Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Couldn’t Stand the Weather”: A Deep Dive
Stevie Ray Vaughan, a name synonymous with raw energy, bluesy vibes, and incomparable guitar skills, has left an indelible mark on the music industry. One of his standout works, “Couldn’t Stand the Weather,” from his critically acclaimed second album with Double Trouble, captures the essence of this legendary artist.
This 1984 album is an eclectic blend of Vaughan’s original compositions and classic covers. Crafted in the whirlwind of recording and touring that characterized that year, the album feels like a snapshot of musical lightning—electric and unforgettable. One can’t help but marvel at how the hurried energy of its creation perfectly complements the spirit of the songs.
Vaughan’s journey in the music world began during his teenage years in the late 1960s. He played in bands like Brooklyn Underground and Southern Distributor before joining forces with bassist Tommy Shannon in Krackerjack. His time in the limelight didn’t just happen overnight. Stevie Ray Vaughan spent years honing his skills, playing sessions with blues legends like Buddy Guy and groups like ZZ Top. But it was in 1978, in Austin, TX, that the magic trio of Vaughn, Shannon, and drummer Chris Layton came together to form Double Trouble.
Their big break came in the early ’80s when they performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival. This performance, which stirred quite a controversy, caught the attention of the music industry. It was Jackson Browne’s generosity that led to their debut album, “Texas Flood,” being recorded in just two days. Following its success, Vaughan even collaborated with David Bowie on his album, “Let’s Dance.”
“Couldn’t Stand the Weather” was a quick follow-up to their debut. Recorded at the Power Station in New York City, the album is a testament to Vaughan’s versatility. From the instrumental opening of “Scuttle Buttin’” to the signature riff of “Couldn’t Stand The Weather” and the memorable guitar licks in “The Things (That) I Used to Do”, each track shines a spotlight on his talent. His rendition of Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)” is particularly notable, paying homage to the original while injecting his unique flair.
The album may taper in its energy towards the end, with tracks like “Tin Pan Alley” and “Honey Bee” being more laid-back. But “Stang’s Swang”, a jazzy instrumental, ensures it finishes on a high note.
Hitting the Top 40 on the Billboard 200 chart, “Couldn’t Stand the Weather” is more than just an album. It’s a testament to Vaughan’s love for the blues, a genre he believed was the heart and soul of music. As he once put it, “I love the blues. What else is there?”
For enthusiasts and newcomers alike, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Couldn’t Stand the Weather” offers a bluesy experience like no other. Dive in and let the music sweep you away.