Today's the anniversary of the death of Stevie Ray Vaughn 13 years ago in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin. Stevie is, in this man's opinion, the greatest blues guitarists ever.* Mike Rhyner, today on the Ticket, made a good point about Stevie, something to the effect that he was probably the last to genuinely channel Jimi Hendrix, and damn if I don't agree with that. I still get goosebumps when I catch one of his songs on the radio. I hardly ever play any of his CDs, just because it seems like I've always got something newer or more pressing to listen to. But they are in the truck for those times I need me some SRV. I've never heard anyone like him, not before and not since.
Picture from Celebrity 8x10s
Here's an excellent fan site, with a page on Stevie's guitars that I'm eating up right now.
Dean Esmay was good enough to point me to this release, which I'd never heard of: In Session, with Stevie and Albert King jamming live in the studio. So, someday soon, I'll have me some new Stevie to listen to. YEEHAW!
* That's an argument that could go on forever. Feel free to start one.