It’s been most­ly gen­tle and so­phis­ti­cat­ed around here re­cent­ly. Let’s turn to Texas and fix that; Pride and Joy, by Ste­vie Ray Vaugh­an, is about the sim­plest blues holler you can imag­ine, with a hap­py mes­sage and some smokin’ hot gui­tar.

Wow, Ste­vie Ray has been dead for 28 years. The last time I saw him feels like yes­ter­day; it was just weeks be­fore his death. Ste­vie Ray had man­aged to achieve so­bri­ety af­ter a lot of years of hard par­ty­ing; like many sober ad­dict­s, he’d got­ten to the point where the al­ter­na­tive was a coffin. Any­how, that night when I saw him, he made a touch­ing lit­tle speech about be­ing sober, and how you had to take of your­self to be there for the peo­ple you love. A pity he got on that he­li­copter.

I loved al­most ev­ery mo­ment of ev­ery one of his record­ings, be­cause of the love­ly gui­tar sound, the rockin’ blues stripped of ev­ery­thing but the bare es­sen­tial­s, and then the es­sen­tials turned up to eleven.

Al­so, he was just a cool guy, with a cool ac­cent and a cool im­age; and great fun on stage, nev­er hold­ing any­thing back.

Texas Flood

Pride and Joy is on Texas Flood, maybe my fave SRV al­bum. The ti­tle track and Tin Pan Al­ley are my per­son­al high­light­s, but I felt like some­thing up­tem­po and a lit­tle rude to­day. Old-fashioned sen­ti­ments to be sure, but per­haps not en­tire­ly out of place: “You mess with her, you’ll see a man get mean.”

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. This tune on Ama­zon, iTunes, Spo­ti­fy. Live video from the El Mo­com­bo!


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From: Lex Jansen (Feb 08 2018, at 05:16)

Nice choice, and great that you mention Tin Pan Alley. Do listen Jimmy Wilson’s version, recorded at Eddie Shuler’s Goldband Record with the whole band around a single microphone.

MP3 at:

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