Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What's the BFD?

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 3:39 PM

Stevie Ray Vaughan—why do people give a shit about this guy? Somebody posted tracks on YouTube from the unreleased album that Double Trouble recorded here in Nashville with Cowboy Jack Clement in '78. I watched 'em in hopes that maybe this would be the occasion where it "clicked" and I would finally understand why people get so excited about the Patron Saint of Boring Bar Bands. Wrong. After giving it a good earnest effort, I still don't see what the big fucking deal is. Sure, he can play guitar alright, but the songs are some of the most tepid, generic excuses for blues that were ever wrought to vinyl. There's no soul at all in the tunes, and even the involvement of one of my all time favorite record-biz crazies, Cowboy Jack, didn't seem to elevate them beyond the "Dad and his friends are drunk in the basement, again" vibe. Will Somebody please explain what the hell I'm missing here?

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