Love Struck Baby, by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of their first album launch (January will see a special edition commemorating the achievement), today we will talk about a Texas band, and one of their most beloved artists.
Stevie Ray Vaughan (often referred just by his initials SRV) was born in Dallas, but it wasnít until he moved to Austin that he started making a name for himself, collaborating and being part of bands like Blackbird, Cobras, or Triple Threat Revue... this last band was the one that later would become Double Trouble in 1978.
Four years later, they participated in the Jazz Festival of Montreuz in Switzerland. The performance was not well received (they were booed by the crowd attending the event), but it caught the attention of three important people: David Bowie, Jackson Browne and produced John Hammond, with whom they were able to record their debut album: Texas Flood (1983).
The band style is a peculiar mixture of Classic Rock, Blues and Jazz, all of it salted with Stevie Ray Vaughanís electric guitar. That style can be heard in this Love Struck Baby, or in other tunes with long guitar solos like Lenny, Testify or Mary Had a Little Lamb.
Sadly, Vaughan died in a plane crash when he was only 35 years old. In his last concert, he shared the stage with Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, and his brother Jimmie Vaughan. They were introduced as "the best guitarists in the whole world," an assertion that may seem excessive, but not so much if we take into account that in 2003 music magazine Rolling Stone published a list of the 100 best guitarists with Guy 30th, Vaughan 7th, and Clapton in number 4.
Article published on December 12, 2012.
This article has been modified since its original publication.