An incredible piece of blues—and music—history surfaced online over the weekend (October 4, 2014). Below, check out a rare video of Stevie Ray Vaughan performing "The Sky Is Crying" at an Austin, Texas, club circa 1980—before Montreux, before "Let's Dance," before his cowboy hats—before anyone in New Jersey or Ohio or Rome had any idea who he was. It's so early, in fact, that he's still called "Stevie Vaughan" at this point.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Texas Flood" as performed by an all-star band featuring Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Buddy Guy, Willie Nelson, Doyle Bramhall II, Lukas Nelson and Robert Randolph — all backed by Double Trouble (Tommy Shannon, Reese Wynans and Chris Layton).
Steel Panther have premiered the music video for "Pussywhipped," a track from their latest album, All You Can Eat. You can check it out below. As always, be sure to let us know what you think of it in the comments or on Facebook!
Stevie Ray Vaughan’s distinctive playing style is earmarked by equal parts pure power, intensity of focus, razor-sharp precision and deeply emotional conviction. And then there’s his tone—probably the best Stratocaster-derived sound ever evoked from the instrument.
The idea of Stevie Ray Vaughan covering a funky song by the great R&B band the Isley Brothers might seem bizarre until you consider that rhythm and blues was a big part of the Double Trouble playbook. Besides, his choice of “Testify” makes perfect sense when you realize that the guitarist on the Isley’s original 1964 version was none other than his hero, Jimi Hendrix.
These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the September 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.