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The meeting of the blues — SRV and Albert King

If you’re into blues, you can’t do much better than this. Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a classic King number, and really good video quality.

I can’t stop watching King, with his unorthodox playing style. He flips the guitar over and leaves the thin strings on the top rather than playing a lefty or restringing. No pick, altered tuning, Gibson Flying V. He’s one of a kind.

As for Stevie, not many players are as unmistakable in a blind taste test, especially with the blues. So many guitarists have a generic approach, relying on the same old licks, but you can always ID Stevie by his Strat’s tone and his Texas blues style. Not to mention his voice.

The entire show from which this clip is taken is available on YouTube. Such a treat. Albert takes a few minutes in it to lecture Stevie about how he’s almost there if he just keeps at it.

Sad that both of these giants are gone, that SRV left before King by a couple of years…

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3 comments on “The meeting of the blues — SRV and Albert King

  1. 1WriteWay
    February 15, 2014

    Me love both men. I have affection for Stevie Ray (as well as all of his CDs). My husband and I happen to see this on our wide-screen TV. King is great, very cool, but I was fascinated by Stevie and how his whole body seemed to be playing that guitar.

    • Kevin Brennan
      February 15, 2014

      I do love SRV’s face as he plays. It’s like he’s a conduit for the music, and the electricity. Nobody else wears a hat like that either…

      • 1WriteWay
        February 15, 2014

        I like the way you say it, “like he’s a conduit for the music” … exactly!

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