08 January 2018

The Blues Cruise 07/01/18

  • Cuddle Up The Devil by The Fumes
  • Muddy Waters by Boogie Stuff
  • Time Has Come by Joanne Shaw Taylor
  • Outlaw by Marty Ray Project
  • Franklin by Hokie Joint
  • Matches Don’t Burn Memories by The Dr. Izzy Band
  • Ends Meet by Jane Lee Hooker
  • He’s Cool, She’s Hot by Roscoe Shelton
  • Resting In The Arms Of An Angel by Harlis Sweetwater
  • Hit The Spot by Nine Below Zero
  • Sad Song Cowboy 196 by The Milestones
  • Pride and Joy by Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Little Wing by Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Rude Mood by Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Give Me A Dollar by ’77
  • Black Night by Pat Travers
  • Living On The Good Side by Heath Green
  • Stone Woman Blues by Brain Pyramid
  • Bad Man’s Blues by Red Stone Souls
  • Get You by KillWater
  • Black Coffee by Joe Bonamassa & Beth Hart


Musician Stevie Ray Vaughn was born on October 3, 1954, in Dallas, Texas. Vaughan was at the forefront of a blues resurgence in the 1980s, bringing rock fans into the fold with a powerful, driving style of play that earned him comparisons with some of his heroes such as Jimi Hendrix, Otis Rush and Muddy Waters. His four main studio albums were critical and commercial successes, rising high on the music charts and paving the way to sold-out stadium shows across the country.Inspired by his older brother Jimmie’s guitar playing, Stevie picked up his first guitar at the age of 10, a plastic Sears toy that he loved to strum. With an exceptional ear, (Stevie never learned to read sheet music) Stevie taught himself to play the blues by the time he’d reached high school, testing his stage skills at a Dallas club any chance he could.

In 1975, Vaughan and a few others formed Triple Threat. After some reshuffling, the group was renamed Double Trouble, inspired by an Otis Rush song. With Vaughan on lead vocals, the group developed a strong fan base throughout Texas. Eventually their popularity spread outside the Lone Star State. In 1982, the group caught the attention of Mick Jagger, who invited them to play at a private party in New York City. That same year, Double Trouble performed at the Montreux Blues & Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

While there, Vaughan’s musical abilities caught the attention of David Bowie, who asked the musician to play on his upcoming album, Let’s Dance. With some commercial viability behind them, Vaughan and his bandmates were signed to a record deal with Epic, where they were put in the capable hands of legendary musician and producer, John Hammond, Sr.The resulting record, Texas Flood, did not disappoint, reaching No. 38 on the charts and catching the notice of rock stations across the country. For his part, Stevie was voted Best New Talent and Best Electric Blues Guitarist in a 1983 reader’s poll by Guitar Player Magazine. Double Trouble set off on a successful tour, and then recorded a second album, Couldn’t Stand the Weather, which climbed to No. 31 on the charts and went gold in 1985.

More records (the live album, Live Alive and then another studio collection, Soul to Soul) and more success followed. There were Grammy nominations and, in 1984, the unprecedented recognition of Vaughan by the National Blues Foundation Awards, which named him Entertainer of the Year and Blues Instrumentalist of the Year. He became the first white musician ever to receive both honors.

In the years since his untimely death, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s legend has only grown. There is no doubt that his music will continue to be played and SRV will always be considered one of te best Bluesman to have lived.

BLACK COFFEE – Joe Bonamassa & Beth Hart