“That take was live from beginning to end, 7 minutes of pure guitar energy without a single miscue”: Stevie Ray Vaughan’s producer and bassist recall being in the room when SRV tackled his game-changing cover of Voodoo Child

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Tommy Shannon
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Tommy Shannon (Image credit: Paul Natkin / Getty)

Stevie Ray Vaughan’s second album Couldn’t Stand the Weather was put together in a whirlwind rush as the band – in the ascendence following a huge run of tour dates in support of Texas Flood – needed new material, and quickly. 

A common criticism leveled at the record is that SRV did not push himself particularly hard in the writing department, which is perhaps not surprising given the need for speed – and the substance abuse that was rife in the group at the time. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.

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