Round Two, Post 5: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Vs Talking Heads.

Reposted from a friend. Several friends, actually. The people who run “American Bands – Who Are The Best?” are friends, but the writer of this fine, insightful article on the Talking Heads is the marvelous Red Molly herself. Head on over and check it out.

American Bands-Who are the best?

Powerhouse. Soul. So much soul they blew the doors down, and gave birth to a blues revival in the 1980’s – a time when soul was…not a commodity.

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton were a revelation: You CAN have a three-piece band that sounds louder and slays houses better than a four or five piece. The thing about SRV & Double Trouble is there’s nothing missing. You go back and listen to those records – Do you miss horns on “Love Struck Baby”? Boogie piano on “Pride & Joy”? No. Of course you don’t. Obviously this format wasn’t news – The fellas loved British blues-rock pioneers Cream, and if you ask me, brought it back home and did them one better. They sandblasted all the coats of paint off the wall and exposed the brick and mortar of the blues and rock ‘n’ roll. There’s a purity in that…

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