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  • In Step was Stevie's first album after he stopped drinking, and is dedicated to sobriety. The album title is a reference to the 12-step program for alcoholics. The songs on the album refer to the pressures of life that lead to alcohol abuse, but show how you can still rock out even when you are sober.
  • This was written by the Austin-based songwriter Bill Carter and his wife/songwriting partner Ruth Ellsworth. The pair also wrote "Willie The Wimp" for Vaughan and "Why Get Up?", which was recorded by The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Carter was in a band with Johnny Depp called P! in the mid-'90s.

    Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton and Reese Wynans, all of whom were members of Vaughan's band Double Trouble, also got songwriting credits on this track.
  • Stevie was killed in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990, moments after sharing the stage (and a guitar jam) with Eric Clapton, Robert Cray and his brother, Jimmy Vaughan. In Step was the last album released while he was alive.
  • Vaughan's keyboard player Reese Wynans released this as a single in 2019 as part of his first solo album, Sweet Release.
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  • Jthomas from Wilmer, TxWell Dirk at least you can go in history of being the only person to suggest that SRV was average and only talent show good. Perhaps you failed to do your research since upon doing so you would have learned that SRV was actually an international star. But I understand if your one of the few people on the planet that don't regard Stevie as being one of the top 5 or 10 guitar player that ever lived.
  • Chris from Harrison, ArI have to say, dirk, that you pegged it... Stevie was just average. I mean, hey, anybody can take a nearly dead genre of music and catapult it into the spotlight. Anyone can make other "average" players like Clapton and Albert King envious of their virtuosity. Whatever. You've obviously never picked up a guitar to even peck out "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". Go back to your death metal and take some of THOSE messages to heart.
  • Tom from Appleton, WiGotta pile on here ... SRV was an incredible guitar player (listen to Bowie rave about him in an MTV interview) and Double Trouble were no slouches ... they emerged later as Storyville and had some success, they weren't just coat tailing...
  • Christine from Mcminnville, OrNearly 20 years after Stevie's death, he's still #1 in my book! I've never heard anyone so gifted on the guitar either before or after SRV appeared on the scene. And Stevie just seemed to get better as he matured and beat back his demons. To this day, I still can't believe this incredible musician is gone.
  • Tony from Chicago, IlIt was also said that Eric Clapton was supposed to be on that helicopter,but Stevie had somewhere to go so he was on that copter instead.
  • Tony from Chicago, IlDirk,Do you think Michael Jordan is an average basketball player?
  • Tony from Chicago, IlI was at the concert the night he died at Alpine Valley Wisconsin. As we left in the stop and go traffic thick fog rolled in. I was in shock the next morning. They all played separately and then all jammed together at end of concert. I still have picture in my head of the SRV on Stevie's guitar on the big screen. Huge loss!

  • Cody from St Joe, Mothat was an odd statement dirk. i dont think most people including people that vaughan played with, would at all agree with you.
  • David from Orlando, FlI went to see G3 about two years ago in Tampa. It's kind of funny to watch Satriani and Vai basically play arpeggios and obscure exotic scales on super slinky strings that allow them to bend two octaves, all the while looking like they are about to orgasm at their own supposed prowess. I bet neither one of them could have struggled through a simple lick on the cable-sized strings Stevie put on that Strat. The man had soul and heart and tremendous talent and puts the shredder pretenders to shame. To absolute shame.
  • Wayne from Crockett, TxI have but one question for dirk. Uh, what? SRV makes every single top ten list for guitar players and he's been dead for over 25 years. Get a life dude and go back to your AFOS albums.
  • Jonathan from Varnville, ScI have to say dirk that you must have never played a guitar in your life. SRV is very complicated. I can play guitar and I totally disagree with you.
  • Dave from Boston, MaSRV played guitar on the entire "Let's Dance" album, Including the song "Church on Time" where you can definitely hear that classic SRV style.
  • Lou from Scranton, PaCarter and Ellsworth were from Chicago and not in double trouble. They also wrote willie the wimp
  • Glenn from Evansville, InSRV brought the blues to life for this white guy. No one, not even Clapton, had as much respect for the blues greats, as did Stevie Ray. I saw him on his In Step tour, after his recovery, and he made a believer out of me.
  • Mel from Paris, FranceSRV is NOT a rip off of ANYONE. what makes him so unbelievable is that he took licks from hendrix and all those other guys and then combined them to make his own style. That is amazing
  • Bryan from Parma, OhOh, and by the way, his band wasn't really anything to brag about to begin with... They're hardly noticable compared to Stevie. Playing backing blues bass and drums really isn't a challenge. They did it well, but I could do it mediocre with my feet so that's not saying much for 'em.
  • Mike from Germantown, MdRight now, I'm listening to a Classic Rock station on my computer and this is playing. This is not Classic Rock! It's only 17 years old, it's too young to be Classic Rock!
  • Axe from Singleton, AustraliaYou're right that he's not a Hendrix rip-off...he's an Albert King rip-off. If you listen to songs by King such as Born Under A Bad Sign, Crosscut Saw or indeed the Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan In Session album then you'll notice a striking resemblance in the players, or to put it a different way, how every single one of SRV's famous licks are carbon copies of Albert's. SRV also nicked a decent portion of Buddy Guy's chops, not to mention his choice of guitar/amp combination.
  • Derek from Sarnia, CanadaThe only the band needed was a great guitarist? I don't know what your talking about dirk but SRV is one of the best ever...I don't think he is just a Hendrix rip-off and I think the fact that he could cover Hendrix songs so brilliantly just shows how incredible he is...listen to SRV's Little Wing...thats taking Hendrix to the next level...Hendrix is still the best though
  • Dirk from Nashville, TnSRV fans will throw rocks at me for saying this, but if you play guitar you might agree-the only thing his band really needed was a great guitarist. Stevie Ray's voice was classic. His music was classic. His sound was incredible. THe style of their performance--all that was fantastic. And Stevie Ray's playing was awesome. But it was just good enough to impress the folks at the State Fair. It was talent show good.... Just imagine how good the band would've been if he had stepped back and given center stage to a REAL guitarist. Stevie Ray was good enough to do a pretty good imitation of Hendrix. But he wasn't good enough to take Hendrix to the next level. I see fantastic guitarists come through here every day. SRV could've had his pick of the litter. But... sorry to say this... in the end he was just sort of another B.B.King--he had a style and a stage personality of being "a performer" and he just milked that until he died.
  • Nathan from Defiance, OhStevie Ray Vaughn first acheived major success after playing lead guitar David Bowie's Let's Dance, another great song.
  • Dingleberry Bob from Detroit, MiThis man is incredible
  • Phil from San Jose, CaI saw SRV and Double Trouble with Jeff Back. Beck was with Terry Bozio (from Zappa, Missing Persons fame), and Tony Hymas.
    Beck opened that night (Oakland),with all due respect to Stevie and Double Trouble, Beck and band was completely insane! I know they are both guitar greats but with Bozio and Hymas, its a tough act to follow!
  • Rob from Santa Monica, CaMy favorite SRV-penned song. My favorite SRV solo, too, especially when he heats it up at the very end. He played this live on "The Arsenio Hall Show" and it was mind-blowing.
  • Doug from Minneapolis, MnAnyone else notice that the guitar solo here borrows liberally from Hendrix's "Crosstown Traffic"?
  • Chelsea from Nyc, OrRonnie's guitarlick. Certainly didn't hurt his hopes of landing the job. Ron is quoted as saying that he does not like the lyrics that Jagger came up with.
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