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  posted on 6/13/2018 at 05:31 PM

Today is the 35th anniversary of the release of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Flood. Here's the story of its creation: http://bit.ly/2JJAJWo

 

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  posted on 6/13/2018 at 05:48 PM
Monster album. Monster player. One of my all time favorites. He didnt just play the music...he WAS the music. Just wouldn’t look right to see a photo of him without a guitar in his hands. As much as I liked Hendrix, SRV was a step ahead in his live performances.
 

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It made me feel really good to hear real music again [when this record came out 1982 or 83] and gave me hope for the future. it was a bad time for music, SRV saved the day!................ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIgZ7gMze7A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHg-KPrGcuU





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Alan, thanks for reminding us. So many of our musical heros are gone now.We cruised around to Texas Flood the entire summer of '83 in disbelief that some of this caliber was carrying on the blues tradition. Little did we know the renassaince of blues music this would trigger.

Was lucky enough to to see him at the Spectrum with Jeff Beck in '89. Passed up the show at the Mann in the summer of 90, thinking I'll see him next time. Never made that mistake again. Second best guitarist of all time in my opinion.


 

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The summer of '83 I was working in a state park, miles from civilization. I got a phone call from my best buddy
who had moved to Houston. I'll never forget that call. He told me to go get an lp entitled 'Texas Flood', by a
young, hot shot guitarist from Austin named Stevie Ray Vaughn. I had no way to play an lp, as I was living in
a cabin for the summer. I asked the clerk at the 'Listening Booth' if he would play at least one side for me.
He smiled and was happy to oblige. Wow! I couldn't believe someone had the musical balls to put out a such
an lp in 1983. I also immediately thought to myself maybe there was still a chance the ABB, my favorite band,
had a chance to survive and thrive playing blues music.


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Thanks Alan. Your article brings back many great memories of the summer of '83. A good friend had just returned from a west coast vacation with Texas Flood in hand. The album was being played there long before we heard it in Pennsylvania. It was a thrill to hear some scorching electric blues after years of being subjected to disco, techno and punk.
We were very fortunate to see SRV & Double Trouble many times in the Cleveland, Pittsburgh area over the next few years.
We were on the way home from a Cleveland ABB show in August 1990 when we heard the terrible news on the radio.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2018 at 10:09 PM
Thanks for the read. Stevie absolutely kills it! If y'all haven't see it yet, check out "Live at El Maocambo". It catches SRV right before he hits it really big playing a club. Definitely worth a watch. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=i5sqJNFFwqc
 

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  posted on 6/13/2018 at 10:30 PM
I was living in Houston.

My wife worked the box office for Rockefeller's club.

Stevie played there on a regular basis.

I never could see him there, he always played the weekends and I was a rock and roll bartender on the other side of town.

I paid my bills with the tips from the weekends.

After she and I split up I was able to see Stevie open for The Who in the Astrodome, my only SRV concert.

He blew them off the stage.

I regret not seeing him more than once.

 

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Thanks all for sharing your story. Glad to see the interest in Stevie. In the next few months I'll be able to share a lot more info on the project I've been working hard on.

Ron, Rockefeller's is the first place Tommy Shannon played with Stevie, making it a very important place.

 

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Alan, thanks for sharing. Only saw Stevie once at the Spectrum with Jeff Beck in November of 89. Had the chance to see him at the Mann in the summer of 90. Said I would see him the next time. Never made that mistake again.
Can't wait to see what you write about him.

To me he was my guitar hero, opened my eyes to the blues music scene. As an aside, after he passed, I saw the Arc Angles at 23 east in Philly. That was our introduction to Doyle Bramhall II. Quite the musician he's turned out to be. Litttle did I know the impact he would have on Clapton and Derek. Small world it seems.

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Alan, thanks for sharing. Only saw Stevie once at the Spectrum with Jeff Beck in November of 89. Had the chance to see him at the Mann in the summer of 90. Said I would see him the next time. Never made that mistake again.
Can't wait to see what you write about him.

To me he was my guitar hero, opened my eyes to the blues music scene. As an aside, after he passed, I saw the Arc Angles at 23 east in Philly. That was our introduction to Doyle Bramhall II. Quite the musician he's turned out to be. Litttle did I know the impact he would have on Clapton and Derek. Small world it seems.

Hope to catch up with you at Peach Fest.


Saw the Arc Angels very early on.

Played at KLOL's charity auction that we attended every year.

 

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Thanks all for sharing your story. Glad to see the interest in Stevie. In the next few months I'll be able to share a lot more info on the project I've been working hard on.

