I've been listening to a lot of different types of music this weekend and at first, I thought I was going to have a hard time coming up with a great #MusicMonday post.
Then I logged onto tumblr (I would insert the link here, but if you want to be privvy to my tumblr blog, you have to do the work to find it lol) and someone had posted a pic of the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan.
I listen to A LOT of SRV. To me, he's the perfect blend of blues and rock. He is one of the main influences of my favorite guitarist. When I was 7, Stevie did a cover of Superstition by Stevie Wonder. It was the 80s, we didn't have BET so I watched a lot of MTV and VH-1. VH-1 played the hell out of that video and I watch it whenever I could. I knew SRV hadn't wrote that song but to my young ears, it was amazing. Mind you, this was 6 years before I discovered Jimi Hendrix.
There was something special about SRV that I couldn't quite pinpoint at 7 years old, but as an adult who considers herself to be somewhat of an audiophile, I can easily and confidently say that SRV deserves his spot on Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Guitarists list. Was number 11 good enough? I don't think so. I would have liked to see him at number 2, right behind Hendrix...or at least in the top five.
If you want to get to know SRV a little better, Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Stevie Ray. It's a good introduction to SRV and Texas Blues. My favorite song by SRV will always be Ain't Gon Give Up on Love.
And Stevie Ray Vaughan is the only other artist who the girl feels can cover Voodoo Child...the right way.
For any fan of SRV, August 27th is a hard day.
It's the day that Stevie Ray Vaughan, one of the best blues guitar players that I've ever heard, passed away. So in honor of Stevie Ray, this #MusicMonday is dedicated to his blues playin' legacy. I hope you enjoy Stevie and learn to love him and his music as much as I have.
Here's to you Mr. Vaughan!
He was influenced by blues musicians including Albert King, Otis Rush, and Muddy Waters, and rock guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack, along with jazz instrumentalists like Kenny Burrell. He has received wide critical recognition for his guitar playing, ranking at #12 on Rolling Stone's list of "100 Greatest Guitarists" in 2011. He was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2000 and a memorial statue was erected in Austin's Auditorium Shores park.