If you want to see or hear Stevie Ray Vaughan playing acoustic guitar, you have limited options. There's his 1990 MTV Unplugged appearance, his posthumously released recording of "Life by the Drop," "Oreo Cookie Blues" (a 1985 Lonnie Mack recording) — and, well, maybe a few other dribs and draps.
Below, check out a — let's face it — crappy-quality video of the Fabulous Thunderbirds performing "The Crawl" in what I call the good ol' days of Texas rock and blues (1984), with Jimmie's big brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan, sitting in.
How in good conscience can an institution that has admitted Gladys Knight & the Pips overlook Ozzy Osbourne? That was the burning question that kept us awake after we learned about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s inductees for 2014. Don’t get us wrong. We were thrilled to see Kiss and Nirvana finally listed among this year’s entrants. But after 28 years, we think it’s time that the Hall shower a little respect on some of the musicians that have thrilled and inspired Guitar World and its readers over the past 35 years.
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.
God bless roadies! As any guitarist can attest, roadies are indispensable members of any band's touring operation — as illustrated in this brief video featuring the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan and his roadie, Rene Martinez.
We've been waiting a while for this video to be posted to YouTube, and it's finally here. Below, check out a pro-shot clip of Stevie Ray Vaughan performing "Texas Flood" at a 1989 concert celebrating the inauguration of George H.W. Bush.
In an age where musical tastes are being shaped by technological innovations, where sensibilities are being assaulted by arsenals of Linn drums and Fairlights and Mini Moogs, it's downright refreshing to see someone playing straight from the gut again.
Here's a doozy. Ten minutes of Stevie Ray Vaughan dishing out some stupendous blues magic on acoustic as part of an MTV Unplugged episode from 1990. Vaughan doesn't waste any time getting busy, and starts out with "Rude Mood," followed by a rousing acoustic "Pride and Joy."