Stevie Ray Vaughan's battle with drink and drug addiction during the mid-eighties was well documented, thus his triumphant return with fourth studio album 'In Step' in June 1989 was met with much relief and huge enthusiasm by fans and critics alike. His return was of course to be cut tragically short however when the horrific helicopter crash that ended his life took place little more than a year later.
But the body of work Stevie Ray left behind confirms his status as one of the most skilled and creative guitarists of all time, with comparisons to fret-board geniuses such as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton - with whom he had been performing the night he stepped into that fateful flying machine - regularly made. His unique blues influenced playing is wonderfully evident throughout this collection of rare performances…
This fabulous radio broadcast comes from The King's Head Inn, a tiny venue popular with students near the Old Dominion University campus, in Norfolk, Virginia, that could accommodate barely 100 people. Luckily, local radio station WNOR was on hand to preserve this storming performance made on July 20th 1980 by soon-to-become-legendary Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. It was following a groundbreaking appearance at the 1982 Montreux Jazz Festival that Steve Ray first came to the attention of such major rock stars as David Bowie (with whom he recorded the Let s Dance album), The Rolling Stones and Jackson Browne.
While 2002's Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble is the place to go for the complete picture, Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Stevie Ray Vaughan works well as a nice single-disc introduction to the work of the influential blues guitarist. Perhaps a few more hits could have been included to make this more attractive to the curious buyer, but with a previously unreleased live version of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and a track listing that dodges much of the 1995 Greatest Hits collection, this does offer an alternative for longtime fans.
Learn 50 trademark SRV licks with Stuart Bull. This excellent DVD will teach you some of the guitar techniques used by the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan that influenced blues guitarists worldwide!