I remember being 17 when I was first introduced to the genius of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. My friend Carl picked me up in his 73 Nova with some incredible sounds blasting out of the dash. He had it so loud the distortion had the inner car mouldings vibrating like jack hammer. “Mary Had a Little Lamb” I think was playing at the time…this being one of the tracks from “Texas Flood” – Stevie’s debut record. For someone who was caught up in the nostalgia of older Led Zeppelin at the time, I was quite literally speechless hearing SRV for the first time. I mean the guy played like Jimi Hendrix, and while I had been exposed to lots of blues music, nobody I had heard before sounded anything like SRV. Such a tragedy that we would lose Stevie at such a young age.
This Saturday would have been Stevie’s 55th birthday. Dan Akroyd (aka “Elwood Blues) has a special one-hour tribute planned for this week’s edition of the HOUSE OF BLUES – featuring guests Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Stevie’s older brother Jimmy. HOUSE OF BLUES airs at 9pm Sunday night exclusively on 92 CITI FM.