Stevie Ray Vaughan's Influence Still Felt Today
... employed the technique of string raking. It's a cool, slurring sound made by muting the strings and playing them with a down stroke -- as he does before the choruses of "Cold Shot." Its an accent that, when thrown into a lead or used to punctuate a transition in a tune, is similar to a spoken "aside" in conversation. (Back to that idea of playing as though talking -- thinking of the guitar as an extension of the voice.) more on this story Gibson.com is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright Gibson.com - Excerpted here with permission. Stevie Ray Vaughan
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Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Flood Celebrates 30th Anniversary
... 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." more on this story Radio.com is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright Radio.com/CBS Local - Excerpted here with permission. Stevie Ray Vaughan
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Stevie Ray Vaughan: Texas Flood (Legacy Edition)
... 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. Comments Stevie Ray Vaughan
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Stevie Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 - August 27, 1990)
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Vaughan died in a helicopter crash near East Troy, Wisconsin following a concert at the Alpine Valley Music Theater where earlier in the evening he appeared with Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and his older brother Jimmie Vaughan. The idea that Clapton gave up his seat in the ill fated helicopter is a myth. Eric explains in his autobiography there were 4 copters chartered to fly musicians back to Chicago. Stevie was on board a different helicopter with 2 of Eric's crew. (thanks, Lou - Scranton, PA)
Vaughan attracted attention from David Bowie and Jackson Browne, and he played on albums with both. Bowie featured Vaughan on his Let's Dance
album in the songs "Let's Dance
" and "China Girl
Bowie first saw Vaughan at the Montreux Jazz Festival where initially a few members of the audience, who disliked his hard blues sound booed Vaughan, though most of the crowd cheered him, as can be witnessed in the Live At Montreux DVD.
Stevie had a distinct sound of his own which was partly based on using heavy 13-gauge strings. Vaughan's sound and playing style, which often features simultaneous lead and rhythm parts, also draws frequent comparisons to that of Jimi Hendrix; Vaughan covered several Hendrix tunes on his studio albums and in performance.
As well as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan's blues playing style was strongly influenced by Albert King who dubbed himself Stevie's "Godfather."
Drug addiction and alcoholism took a toll on Vaughan in the mid-1980s, and he collapsed while on tour in 1986. He checked into rehab in Georgia later that year. He managed to recover from his addictions and became a teetotaler. (thanks, James - Bransgore, England, for above 5)
His older brother Jimmie inspired him to pick up a guitar. Stevie Ray recorded his 1990 Brother To Brother album with Jimmie.
He formed the band Triple Threat in 1975 with vocalist Lou Ann Barton, bassist Jackie Newhouse and drummer Chris Layton. When Barton left in 1978, Vaughan took over vocals and the band was renamed "Double Trouble." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2)
Rupert crafted hits for Tina Turner, Howard Jones and The Fixx.
Danny played guitar on Sweet Baby James
, and Running On Empty
. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Dirty Laundry," "Sunset Grill" and "Tender Is The Night."
The 2011 Artist of the Year at the Dove Awards isn't your typical gospel diva, and she thinks that's a good thing.