Former Philharmonic Music Director Zubin Mehta joined us in the radio room this afternoon to...
I discovered SRV on my everlasting trip to explore what makes the blues what it is. As I moved away from the traditional roots of the blues I started to discover the electrified blues and then found a band called Double Trouble. They had the sounds of three or four guitarists but I was amazed to find it only had one and he went by the name Stevie Ray Vaughan. I had to look deeper into this man’s work, so I started to search for through his discography. I was surprised to find that he had played the lead guitar parts on David Bowie’s ‘Just Dance’ and had played with all the great Blues musicians such as B B King, Albert King, Eric Clapton and more.
I started to buy everything he has ever brought out, whether it was on CD, vinyl or DVD. I had to have it and study it to the maximum of my potential, watching everything he did and desperately trying to keep up with him. I wanted to discover what made him stand out from the rest. I discovered that he used heavy gauge strings on his guitar to give him a fuller sound and this is very impressive to me especially, as when he bends the strings it is with so much ease. Being a blues guitarist myself, I can tell you that it really is not that easy! I discovered an album recently of SRV playing with the legendary Albert King. It was so good I had to buy the DVD to see how he was doing the things that come through on the album. No matter how much I watch it I can’t keep up! I’d recommend the album to everyone.
SRV in my opinion is one of the most natural and fluid white blues musicians that ever lived. He holds an amazing tone, guitar control and his own take on the blues, adding that little bit of Texas to his songs that separates him from the rest of the white blues players out there. Sadly on the 27th August 1990 he died in a helicopter crash in Alpine valley after playing a concert with Eric Clapton. In my opinion it only leaves one question and that is, how good would SRV be if he was still alive today?!
Submitted by Lee Evatt