The Electrifying Stevie Ray Vaughan

A little tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan, who was one of the greatest electric blues guitarists


This morning, I listened to my blues playlist in iTunes. One of the songs was Hank Ballard’s Little Sister performed by Stevie Ray Vaughan. Every time I listen to Stevie, I get goose bumps. I think he was one of the most amazing electric blues guitarists.

In addition to Little Sister, which was included on Stevie’s 1985 album Soul to Soul, some my favorite tunes from him include Pride And Joy (from Texas Flood, 1983), Cold Shot (Couldn’t Stand the Weather, 1984) and Tin Pan Alley. The latter, which also appeared on the Couldn’t Stand the Weather album, is one of the best slow blues tunes ever, in my opinion.

Sadly, Stevie died in a helicopter crash in August 1990. He was only 35 years old. But his music undoubtedly continues to live on.

The other day, Guitar World had a cool clip of Stevie and Jeff Healey, playing Little Sister together back in 1987. Jeff, another terrific electric blues guitarist, also passed away in the meantime (March 2008). Check out the clip at


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