Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Texas Flood (1983)
This must have been – at least – the third album I heard/knew by Stevie Ray Vaughan and, therefore, probably the first that I bought (on tape, to begin with) after he died. Oh man, I was so cut up. I was like 13. And I’d just discovered him. And he was it. The real fucking deal. And then I heard the news about his death – and I didn’t get out of bed that day. True story. Okay, so it was school holidays and I had that luxury. But in all seriousness – I was cut up. It really hit me. I did know his version of Mary Had A Little Lamb before hearing this album, but mostly I knew about him because of his work with David Bowie and because my brother had put me onto the Cold Shot video which, to this day, I love. I have all the SRV records. All of ‘em. And though I don’t play them so much these days I’d never part with them. And I know them note by note. And that dude’s music was it. And he fucking moved me, man. His playing knocked me out. I never knew him. But I really miss him. Whenever I hear his records I miss him – miss that he’s not around. He had so much (yet) to give. So much at his fingertips. Anyone disputing that is wrong. There’s your fact for today. Enjoy that.
Sample Track: Love Struck Baby
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