Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan brought the Blues back to the mainstream music in the 80s and influenced a whole generation of guitar players, but tragically died in a helicopter crash at the age of 35 in 1990. Many musicians talked about the late guitarist over the decades and one of them was Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry.
What is Joe Perry’s opinion on Stevie Ray Vaughan
Joe Perry talked about the late Texan guitarist in an interview with Music Radar back in 2004 when asked if working from a ‘limited palette’ made him a better guitarist: “It’s tough to work in such a finite space and do something new and interesting. I guess that’s why there aren’t too many fresh new blues songs. But you can’t be afraid to try it.”
“I think Stevie Ray Vaughan was one of the best guitarists to get something new out that space. He knew his chops, obviously, and he’d paid his dues too. But he also wrote a lot of cool songs that crossed over into rock-land.”
“Stevie played the blues but he also wrote hits, and that’s a cool thing. Jack White from The White Stripes is doing the same thing now. He’ll play songs in concert and I guess a lot of fans won’t know what it is – it’s Son House.”
According to Joe Perry, Stevie Ray lived the Blues
In an interview with The Austin Chronicle back in 2004 he listed some of his favorite guitarists from Texas and Stevie Ray Vaughan, who was born in Dallas was one of them: “Stevie was one of the few that really captured it for me. A lot of people can imitate the blues, but very few lived it. And it came out in his playing. I’m still stunned that Stevie Ray Vaughan isn’t with us. I remember when I heard the news. I was in Barcelona, and it was just devastating. Really devastating.
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Vaughan was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He began playing guitar at the age of seven, inspired by his older brother Jimmie and dropped out of high school in 1971 and moved to Austin the following year.
Stevie played gigs with numerous bands, earning a spot in Marc Benno’s band the Nightcrawlers and later with Denny Freeman in the Cobras, with whom he continued to work through late 1977.
He then formed his own group Triple Threat Revue, but he renamed them Double Trouble after hiring drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon. He gained fame after his performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1982. His debut studio album Texas Flood charted at number 38 in 1983, a commercially successful release that sold over half a million copies. Vaughan headlined concert tours with Jeff Beck in 1989 and Joe Cocker in 1990.
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 by guitarist John Mayer, who said in his speech: “Stevie Ray Vaughan is the ultimate guitar hero”. He was the younger brother of Blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan.