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.
From bank-breaking record advances and extravagant arena tours to non-stop parties and girls dancing on cars, a guitarist's gear in the '80s had to be just as over-the-top as his look, whether he was sporting spandex or a nail-spiked armband.
Today, GuitarWorld.com brings you the exclusive stream of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Live at Ripley’s Music Hall, Philadelphia, October 20, 1983. The previously unreleased live set will officially be available tomorrow, January 29, as the bonus disc in Legacy's 30th-anniversay edition of Texas Flood, Vaughan's debut album.
On January 29, Sony Legacy will release a deluxe, 30th-anniversary edition of Texas Flood, the debut album by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. The selling point of the new, two-CD edition is the bonus disc, which features an October 20, 1983, show recorded at Ripley’s Music Hall in Philadelphia.
Thirty years ago this November, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble laid down the tracks that would become Texas Flood, and among the many jaw-dropping skills Vaughan displayed on his debut album was the massive shuffle groove on "Pride and Joy."
Stevie Ray Vaughan, bluesman, guitarist and legend, was only 35 at the time of his death, but in his brief lifetime he managed to revitalize the blues, influence a generation of guitarists and produce a phenomenal body of work.
In this Sick Lick, I'm using the E Pentatonic Blues Scale (Pentatonic Flat 5). Whenever I'm soloing, this is the scale I naturally gravitate toward because I love its aggressive sound and power! For me, Stevie Ray Vaughan used this scale better than anyone, and he was my inspiration to explore the possibilities with this scale and sound.
Lance Lopez is one very few blues guitarists who can say they started their career at age of 12, when he began performing professionally with older, more seasoned musicians in New Orleans -- and understanding the elements of blues, funk and R&B. By the time he was 18, the Shreveport, Louisiana-born Lopez had toured with soul singer Johnnie Taylor and blues legend Lucky Peterson.