Since the guitar's inception, there have undoubtedly been talented players that could make the instrument sing, but it wasn't until the mid '60s and the arrival of the wah pedal that one could make it cry.
Here’s a great quality clip of SRV performing “Pride and Joy” in January of 1990 during his MTV Unplugged taping. Vaughan uses a 12-string Guild, which gives the song a completely different vibe than the original, full band recording. “Pride and Joy” originally appeared on his 1983 Epic Records debut, Texas Flood.
I know, I know. Die-hard Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Vaughan fans—myself included—have already seen this video 43.677777 times. However, that doesn't make it any less appealing. And, since it wound up in my crowded inbox this morning, I thought I'd share it with the masses!
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.
Sure, there are scores of stellar live versions of Stevie Ray Vaughan's version of "Texas Flood" online, but there's simply something magical about this raw performance from July 17, 1982, at the Montreux Jazz and International Music Festival. The extended, dynamics-filled rollercoaster ride finds SRV reaching into his bag of King-meets-Hendrix Licks — not mention behind his back, where his Strat rested for the final third of the song.
If you ask some people in these parts, 2014 wasn't a great year for music. I disagree. I think it kicks 2013's ass. Mind you, my tastes have veered way over into the roots-rock, rockabilly, non-horrible-country arena. Luckily, Sturgill Simpson, Whitey Morgan and Reverend Horton Heat provided me with plenty to listen to.