Our 7-Track Stevie Ray Vaughan Playlist
Stevie Ray Vaughan live in Montreux, 1985 - RFPRADIO.COM / Youtube
Stevie Ray Vaughan was one of the brightest stars in the blues-rock scene, reinvigorating the “dying” genre with his own twist, with the help of his band Double Trouble. Vaughan was first featured in the mainstream limelight when he played on David Bowie’s Let’s Dance catalog and then pursued his own ambitions from there, giving rock music one of its fiery virtuosos. In remembrance of the late musician, we curated a scathing playlist for you to enjoy.
“Hard To Be” – Family Style (1990)
Despite SRV’s insistent demand during his prime years, the opportunity to work with his own brother Jimmie Vaughan has never left his mind. Here the siblings play as if there was no tomorrow, which only broke hearts more considering SRV’s untimely demise before the catalog was even released.
“Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)” – Couldn’t Stand The Weather (1984)
Only a few people had the right to wield Jimi Hendrix’s music, and even fewer were blessed with the skill to nail, if not surpass it. SRV’s rendition of the Hendrix classic places emphasis on accuracy while giving it that Vaughan wail altogether.
“Love Struck Baby” – Texas Flood (1983)
The stellar Texas Flood catalog greeted listeners with a blistering 2-minute performance of “Love Struck Baby”, immediately setting the mood for a blues-rock atmosphere. Vaughan doesn’t flinch in delivering this indulgent, quacky masterpiece, weaving every note in a distinct and musical manner.
“Cold Shot” – Couldn’t Stand The Weather (1984)
SRV chills things down with “Cold Shot”, giving listeners the luxury and discomfort with his contrasting hues of tones in the arrangement. The master guitarist easily wills his emotions into the instrument, with the performance being sublime to the core.
“Look At Little Sister” – Soul To Soul (1985)
The Hank Ballard original was given a twist by SRV and Double Trouble, and is surprisingly lighter than most of his songs by letting the piano parts shine through. Vaughan also effortlessly evokes the blues with his vocals on the track, his natural affinity for the style shining through.
“Change It” – Soul To Soul (1985)
The upbeat quality of “Change It” highlight’s SRV’s effortless flow as a musician and vocalist, scathing the audience with his fiery guitar work and impassioned vocal delivery. This track is what sets SRV apart from any rocker of his era, or any rocker in the history of music, for that matter.
“Pride And Joy” – Texas Flood (1983)
Pure blues and nothing else, that’s what “Pride And Joy” is. Vaughan lays down the cornerstone of the craft by weaving one of the genre’s staples into an intricate but absorbable pattern.