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Stevie Ray Vaughan

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on 13 April 2016

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Transcript of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Biography
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musical Genre
Playing Style/Techniques
Albums/Songs
Guitars and Equiptment
Who Stevie Ray Vaughan Has Influenced
Born October 3, 1954 in Dallas, Texas
Biggest influence as a kid was his brother Jimmie Vaughan - eventually played together with the King brothers, Lonnie Mack, Buddy Guy etc. (other influences)
Playing in Dallas Blues clubs by the time he was 14 with bands including Blackbird, the Shantones and Epileptic Marshmallow
Dropped out of high school 1972 (age 17)
Moved to Texas where Jimmie lived; played in many bands before forming Double Trouble with Lou Ann Barton
Blues/Rock
He reached a much broader audience than most other blues artists
1985 - First white performer to win the W.C. Handy Blues Foundation’s Blues Entertainer of the Year award
Combined intellectual/technical skill on guitar with passion and feeling
Charismatic virtuoso
Heavy attack
Extremely well controlled vibrato
during leads would often turn gain down on amp but drive them with a pedal called a Tube Screamer
"Alternately howling and hushed string bends"
Muted string raking in solos
Speed in melodies - for emotion nuance rather than energy
Passionate, soulful and openhearted in his performnces
62/63 Fender Stratocaster with his initials SRV on the pickguard - most used guitar
favoured Fender
1981 Robin Octave Double Neck in "Pipeline" with Jimmie Vaughan
1951 Fender Telecaster given to him by Jimi Hendrix
Guitars and Equiptment (cont'd)
1964 Fender Vibroverb amp
Marshall Plexi 1959SLP 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head
Dunlop Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face pedal
Ibanez Ts9 and Ts10 Tube Screamer Effects pedals
MXR Loop Selector
VOX WahWah pedal
Texas Flood 1983
Couldn't Stand The Weather 1984
Soul To Soul 1985
In Step 1989
Family Style ft. Jimmie Vaughan 1990 (posthumous)
The Sky Is Crying 1991 (posthumous
& 36 singles including collabs with David Bowie, James Brown and Don Johnson
Biography
Barton left to go solo; Chris Layton- Drums, Tommy Shannon- Bass, Reese Wynans- Keyboard (added 1985)
First band to play unsigned, unrecorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival
David Bowie caught performance; asked Vaughan to play in his next album 1983
Collapsed on stage during English tour; sought help for cocaine and alcohol addictions - Entered treatment center in September 1986
Died in helicopter crash following a performance with Eric Clapton, Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and Jeff Healey - 1990
Era’s premier blues-rock performer (Rolling Stone)
Influenced many guitarists and bands such as John Mayer, Jeff Healey, Los Lonely Boys, etc.
Mayer says "I grew up listening to Thriller 1984, and the Footloose soundtrack... so when it came time to give Stevie Ray Vaughan a listen, it sounded like an exotic tale told in a familiar voice.. the second I heard it, I knew that it was going to mean everything."

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