Because the reception in the mountains was terrible and full of static, I couldn't hear it clearly. But it sounded like a "new" Stevie Ray Vaughan song; the guitar playing and the vocals sounded like the late SRV, who had died five years earlier. I could make out some of the lyrics, which included stuff like "I've been gone too long." It as if the late SRV was saying howdy from the grave.
Stevie Ray Vaughan released four studio albums, a live album and a Vaughan Brothers album, not to mention enough leftover live and studio material to fill several posthumous albums and a box set. He even found the time to perform on albums by several other artists — from Teena Marie to Stevie Wonder to Don Johnson — very often with fiery results.
This video, a clip of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Dick Dale performing "Pipeline," one of the most famous surf-guitar instrumentals of all time, has got it all. I mean, you've got Stevie Ray Vaughan, a righty ... you've got the under-appreciated Dick Dale, a lefty ... you've got Dick Dale's bizarre hair ... you've got Annette Funicello ... you've got some lovely Fender Stratocasters ...
Even though this video has been viewed more than three million times — it still strikes me as something of a rare bird (probably because I've — somehow — never seen it before!). The clip, which was shot in January 1986, shows Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble playing three songs — "Scuttle Buttin'," "Ain't Gone 'n' Give Up On Love" and "Say What!" — during a sound check.
Even though Metallica's James Hetfield makes it look all too easy, there are countless guitarists who find it challenging to sing while doing anything on the guitar — besides strumming. Some players (myself included) even get bent out of shape when they're asked to provide the simplest of vocal harmonies while playing basic to semi-challenging riffs.
An Independence Day parade of solo-guitar versions of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Slash, Steve Vai, Dave Mustaine, Zakk Wylde, Eric Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ted Nugent and -- of course -- Jimi Hendrix.