Bob Seger's released his new album, Ride Out, earlier this month. The second track on the 10-track disc is "Hey Gypsy," which features a familiar intro — very reminiscent of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. It turns out "Hey Gypsy" is Seger's tribute to Vaughan.
Twenty-five years ago this week, Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan kicked off their one and only tour together. The trek, dubbed "The Fire Meets the Fury," kicked off October 25 in Minneapolis and wrapped up December 3 in Oakland.
Well, it's finally happened. The late Stevie Ray Vaughan has actually been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. This current crop of nominees also includes the late Lou Reed, plus the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Sting, War and Bill Withers.
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).
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.