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).
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 almost 6 million times—it still strikes me as something of a rare bird (probably because I've—somehow—never seen it before!). The clip, which apparently was shot in January 1986, shows SRV and Double Trouble running through three songs—"Scuttle Buttin'," "Ain't Gone 'n' Give Up On Love" and "Say What!"