I've finally came around to checking out Stevie Ray Vaughan
's music. I mean, more in-depth, since I've obviously heard the guy before, only until now it had been just bits and pieces, here and there.
Yesterday I've found a 3 CD box collection in my favourite store, featuring the first three albums by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
: Texas Flood
, Couldn't Stand The Weather
and Soul To Soul
. It didn't take me very long to convince myself to buy it. :)
I have to admit, though -- I'm not a huge fan of blues. Most of the time I get tired quickly and after a while it feels like I'm listening to the same song over and over again.
And I wouldn't be perfectly honest with you if I said that it's been totally different with SRV.
However, it was at least a *bit* different this time. Yes, the song structure is still 'tried and true' (i.e: boring), the vocals can be a bit cheesy sometimes, but this time there's a whole layer of SRV's guitar work to dive into. And it's a really deep ride.
As an aspiring guitar player myself, I can't help but notice SRV's technique, expressiveness and, probably most importantly, imagination. It's easy to get carried away by the solos and suddenly think: "how the hell did he get there?" Definitely a piece of music to be inspired by, especially when the musical framework is so simple.
As for technique, SRV's phrasing seems easier to get than Hendrix's, but still way out of my league. :) And it all gets even more ridiculous when you keep in mind his string gauge and realize that the guy is playing some pretty fast bending licks. Although that is something that you can get used to, if you practice a lot, I guess.
Anyway, I still can't see myself as a huge fan of this music. I will, however, definitely go back to these three records. Maybe not as often as to my favourite artists, but those three CDs I bought yesterday are keepers. And I can't help but wonder what Stevie would play like today, if he were still alive.
As a sidenote, it's really funny how Scuttle Buttin'
sounds very much like Steve Vai's Jibboom
. Obviously, it's actually the other way around, plus it's intentional, since Jibboom is a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan.
But until now I only knew this as a learned fact, and not something that you can actually feel and appreciate. :)