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.
Massachusetts-born blues guitarist Albert Cummings released his sixth album, No Regrets, August 28 through the Ivy Music Company. The album debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., Canada and France on the iTunes Blues Charts and at No. 5 on the Billboard blues charts.
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.
The blues tradition runs deep in Texas, which has produced a constant stream of innovative blues guitarists, including T-Bone Walker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Freddie King, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Albert Collins, Billy Gibbons and Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan.