Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Legends run deep when memories of Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954-1990) are invoked. David Bowie said, after seeing the 28-year-old Dallas blues guitar sensation for the first time at Montreux in 1982: “SRV completely floored me. I probably hadn’t been so gung-ho about a guitar player since seeing Jeff Beck in the early 60s.” Famed music man Jerry Wexler arranged for Vaughan’s big-time debut at Montreux (which led to him playing on Bowie’s global Number One hit, “Let’s Dance”). Equally famed John Hammond led Vaughan to Epic Records. The studio and live LPs released during the last seven years of his life etched SRV into Stratocaster immortality and influenced the next generation of blues guitarists. From the opening onslaught of “Love Struck Baby,” “Pride And Joy” and “Texas Flood” on the group’s first LP (with Tommy Shannon on bass and Chris Layton on drums), it was clear that Vaughan belonged in the highest ranks of guitar greats. His devotion to Jimi Hendrix emerged on his second LP, with a blistering cover of “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).” It turned into a staple of nearly every SRV show, along with Hendrix’s “Little Wing.” After joining the group in 1985, Reese Wynans would add a layer of keys to the group’s final two albums, Soul to Soul (1985) and In Step (1989). Vaughan laid out his dedication to the great masters for all to see, especially Guitar Slim (“The Things (That) I Used To Do”) and Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers Buddy Guy (“Mary Had A Little Lamb”), Freddie King (“Hide Away”) and Albert King (“Blues At Sunrise”). During his short-lived career, Vaughan also recorded show-stopping collaborations with B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Paul Butterfield, Dick Dale, Lonnie Mack, Albert Collins and many others.
By Kory Grow
March 31, 2014 6:10 PM ET
In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the PBS concert TV series Austin City Limits has launched the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. It is holding its inaugural induction ceremony on April 26th, when it recognizes Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble as its first members, alongside the show's creator, Bill Arhos, and University of Texas football coach Darrell K. Royal. A star-studded lineup including Buddy Guy, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Willie's son Lukas, Robert Randolph, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Doyle Bramhall II and more will perform at the ceremony. The gala will be held at Austin City Limit's original home, Studio 6A at TV station KLRU.
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Vaughan and Royal will be inducted posthumously, while Vaughan's band Double Trouble, including drummer Chris Layton, bassist Tommy Shannon and keyboardist Reese Wynans, will be inducted at the event. The honorees this year all have Texas roots, but as the Hall of Fame becomes an annual event, its organizers said it would reflect the country as a whole.
"Austin City Limits has become a unique American institution, in both the worlds of popular music and television," ACL executive producer Terry Lickona said in a statement. "It has such a rich history and legacy that we decided it was time to celebrate and honor the artists and individuals who made it what it is today."
The induction ceremony comes a few weeks after a preview of the 40th season of Austin City Limits featuring Nine Inch Nails. For the April 5th sneak preview, the group, which has shied away from making television appearances, played a nine-song set ranging from 1989's "Sanctified" to "Copy of A" from their most recent album, Hesitation Marks.
"We've waited a long time to do anything like this," Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor said in a statement. "We never thought we'd see the day when Nine Inch Nails would set foot on the ACL stage," added Lickona. "I mean, they never did television for 25 years! I came away from this show having the greatest respect for Trent Reznor. He's one of the most focused, intense and creative artists I've ever worked with."
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March 31, 2014
Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan In Session, recorded live for television on December 6, 1983, at CHCH-TV studios in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, is now available in a deluxe edition, CD/DVD combo! As of this posting, Amazon has it for only $11.88!
Couldn't Stand the Weather (Legacy Edition), will be released on July 27, 2010.
1. Sky Is Crying - A. King, B.B. King 2. Soulful Dress - Marcia Bell 3. Don't Stop by the Creek - Johnny Copeland 4. Miami Strut - A.C. Reed 5. Na-Na-Ne-Na-Nay 6. Goin' Down - Jeff Beck 7. Oreo Cookie Blues - Lonnie Mack 8. On the Run - Katie Webster 9. Albert's Shuffle - Albert Collins 10. Change It - The SNL Horns, Jimmie Vaughan 11. You Can Have My Husband - Lou Ann Barton 12. Texas Flood - Bonnie Raitt 13. Pipeline 14. Let's Dance - David Bowie Produced for Legacy Recordings by Bob Irwin A&R assistance: Vince Payne and Craig Hopkins Mastered by Vic Anesini at Sony Music Studios, New York Special thanks to Harvey Leeds, Jimmie Vaughan, Vince Payne and Craig Hopkins . . . . Posted 08nov07
Music DVD Review
SRV & Double Trouble - Pride and Joy
Written by Ray Ellis
Published November 05, 2007
Remembering a Blues Great
Every kid growing up in Texas who ever picked up a guitar wanted to play the blues at one time or another. You can hear it in any music that’s ever come out of Texas, whether it’s rock and roll, country and western, or even mainstream pop. Give a Texan a guitar, and strings are going to bend. Playing the blues and making the blues come alive are two different things, however. Stevie Ray Vaughan, in a recording career that barely spanned seven years, reimagined electric blues, and transformed the genre forever.
While most press links Stevie Ray Vaughan to Austin, he had a huge following in Dallas long before his major label debut in 1983. I used to see him and Double Trouble at a tiny venue called St. Christopher’s. It was a pool hall/bar that also booked bands. It didn’t have a stage to speak of—just a corner of the club for the band to play. To call it “intimate” would be charitable—it was the definition of a dive, and I mean that in the most convivial way possible. It was the kind of place that didn’t enforce capacity codes efficiently, but it did have a helluva jukebox. It was always crowded and hot, and when Stevie Ray and Double Trouble played, it was a lot hotter.
You can get a rough idea, albeit a bit cleaned up, as to what St. Christopher’s was like on the “Love Struck Baby” video, which introduces the DVD release of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Pride and Joy. Originally released shortly after Vaughan’s untimely death in 1990, Pride and Joy was a collection of the six videos released to promote the albums Texas Flood, Couldn’t Stand the Weather and Crossfire. In its original version, it also included a live version of “I’m Leaving You (Commit a Crime)” and a sorta “live” performance of “Superstition” (the audio from the latter was from a live performance, but the video was staged).
Technically, the DVD version of Pride and Joy is a reissue of the 1990 release, but only in the narrowest of definitions. This new release not only expands the original’s half-hour length to over 70 minutes, but benefits from remixed stereo and 5.1 Dolby audio enhancements. Besides being crystalline both in audio and video, the DVD also has a clearer sense of Vaughan’s historical significance. Now at seventeen tracks, the DVD is more a chronicle of his too-short career than the ragtag collection of MTV promo clips that the original was.
Those clips are still there, of course, and they still hold up musically, if somewhat dated visually. They date from the days when MTV actually promoted music via video, and still have a certain nostalgic charm about them. Despite their mini-movie style, and even though they hardly showcased the intricacies of his style, it’s a fact they helped promote Vaughan’s abilities to a wider audience. Three previously unreleased performances from MTV’s Unplugged series rectify that. On “Rude Mood,” “Pride and Joy” and “Testify,” Vaughan channels all his flash into a 12-string acoustic, with results every bit as electrifying as his signature Stratocaster performances.
The DVD also includes posthumously released promo videos from the album The Vaughan Brothers, the album Vaughan was working on with his brother Jimmie Vaughan shortly before the helicopter crash that took Stevie Ray’s life. Most haunting, though, is the inclusion of his instrumental version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing.” Besides being a haunting rendition of the tune, it’s a visual montage of great guitarists, most, but not all of whom have passed. There’s a fleeting instant depicting Stevie Ray Vaughan performing.
A talent like Stevie Ray Vaughan comes along only once every couple of generations—and that’s if we’re lucky. The sting of irony is that those talents invariably seem to leave us too quickly. Pride and Joy falls short of being a definitive chronicle of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s life. It focuses more on his videos, which were, as the industry demands, oriented to wide audiences. Still, it offers moments of insight into his short life. And it’s all done with his beloved Stratocasters as the main star. There's no narration, nothing extraneous--just the man and his guitar working in unearthly synchronocity.
