Stevie Ray Vaughn

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughn
There are dozens of sites setup that detail Stevie Ray Vaughan's life. From the beginning, to his big break at Montreux Blues and Jazz Festival, the rise to fame, the battle with drug and alcohol addictions to his untimely death. So I wanted this page to be more about what I find so inspiring about the man and his music.

Stevie Ray Vaughn
In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked SRV as the 8th greatest guitarist of all time. But for me, if Jimi Hendrix is #1, SRV is #1a.

Stevie Ray Vaughn
I never saw Stevie perform live in person, I am not even sure his music was being played much in the mid to late 80’s on the west coast. But at some point I heard one of his classics like ‘The House is Rockin’, ‘Cold Shot’ or ‘Cross Fire’ (check out the later 2 in the Sound Stage) and I was hooked. You hear him play those and you realize talent wise, he could play with anybody. But it's not just that he was such a phenomenal guitarist, it’s how he played. Listening to ‘Pride and Joy’ in the Sound Stage, you’ll realize as Dan Forte wrote, "He doesn't just play his guitar; he mauls it. ....

All this did was just make me want to hear more of his music. And then I stumbled upon ‘Riviera Paradise’. For me, this is the quintessential Stevie Ray Vaughan. You don’t just listen to this song, you experience it. Stevie played from his heart and soul and that comes though in this piece of music as you can truly feel the emotions of his playing. If you haven’t already done so, go experience this song for yourself in the Sound Stage.

If you've never heard a Stevie Ray Vaughan song before, do you're self a favor and go checkout what's playing in the Sound Stage, I think you'll be glad you did!