lee “likes” SRV unplugged

On August 27, 1990, I balled my eyes out, like a little child, when WMMR’s Pierre Robert announced on the radio that Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash, after a performance. (Then again, I was a little child, come to think of it.) I remember going to my bedroom, closing my door and playing SRV’s albums all night long. I drew “SRV” on my denim trapper keeper that school year, and I still have the cover of the Rolling Stone which included his tribute, hanging framed in my bedroom to this day (it doesn’t hurt that the girls from “Twin Peaks” are on it either). Everything Stevie played melted your face and brought goosebumps to your skin. I mean, even David Bowie hired him to do the infamous “Fame” guitar lick before Stevie Ray Vaughan was a big name. This MTV Unplugged performance of “Pride & Joy” is one of my absolute favorites. It’s one thing for a guitarist to wow you when he’s plugged in with all the pedals and feedback and so forth; it’s even more amazing when your jaw drops from the sounds made on an acoustic guitar — let alone a 12-string acoustic at that. Still missing ya, Stevie. Thank you for all, good sir. You made me cry, and you continue to bring tears to my face. Pure GOOSEBUMPS …


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