I think he would have wanted it that way.
Guitar World Legends is a series of special issue magazines, usually focused on one area of musical interest
This issue is of Stevie Ray Vaughan. It will be on newstands until October 18th.
The upcoming 2-DVD set will be the visual companion to Epic/Legacy's 2001 release of the 2-CD set "Live at Montreux 1982 & 1985." The package features the concert from 1982 (same track listing as the earlier CD set) as well as the concert from 1985 (track listing features two additional tracks that did not appear on the CD). In addition, this set will include a newly-created documentary about the shows, featuring on-camera interviews with Jackson Browne, John Mayer, and Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton of Double Trouble.
Available September 7th
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
"Live at Montreux 1982 & 1985" 2 - DVD set (Epic/Legacy)
"Sometimes what appear as failures, are really successes in disguise." --Tommy Shannon
By the summer of 1982, Stevie Ray Vaughan was already a veteran of the Southern blues circuit. Desperately searching for his big break, he was asked to play "Blues Night" at the annual Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. Playing like his life depended on it, Stevie put on a fiery performance - full of future SRV classics like "Pride And Joy" and "Love Struck Baby." The audience could not have cared less. Every song Stevie played was greeted by an increasing wave of boos and hisses and he left the stage bewildered and heart-broken.
As fate would have it, this would be the most important single show Stevie ever played. In attendance at the festival were two figures who would prove instrumental in Stevie's subsequent rise to stardom: David Bowie and Jackson Browne. They immediately recognized Stevie's raw talent and limitless passion. As a result, Jackson Browne offered Stevie the opportunity to record (free of charge) at his own studio--the tapes that would be Texas Flood--Stevie's first studio album for Epic Records. In addition, Stevie was asked to play on Bowie's hugely successful Let's Dance album and tour.
Three years later, when Stevie was invited back to headline "Blues Night" at the festival, the crowd, now familiar with Stevie's songs and albums treated him like the conquering hero. And Stevie again played like his life depended on it - because, as we all came to recognize and respect, that was the only way he knew how.
DISC ONE - July 17, 1982
1. Hide Away
2. Rude Mood
3. Pride And Joy
4. Texas Flood
5. Love Struck Baby
6. Dirty Pool
7. Give Me Back My Wig
8. Collins' Shuffle
DISC TWO - July 15, 1985
1. Scuttle Buttin'
2. Say What!
3. Ain't Gone N' Give Up On Love
4. Pride And Joy
5. Mary Had A Little Lamb
6. COLD SHOT* (with Johnny Copeland)
7. Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town) (with Johnny Copeland)
8. LITTLE SISTER* (with Johnny Copeland)
9. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
10. Texas Flood
11. Life Without You
12. Gone Home
13. Couldn't Stand The Weather
*DVD BONUS TRACK
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1973 Nightcrawlers album to be released? Marc Benno is allegedly trying to clear legal hurdles to release the album recorded in 1973 featuring Stevie Vaughan and Doyle Bramhall among the band members. (submitted by Dirk)
Sony/Epic released this double-CD set on October 1st.
New tour dates have been posted on the Official Double Trouble Site
Overseen by his brother, fellow blues artist Jimmie Vaughan, the double CD Live in Montreux '82 & '85 is scheduled for release November 6. Songs are being compiled from a combination of source tapes and video recording tracks, the project's publicist said. About half the material is previously unreleased.
The first disc documents a gig Vaughan played at the Montreux Casino on July 17, 1982. The second CD is drawn from an appearance at the same venue three years later, when Vaughan was invited back to the festival to headline Blues Night.
David Bowie helped write the liner notes for Live in Montreux '82 & '85, as did Vaughan bandmates Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon.
Tommy and Chris presented the recognition and Jimmie Vaughan accepted on Stevie's behalf.
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