It seems like only yesterday that the Fabulous Thunderbirds, an upstart rocking-blues band from Austin, Texas, released their debut album, Girls Go Wild. It was, in fact, more than three decades ago. Since that time, Jimmie Vaughan, the T-birds’ founder and guitarist from 1976 to 1989, has gone from being a skinny kid with a Strat and a perm to one of today’s elder statesmen of the blues.
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.
OK, so you have your headphones out. What do you want to listen to? Something beautiful? Something cool? Something you’ve never heard before? How about all three? The following are five tracks by some of your favorite bands worth putting under the microscope for reasons listed below. Enjoy!
A lot of super-vintage Stevie Ray Vaughan recordings—including some video—have been turning up on YouTube in recent weeks. Below, you can check out the latest. It's a recording of Paul Ray & The Cobras at the Soap Creek Saloon in Austin, Texas, May 5, 1975.
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.