Stevie Ray Vaughn, 25 Years Later

Hi folks. Today is a sad anniversary, as it is 25 years ago today, that Texas born blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn was taken from us via helicopter in the fog. He had released his latest album In Step with his band Double Trouble in the spring of 1989 and had also became sober, after years of alcohol abuse.

As a guitarist I always liked his work, from his work on David Bowie’s Let’s Dance to all of his work with Double Trouble, from Texas Flood to In Step and his posthumous album with his brother Jimmy. I never bought any of his albums but I closely followed his progress and was quite pleased with everything I heard. My favourite song he did was his cover of Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix, which came out a year after his death on his posthumous album The Sky Is Crying. His version was an instrumental and it showcased his playing in varying intensities from sweet to for Roche us. One thing I have always liked about him is that he could sing and play guitar well, much like Jimi Hendrix and he even did his songs justus as well. He not only covered Little Wing but he also did a version of Voodoo Chile Slight Return on his second album Couldn’t Stand The Weather and would also perform Third Stone From The Son during his live performances.

If we didn’t have him we probably wouldn’t have had more recent players like Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd or even the late Jeff Healey, who was a great guitarist in his own right playing the guitar on his lap. Then again, if Jimi Hendrix hadn’t blow’n up as big as he did in the 60’s, would we even have Stevie Ray Vaughn? I think without both men mainstream blues would be much different and rock and hard rock guitar would probably not even exist, unless Jimmy page had decided to go the direction he ultimately went, after The Yardbirds split up and he formed Led Zeppelin. Maybe some jazz guitarist would cross over to rock and do something radicle and innovative. However, thankfully Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn came along and the rock guitar hasn’t been the same ever since and well, I like it. Also, there are some jazz guitarists who take elements of rock guitar in their solos and I think that we can thank both Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Von for that. Actually, if he was around today I think he would probably still do blues but also play a bit of jazz. I say that because his technique was so good he can do almost anything he wants on the guitar and people would still buy his records and go see his concerts on tour.

Will we ever see anyone like him again in our lifetime? I don’t think so because rare talents like that only come along every so often and unfortunately, they are taken from us way too soon. We miss you Stevie and thank you for everything you’ve given us over your short career. At the age of 35 he had many more good years left and well, what a waste of talent.

Well, that’s about it for today. Talk to you soon.,


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