Last week, specifically August 27th, marked the 17th anniversary of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s passing. Arguably, few other modern blues-rock guitarist have had the mainstream, and lasting, impact that Stevie Ray has had. Regretfully, I never had the chance to see Stevie Ray live, but, fortunately, he leaves a legacy of recordings and videos.
Recently, IG over at IGBlog recommended getting “on the Hendrix” budget and buying Jimi Hendrix music. Similarly, in celebration of Stevie Ray’s life and music, I would encourage you to pick an SRV & Double Trouble album you don’t have or haven’t heard and revisit one of the masters of modern blues guitar. There’s very little Stevie Ray music that I don’t like, but if you’re just starting out with SRV, I would suggest starting at the beginning and getting Texas Flood. After that, my favorite is probably In Step, then The Sky Is Crying. However, you can’t go wrong with any SRV music, in my opinion.
What’s your favorite Stevie Ray Vaughan CD?
Not to take away from SRV, but, I always wondered who the other folks in the helicopter were who died in the same accident. I know there were 3 others, and they were part of Clapton’s entourage from the gig that SRV had just played. That’s about it. Always been curious.
Good post! SRV lives!
IG, you make a great point. SRV was not the only person to die tragically in that helicopter crash on August 27, 1990. Also on that tragic flight were the pilot Jeff Brown; Clapton’s Hollywood Agent, Bobby Brooks; Clapton’s Assistant Tour Manager, Colin Smythe; and Nigel Browne, Clapton’s bodyguard.
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And for anyone who is can’t decide whether to buy som SRV, check out any of these videos and it will certainly put you in the mood!
Stevie was a god.
Thanks for linking to YouTube…I should have done that in the post. The videos are a great introduction to SRV.
Thanks for that info Josh!