Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Friday, August 26, 2005

Losing Stevie

15 years ago today, Stevie Ray Vaughan died when the helicopter he was in crashed into a fog-enshrouded embankment outside Alpine Valley, Wisconsin. With this unceremonious collision, an undeniable giant in the field of American music was forever silenced. When I heard the news that terrible day I cried like a baby, even though I was already twenty-three years old.

You see, back in the 1980's, when Boy George, Thompson Twins and Duran Duran were filling the airwaves with the frilly sounds of a slick new British invasion, Stevie Ray was busy re-writing the electric Blues guitar. He did so because he knew how to do nothing else, he lacked good looks, sound judgment or a musical pedigree. But what Stevie had in spades was TONE, that indefinable aural quality that most guitarists would sell their souls to possess.

Aside from his incredible virtuosity, Stevie Ray was known for his love of the Masters. Once he obtained worldwide fame, he took every opportunity to cite his influences. As a result he helped revive the career of many a forgotten Blues cat. Just ask Lonnie Mack, Albert King, Buddy Guy or the scores of other musicians whose work I wouldn’t own had it not been for the scrawny little force of nature known as ‘Guitar Hurricane’.

So do me a favor, if you like SRV, listen to his music today. I do, EVERYDAY - for something about this American original, this gee-tar impresario, this ugly little cat from Texas with the blistering chops speaks to me like no other musical artist on the planet. Stevie Ray Vaughan died on August 27th, 1990, but his signature sound will live on forever in the hearts and souls of millions of fiercely loyal fans. Books have been written, tribute albums recorded, and movie rights secured, but nothing has ever come close to replicating the magical abilities or the troubled genius of the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan.

14 comments:

HockeyPat said...

RIP Stevie.

As long as I have a CD player, you will always live!

Gr8ful Coach said...

The man and his music live through his fans! Make it a good day, Lenslinger, hopefully celebrating the life of a great artist.

Daisy Duke's Pool Boy said...

Our guitar player is a huge SRV fan. And we have the joy of covering SRV tunes with a guy that can match Stevie lick for lick, but we always know that SRV could do it best!!!

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Ty said...

Alot of spam up there... sad, especially in a blog about the late great SRV... love that guy. Anyways, love the post, bud, and all the others...
RIP Stevie

Anonymous said...

I tend to dissagree with you, Stevie has beautiful brown eyes, and a beautiful smile. Who knows what else??!!?? I never saw him but his DVDs are awesome. Can't get enough.

Anonymous said...

He played here in St. John's, Newfoundland ,in 1986 I believe . It is one of my life's biggest regrets tht I never went. It was only days after his father's funeral. I listen to his music everyday and I sing Pride and Joy often at karaoke. He truly inspires me and his music will live on forever. A true guitar god. I hope they make a movie about him eventually. My rgards to Jimmy and all his family .