Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – New Orleans Jazz Festival – May 6, 1990

Stevie Ray Vaughan with Jimmy Vaughan at the New Orleans Jazz FestivalFor the perfect show to resurrect this blog I had to go with the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan.   With his incredible command of the electric guitar he resurrected blues music and brought it to the people.   He also came through a serious drug addiction to go on and play some of his best music.   Some of which is featured here on this show.

You may have noticed that things have been kind of slow around here.   Being employed and having to work through a few things (mental or otherwise) put this place on the back burner.   All I can say is; I’m back! And therapy bills are worth it…

I saw Robert Randolph play and be interviewed at the workshop stage at Crossroads Festival this summer.   He grew up in a black church playing Gospel music.   It wasn’t until someone gave him a Stevie Ray Vaughan DVD that he realized white people can play music with soul in Rock & Roll.   I’m not sure what the DVD was, it might have been Stevie Ray Vaughan & Jeff Beck playing “Going Down”.   Who knows?

This Stevie Ray show is pretty well circulated, maybe because there is not too many soundboard recordings from late in his career.   The sound quality is a bit warbled at the start, but it gets better.   Check the track “Couldn’t Stand the Weather” here:

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Mp3 download of the show click here (songs are in a zip file)

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
New Orleans Jazz Festival
May 6, 1990 SBD
Jimmie Lee Vaughan sits in on the first few numbers.

Set list:
01 In the Open
02 Collins’ Shuffle
03 The Things (That) I Used To Do
04 Look At Little Sister
05 Lovestruck Baby
06 Tightrope
07 Wall of Denial
08 Mary had a Little Lamb
09 Superstition
10 Cold Shot>
11 Couldn’t Stand the Weather
12 Band Intros
13 House Is Rockin’
14 Crossfire
15 Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)

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  1. Heeeee’s baaaack. Welcome back, mate. Love the Color of Money link. Thanks for the sounds.

  2. This sounds almost as good as when I was running toward the stage at that Jazzfest from the Neville Brothers set on the other side of the fairgrounds. Many Thanks for posting.

    • I am sure this will bring back some great memories. Wish I could have been there!

      Of all the shows I have posted here I think you might be the first person who was at one of them. Thanks for the comment…

  3. I listened to this set at the gym today. I lost three extra pounds because of it. Seriously…this was a treat. Thanks again.

    • Glad to liked it. Didn’t you write a post a while back about the music they play at the gym? Or something like that. I should have posted SRV earlier, and will post more soon.

  4. Hey, that is a cool feature on the comments. It added a link to my latest blog post. Actually, it is kind of creepy…sort of like ambulance chasing.

  5. You have a great memory. Yes, I think I was talking about a stupid… ridiculous…Sharkira video. Logo looks killer…

  6. Steve Archer says:

    Make that two who were there. Sam’s comments warmed my heart. For years I have been telling folks about having to make the choice between SRV and the Neville Brothers…in New Orleans. Well, how can you be in two places at once when you’re nowhere at all, so I chose Stevie, and it was glorious. I recall the tough choice before that was Dr. John on one main stage and Boz Scaggs on the other and I had to go with Mac. Funniest thing was that i had no idea that there was a music festival happening in N.O., just flew there from Calif. on a whim with my girlfriend because we were listening to a song by the Tragically Hip called New Orleans is Sinking. Ther day we arrived we saw a listing in the paper and saw SRV.s name, ran there, paid $10 and thank you God!

    • Thanks for stopping by and sharing this, Steve. Cant beat that kinda timing. Did you get the girl?!?

      • Steve Archer says:

        Thanks again for the great blog, so nice to stumble onto it! To answer your question…yes and no. that wonderful girl and I had just begun dating and that was our first whirlwind getaway (made a side drive up through Mississippi to Memphis pay our respects at Graceland) and we spent many years together after that. Then we ended up going our separate ways but remained good friends. It all worked out for the best- I ended up marrying a dreamboat and now have three kids…but that New Orleans week is still a vivid great memory. More serendipidity…for our next vacation after N.O. we went to Cancun (oh to be young again) and while spending a day on the island of Isla Mujeres, we foudn a little bar with just one older gentleman…we got to talking and learned that he was the head of the N.O. Jazz and Heritage Festival, and every year after the festival ended he ran away to Isla Mujeres to decompress.

  7. Steve Archer says:

    BTW – There is video of this show on YouTube. Sam–you might recall the Elvis head totem way above the crowd–it’s featured on the video. What a day. It is great to be alive–thanks for this site!

  8. Stoney Huff says:

    Why are half the internet posts May 6, 1990 and half April 29, 1990 for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival?
    The In Step tour places him in Tulsa OK on April 29, 1990.

    I saw him in Chicago on the tour, I can’t believe his later shows are not officially released, incredible.

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