Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
"Couldn't Stand the Weather" (Vinyl)

SRV has entered the Great Hall of rock n' roll legend. And it's not purely for his untimely death. During his lifetime momentum was garnered as one of the most inventive and influential guitarists of his generation.  Since his death in 1990 countless guitarists have cited him as an inspiration, copying, imitating and emulating him.

This 1984 album has some of his most classic tracks on it, including the title track, "Scuttle Buttin'" and his cover of Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile."

I'm not always in the mood for Stevie Ray Vaughan, but it is foolish (if not impossible) to acknowledge his importance for guitar-driven rock'n roll during a decade when everyone else was turning New Wave.

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