Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble, Couldn’t Stand The Weather (1984)
This wasn’t the first Stevie Ray Vaughan album I ever heard (that was In Step) but this was my introduction to SRV; specifically the song/video for Cold Shot. My brother showed me it – he had found it on something we’d videoed late at night (possibly an episode of The Young Ones). I fell in love with Stevie Ray Vaughan and his sound right then and there. And I bought In Step. And then we went to Australia for a family holiday and I found Couldn’t Stand The Weather. Loved it. And from there I bought everything. I wrote about Stevie Ray Vaughan last year, the 20th anniversary of his death. I was so sad when I heard about that crash – he was my favourite musician at that time. And it felt so cruel/sad as I had only just discovered him. That’s a feeling I’ve never had again – that feeling of hurt and of ownership and of feeling hard done by because of a musician’s passing. Thinking straight away and instantly and only of all the music he wouldn’t get to make and that I therefore wouldn’t get to hear. Funnily enough it’s not In Step that brings those thoughts back – it’s always Couldn’t Stand The Weather. So much to love about this album, the killer title track, the cover of Voodoo Chile, that Cold Shot song (and video) and the ripping intro that is Scuttle Buttin’. A solid album from start to finish from a solid (great) player; SRV was (for me) very much the real deal: a performer and entertainer, a man who lived and breathed guitar and music – I loved his voice and I think he was going to head in a very interesting soul/R’n’B direction. We’ll never know.
Sample Track: The Things (That) I Used To Do
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