Saturday, July 25, 2009

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Texas Bluesmen Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan

Janis Joplin wasn't the only contribution Texas made to the blues, as is evident from live performances by the state's most famous blues guitarists. First, Johnny Winter plays "Be Careful With A Fool" on Danish television in 1970. Don't let the strangely subdued audience detract from Winter's tasty riffs:

The late Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble perform "Texas Flood," the title song of a 1983 album. Note that, like Jimi Hendrix, one of his main influences, Vaughan wows the audience by playing behind his back at one point. Vaughan's blistering fret work is on full display:


fleud said...

I suppose you only mentioned Janis (in addition to JW and SRV) for the sake of those of your readers who have no knowledge of (the history of) the blues.

Jeff Tone said...

Fleud: I'm just trying to entertain my customers on a Saturday night-not do a dissertation on the history of the blues in Texas.