Texas Flood, in stores now!
The reissue includes liner notes by music historian Ashley Kahn. In his notes, he writes, “The story of Texas Flood — more than any other recording by the guitarist — is the story of Stevie Ray. The album stands closest to his personal roots, roots that grew from a loamy mix of deep Southern blues, Texas R&B, and white-boy rock ‘n’ roll.”
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Today is the day that you can get Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s expanded Texas Flood two-disc 30th anniversary edition! To celebrate the album’s release, we’ve teamed with Fender, Ultimate Classic Rock and GuySpeed to give one lucky fan a Stevie Ray Vaughan signature model Stratocaster valued at $2,399.99. Ten runners-up also will win the Texas Flood Legacy Edition album.
The Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster is modeled on “SRV #1.” The three-color sunburst guitar has a maple neck with a pau ferro fingerboard, three “Texas Special” single-coil pickups, left-handed tremolo placement, Vaughan’s signature on the neck and his initials printed on the pickguard.
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