August 28, 1990 |
Stevie Ray Vaughan, whose stinging style brought him Grammys and made him one of the world's leading blues guitarists, was killed yesterday when his helicopter crashed into a man-made hillside near this southern Wisconsin town, authorities said. Also killed in the crash were the copter's pilot and three of British rock star Eric Clapton's close friends - Clapton's agent Bobby Brooks, bodyguard Nigel Browne and aide Colin Smythe. The pilot has been identified as Jeff Brown of East Chicago, Ind. Clapton, Vaughan and guitarists Robert Cray and Buddy Guy had appeared together at an all-star rock-and-blues concert attended by 30,000 people at the outdoor Alpine Valley Music Center and had left after the show for Chicago in four chartered Bell 206 helicopters.
January 11, 1987 |
On his studio albums, blues guitarist-singer Stevie Ray Vaughan has made skillful but rather chilly, self-conscious music. His new in-concert double album Live Alive (Epic ), however, is another matter. These recordings, culled from four performances from Vaughan's most recent tour, display him and his band, Double Trouble, in a loose but adventurous mood, tearing through songs as various as Hank Ballard's "Look at Little Sister" and Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile" with blithe abandon.
August 28, 1990 |
Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Texas blues guitarist who died in a helicopter crash yesterday, was a slow-talkin' Southerner who lived and breathed the blues both in his music, with its trademark flurries of searing, hard-edged guitar lines, and in his life as an itinerant musician, with its seemingly inevitable bouts with alcohol and drugs. Vaughan, 35, who had only recently met up with Eric Clapton on the English guitar legend's current U.S. tour, emerged from the fertile Austin, Texas, club scene in the mid-'70s.
September 26, 1990 |
I've been eagerly awaiting a couple of first-degree blues burners to devastate the landscape. One was Philly fave Tommy Conwell's second major label album. It's a set I'd hoped would capture more of the raw, blues rock excitement witnessed in Conwell's mesmerizing, walking-on-the-tables live performances. The other was a once-in a-lifetime (literally) album pairing of Stevie Ray Vaughan and his brother Jimmie. Years in the talking, but only weeks in the making, this collaboration was intended as a radical career move away from the brothers' own groups (Stevie's Double Trouble, Jimmie's Fabulous Thunderbirds)
May 19, 2000 |
Though his albums have built him a reputation as one of the most exciting young guitarists to emerge from the Chicago blues scene in some time, Melvin Taylor is still not as well-known in his homeland as he should be. Until the current U.S. tour that is bringing him to Philadelphia this weekend, the singer-guitarist had performed only in Europe and on his home turf on the Windy City's West Side. On his latest CD, Bang That Bell (Evidence), Taylor again offers a thrilling combination of incendiary technique and soul-deep feeling, stretching the boundaries of the blues to take in elements of jazz, funk and rock.
March 26, 2013 |
They were guitar gods of the highest order, and Duane Allman and Stevie Ray Vaughan each revitalized American music in his own way before dying far too young. Two new releases - the seven-CD Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective and the two-CD, 30th-anniversary reissue of Vaughan's Texas Flood - remind us of their enduring brilliance and power. Duane Allman is best-known as the founder of the Allman Brothers Band, the group that pretty much invented and then transcended Southern rock with its adventurous amalgam of rock, blues, country, jazz, and soul.
April 8, 1988 |
Ladies and gentlemen, it's blues time in Philadelphia. Wednesday night at the Tower Theater, Stevie Ray Vaughan, a guitar strangler from Texas, will lead his band, Double Trouble, through a set that will conjure up work from guitarists as far afield as Freddie King and Jimi Hendrix. Vaughan, whose older brother Jimmie holds down lead guitar duties for the Fabulous Thunderbirds, is today's hotshot of choice for blues fans who put more credence in guitar solos than in singing. Chicago blues will be featured tomorrow night at the Chestnut Cabaret when Junior Wells and Buddy Guy show how it's done on the South Side of the Windy City.
April 27, 1988 |
It's a sad commentary that Stevie Wonder needs MTV more than MTV needs Stevie Wonder. This wondrous superstar has been written off by soul radio for cranking out too many middle-of-the-road ballads like "I Just Called to Say I Love You," while MOR radio, ironically, has rejected his most recent album, "Characters," for being too hard-rocking. And by and large, Wonder's always been too black and too funky for the narrow minds who program and tune in album-rock radio. So what's a Wonder to do?
November 9, 1989 |
Fighting a case of the flu, legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck did not return to the stage for a highly anticipated jam session with fellow axman Stevie Ray Vaughan at the end of the pair's double-billed Spectrum show Tuesday night. Despite a pre-performance announcement of the jam by WMMR-FM (93.3) disc jockey Michael Tearson, Beck - who opened the concert with an hour-long instrumental set - failed to reappear after Vaughan's spotlighted 70 minutes. Epic Records spokesman Vivian Piazza confirmed reports that Beck had been suffering from the flu, and contradicted previous publicity that the jam was intended to be fixture of the Beck-Vaughan tour.
May 24, 1988 |
Robert Plant is one of the great players of air guitar. Of course, he's had plenty of practice - he spent the '70s singing with Led Zeppelin, the '80s trying to establish a rock identity distinct from the heaviest of metal groups. But these days, with every Tom, Dick, and Whitesnake capitalizing on the Zeppelin sound, Plant has decided to protect his turf. The show he brought to the Spectrum last night, much like his recent Now and Then LP, was as much about celebrating the singer's past as presenting a new sound.