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On 8/6/2019 at 11:01 AM, SwanderedTalent said:

Stevie soundchecking at Ardent Studios. I don't know when this was but it's after he sobered up. I think they recorded Family Style there, so I guess 1990 but I don't know off the top of my head if he recorded there any other time between '87 and the Family Style session. 

 

there's a part 2 of this!

 

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10 hours ago, tbone_ said:

Ok, what’s that backstory on that?

honestly don't know other than "I had few things to do and much time in which to do them" yesterday and got sucked into searching Pinterest for SRV pictures

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I didn't learn a lot from the new SRV biography that I didn't already know. It did include a ton of photos I hadn't seen thanks to the fact that the authors had great access to Jimmie Vaughan and others close to Stevie. 

But I did get one itch scratched: I always wondered why the concert at Carnegie Hall had an audio recording but not video. And the answer is that Stevie's record label was all set to record the performance to film but decided at the last minute to save the $15,000 it would have cost to go through with recording it. 

Fuck you CBS Records!

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What’s the story with that guitar?

I mean other than I hope that it gave its consent.


Revisiting this thread.

That guitar is a Hamiltone made by James Hamilton that was given to Stevie by Billy Gibbons. It’s in the “Couldn’t Stand The Weather” music video with the old active pickups and amber knobs.

Two piece body and three piece neck thru design. Interesting stuff.

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On 9/10/2019 at 5:10 PM, tbone_ said:

Shoulda spent some of that savings on audio recording. It doesn’t sound that great to me.

 

Maybe but wasn't Stevie's recording one of the first done after they screwed up Carnegie Hall's acoustics because of a renovation?

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So I watched the Steve Ray doc Lonestar tonight again for about the dozenth time.

I say the same thing every time when it ends.

God fucking dammit.

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this is my new favorite Stevie Ray clip of all time-- his strap comes loose, and you get to see both the totally-human "oh shit" face, and also the guitar-god recovery and grin after his tech does a quick fix

 

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5 minutes ago, tbone_ said:

That’s cool.

 

So did you get the deeper cab?

No, I play a Vox combo these days.

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I saw him play at Contental Club a few years ago. He had some boutique brand combo set on a table on-stage laying on it's back so the speaker was pointed at the ceiling. Sounded great.

He played the 1st set, then invited a guest guitar player up and spent the rest of the evening dancing with a woman I assumed to be his partner.

If I recall correctly, Foggy came and hung out that evening.

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4 hours ago, AnotherUTFan said:

I saw him play at Contental Club a few years ago. He had some boutique brand combo set on a table on-stage laying on it's back so the speaker was pointed at the ceiling. Sounded great.

He played the 1st set, then invited a guest guitar player up and spent the rest of the evening dancing with a woman I assumed to be his partner.

If I recall correctly, Foggy came and hung out that evening.

And then Foggy worked out a deal and bought his gear. 

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i had never considered how old he was when he died...was a little shocked that he was only 35. always assumed he was in his mid 40's. 

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From the first time I heard Texas Flood, the way I 'wanted' to play and what I wanted to listen to was forever changed. 

Edited by noharleyyet

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From the first time I heard Texas Flood, the way I 'wanted' to play and what I wanted to listen to was forever changed. 

Yep. This right here.

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I vividly remember sitting in my apartment off of Clayton and Cameron when the news broke.  My roommate and I just sat there quietly for a few minutes.  He broke the silence with....

 

"Well, we're going to get fucking drunk tonight.  Let's go downtown."  And get drunk we did. 

That was one hangover I didnt mind having.

Edited by Macanudo

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First time I heard Stevie was on a visit to Austin in spring 1985.  I had already done a semester here in 1982, but left because UT was just too big for me.  By the time I was looking at grad schools, UT made a ton of sense. 

I met up with some friends I had met during my first stint, and four of us went out to City Park in Vince Kluth's beater Oldsmobile.  He had one of the SRV records on 8-track and we rocked that thing all the way to the water and back.  It was already hot as balls and something about the heat, that record and the dusty roads made an indelible imprint on my memory.  I was hooked.

After my visit I went back to Missouri to finish my undergrad, and immediately went to the only record shop in town to buy the first two SRV records.  Nope.  "Who?"  I told the shop owner what I had heard, and he ordered the records for me.  He also ordered a few for the shop.  When I went in to pick my vinyl up a couple of weeks later, he just raved "holy shit, this guy is AWESOME, how did you find out about him???".  Mid-80s, rural Missouri, pre-internet, it was tough to pick up on everything one might read in Rolling Stone, etc.  I introduced SRV to that sleepy little college town, and I am very proud of that fact.

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14 hours ago, jimmyjazz said:

First time I heard Stevie was on a visit to Austin in spring 1985.  I had already done a semester here in 1982, but left because UT was just too big for me.  By the time I was looking at grad schools, UT made a ton of sense. 

I met up with some friends I had met during my first stint, and four of us went out to City Park in Vince Kluth's beater Oldsmobile.  He had one of the SRV records on 8-track and we rocked that thing all the way to the water and back.  It was already hot as balls and something about the heat, that record and the dusty roads made an indelible imprint on my memory.  I was hooked.

After my visit I went back to Missouri to finish my undergrad, and immediately went to the only record shop in town to buy the first two SRV records.  Nope.  "Who?"  I told the shop owner what I had heard, and he ordered the records for me.  He also ordered a few for the shop.  When I went in to pick my vinyl up a couple of weeks later, he just raved "holy shit, this guy is AWESOME, how did you find out about him???".  Mid-80s, rural Missouri, pre-internet, it was tough to pick up on everything one might read in Rolling Stone, etc.  I introduced SRV to that sleepy little college town, and I am very proud of that fact.

....much the same...intro'd a few old high school buddies to TF during a weekend trip back to my small hometown. Was pretty easy to read 'drugs' on their faces but they came around. From Merle or the Stones to Stevie was a big jump in my circles. 

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On 8/27/2020 at 7:13 PM, noharleyyet said:

From the first time I heard Texas Flood, the way I 'wanted' to play and what I wanted to listen to was forever changed. 

You and 90% of Austin guitarists for the next 20 years, much to the detriment of the Austin music scene. 

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2 hours ago, Deej said:

You and 90% of Austin guitarists for the next 20 years, much to the detriment of the Austin music scene. 

Yeah, Austin didn't crank out any artists of quality between 1983-2003 that weren't white boy blues rock wankers.

What?

The Reivers, Shawn Colvin, Abra Moore, Bad Mutha Goose, Timbuk 3, Cotton Mather, MC Overlord, Bobby Schneider, True Believers, Spoon, Charlie Sexton, Fastball, Sister 7, Sixteen Deluxe, Dynamite Hack, Storyville, Dale Watson, Don Walser, Arc Angels

A couple of those are getting close, but even if we go with the SRV acolytes, I'd hardly say Ian Moore and Chris Duarte damaged the local music scene.

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I just knew a bunch of dudes that tried to be Stevie. Bars gsve them gigs. Many more artists deserving of those spots. 

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I wonder what it felt like to know you were the best there ever was and best there ever will be at something.

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