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.
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.
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.