Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Retro Video of the Week: "Cold Shot" by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

25 years ago tomorrow, the world lost guitar virtuoso Stevie Ray Vaughan at the age of 35, after the helicopter in which he was riding crashed after a concert at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wisconsin.  Vaughan, and his backing band Double Trouble, reenergized America's love affair with the blues in the mid to late '80s, blending blues, rock, and boogie woogie, while adding ridiculous guitar playing by Vaughan.  The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past year.  My favorite song of theirs is "Texas Flood," but there's no video for that, so I went with one of my other favorites:  "Cold Shot."  The song was on the band's second studio album, Couldn't Stand The Weather, and it's a nice bluesy number that got up to #29 on the Billboard Top Rock Track chart in 1984.  The video is a nice homage to one of Vaughan's self-admitted problems:  the fact that he loved his guitar as much as he could love any woman.

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