Ron, Rockefeller's is the first place Tommy Shannon played with Stevie, making it a very important place.




He would also play Fitzgerald's but Rockefeller's was his main Houston venue.

That show he opened for the Who?

Parts of Join Together ( Who Box release) was taped there and I have my picture in the booklet as we had second row seats.

 

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Hey PhotoRon, I believe that show at the time was advertised as "The Biggest Party in Texas" by some beer company with Randy Quaid doing commercials for it. The Fabulous Thunderbirds, SRV, and the Who played in the Astrodome, but there were also free shows in the parking lot. I didn't have tickets for the Done show but went to the free concerts outside. I remember the T birds played a set outside and I believe even Stevie did a couple of songs. Good times. I was lucky enough to see SRV several times, Sam Houston Coliseum, Farm Aid 2, and the last time about a month before he passed away at Cynthia Woods Pavillion w/ Joe Cocker. He was definitely one of the greats in my opinion and certainly missed.
 

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Ron - I stand corrected. It was Rockefeller's where Tommy first played with them.

 

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I spent a two weeks in Houston in 1980 and saw at least 5 shows at Rockefeller's. Roy Buchanan,
Little Charlie and the Nightcats, The Nighthawks, and a few others. Great venue. Went to Gilley's too, which was a happenin' place back then.

 

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Thank you Alan. Another great read. I need to pull that out again.

It's hard to overestimate how much SRV bucked the trends of the '80s. Not too many blues influenced rockers of the '60s and early '70s fared too well in the 1980s. Some classic artists put out some pretty embarrassing music. SRV stayed the course and very much kept the blues alive that opened the door for the Allman Brothers, Little Feat and others to come back plus the great roots/jam rock revival of the early 1990s (Black Crowes, Horde et al).

I was lucky to see SRV & Double Trouble once....in summer 1988. I should have taken advantage of my other opportunities.

 

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It was so refreshing and exciting to hear and discover Stevie. The first time a saw him I realised not only how powerful Stevie was but how good a hot sounding Strat sounds on blues and blues/rock. Sometimes I think a hot Strat's tone may be better than a Les Paul. Steve did for blues based rock what the Allman Brothers did during the Duane period.

 

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Thanks for the read.

Got the chance to meet him a number of times and one of my good friends was real close to him. As awesome as he was at the guitar, he was a real nice guy and just loved music. My buddy was so sad when he died.

Stevie was in Montreal quite often. My most memorable meeting was a sad day for him. Same day as he buried his Dad.

From Wiki

"After attending his funeral, Vaughan immediately flew to Montreal for a performance in Jarry Park, which was reportedly the highest paying show for the band at the time. A fan recalls the Montreal concert: "He played for a solid two hours and never said a word to the crowd until he came back for an encore and said, 'This one's for you, daddy.' I was in the front row that night, and many times during the set he was crying while playing. I will never forget that performance."

There are no words for the mood backstage that day. I may have seen him play better but I don't know if it ever came close emotionally. He was playing for Dad and don't think he even knew that the crowd was there.

Beyond emotionally. An evening I will never forget and still get a similar feeling just remembering it.

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@CanadianMule - I want to write a bit more about that day than we currently have. You up for an interview?

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Hey PhotoRon, I believe that show at the time was advertised as "The Biggest Party in Texas" by some beer company with Randy Quaid doing commercials for it. The Fabulous Thunderbirds, SRV, and the Who played in the Astrodome, but there were also free shows in the parking lot. I didn't have tickets for the Done show but went to the free concerts outside. I remember the T birds played a set outside and I believe even Stevie did a couple of songs. Good times. I was lucky enough to see SRV several times, Sam Houston Coliseum, Farm Aid 2, and the last time about a month before he passed away at Cynthia Woods Pavillion w/ Joe Cocker. He was definitely one of the greats in my opinion and certainly missed.


The free shows were at the Astro Hall and the parking lot.

We saw Jerry Jeff Walker, Asleep at the Wheel, the T-Birds outdoor set with SRV for a couple songs.

I think local favorite Shake Russell also played along with a bunch of regional acts.

The yellow SRV box set has at least one song from the Dallas World's biggest Party.

At one time I had found a torrent for the Houston show but the sound was awful and the torrent was incomplete.

Miller lite sponsored it, I'd put up the sticker I had from it but I haven't paid the photobucket ransom yet for third party hosting.

Amazing day of music.

On the bus back to the satellite parking lot my ex-wife was seated across the aisle from us.

She was a huge Who fan and her jaw hit the floor when I told her we had second row seats.

 

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