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Essential Guitar Licks: Stevie Ray Vaughan's "The Sky Is Crying" Bends

We all know a great lick when we hear one—Jimmy Page’s solo breaks in “Whole Lotta Love” and Mark Knopfler’s blistering triads in “Sultans of Swing,” for example. Moments like these grab your attention and aurally brand your ears forever.Or, sometimes it acts more subliminally: You suddenly find yourself playing a certain lick over and over again, wondering, Where have I heard this before... …

Fatten Up Your Tone, Stevie Ray Vaughan Style, with the King Tone Switch

In 1994, a young British band called the Hoax released a reasonably successful album called Sound Like This. You might even remember it.For me, the album's strongest selling point—and the reason I played it over and over again back in the day—was the undeniable skills of the band's guitarists, Jesse Davey and Jon Amor, who convincingly nailed the late Stevie Ray Vaughan's playing style and tone... …

Milligan Vaughan Project Premiere "Soul Satisfaction" Video

The Milligan Vaughan Project—an Austin-based band featuring singer Malford Milligan and guitarist Tyrone Vaughan—released their debut album, MVP, August 4 via Mark One Records. Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Soul Satisfaction," the band's new music video.The song, which packs a punch, features plenty of tasty Fender-fueled guitar work by Vaughan, who happens to be... …

Stevie Ray Vaughan's 10 Greatest Guitar Moments

For someone who spent a mere seven and a half years as a heavy player on the world stage, Texas guitar-slinger Stevie Ray Vaughan left behind a wealth of recorded material—and one hell of a legacy.In that blink of an eye between his incongruous appearance on David Bowie’s Let’s Dance in 1983 and his death in a freak helicopter crash in 1990, Vaughan unleashed four indispensable studio albums... …

Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan Perform "Jeff's Boogie" in 1984

For this week's flashback video, we head to Honolulu, Hawaii.That's where, in 1984, Jeff Beck joined Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble on stage to play an impressive mini-set that included "Jeff's Boogie," an instrumental track from the Yardbirds' 1966 Roger the Engineer album (the original name of which was Yardbirds).In the surprisingly great-sounding video below, Beck and Vaughan take... …

Tommy Emmanuel's Jaw-Dropping Acoustic 12-Bar Blues

If there's anyone who can shred on acoustic guitar with jaw-dropping effect, it's Tommy Emmanuel.Hailing from Australia, yes, he has an excellent accent, and yes, he can put your fingerstyle moves to shame. But check out this video of a 12-bar blues. Here he runs through Arthur Smith's "Guitar Boogie" and "Stevie's Blues," a song he wrote for the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan.You might be... …

Rare Footage of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Performance at the “Biggest Party in History”

In the late Eighties, Miller Lite beer, in an attempt to boost sales, planned a publicity stunt in Texas. It was dubbed the “Biggest Party In History.”In a campaign that included nearly a year's of worth of TV and magazine ads, the company spent around $15 million promoting the events that would take place over Labor Day weekend 1989 in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Odessa, McAllen, Houston and... …

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Lonnie Mack Play "Oreo Cookie Blues" and "Wham!" in 1986

Stevie Ray Vaughan fans got a nice little bonus in 1985, when Alligator Records released Lonnie Mack's masterful Strike Like Lightning album.The album, which was co-produced by Vaughan and Mack, features Vaughan on several tracks, playing electric and acoustic guitar, something that very rarely happened.Vaughan even sings a duet with Mack on one of the songs, "If You Have to Know," making it... …

Forgotten Guitar: Soundboard Recordings of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s David Bowie Rehearsals

In January 1983, David Bowie invited Stevie Ray Vaughan to record guitar for six new tracks he’d written for his upcoming release, Let’s Dance.Vaughan’s powerful and unique guitar work brought a fresh sound to Bowie’s music, most famously on songs like “China Girl” and the album’s title track.With the album a success, Bowie was keen for SRV to join his group for the subsequent Serious Moonlight... …

10 Things You Didn't Know About Stevie Ray Vaughan

It’s been almost 35 years since Stevie Ray Vaughan burst onto the world stage, becoming the meanest thing to come out of Texas since J.R. Ewing.Vaughan—devoid of light shows, dry ice, fog and lasers—refocused attention back to the essentials—guitar, bass and drums in a basic 12-bar format.Think you know everything there is to know about the late, great SRV? Check out the story below to test... …

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