Happy Tuesday Metalheads!
This week’s Tuesday Bluesday pick is Elmore James with his song ‘The Sky Is Crying’ – which was later covered by Stevie Ray Vaughan. For those of you not in the know, Tuesday Bluesday honors the great blues artists that helped pave Metal’s path. Whether you like blues music or not, you gotta give credit where it’s due. And without these classic blues artists we would not have the Metal we know today.
Blues has played an important role in the evolution of Metal, so every Tuesday we will highlight one Blues artist to focus on as a little tribute to those who helped pave Metal’s path.
You might already be familiar with the song ‘Texas Flood’ – as it was made very popular by Stevie Ray Vaughan. However, many are oblivious to the fact that ‘Texas Flood’ was actually a cover song and originally recorded by Larry Davis in 1958.
So, here is the original version for you to check out (complete with that vinyl listening experience).
On this day in 1990, we lost an amazing guitarist…Stevie Ray Vaughan. He was tragically killed in a helicopter crash shortly after a jam with Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and his brother Jimmie Vaughan at the Alpine Valley Music Center in East Troy, Wisconsin.
Now, I know SRV isn’t Metal. However, Metal is very deeply rooted in Blues. Without this genre there would be no Black Sabbath, no AC/DC, no Thin Lizzy, no Led Zeppelin, etc etc. Besides, any guitarist who doesn’t like SRV has their head so far up their ass that they could eat their own heart. Just listen to the guitar solo in Lamb Of God’s “Set to Fail” – it’s incredibly bluesy.
So let’s take a moment to honor this great legend….shall we?
R.I.P. Stevie Ray Vaughan