Friday, February 19, 2010

Luo Ann Barton and Stevie Ray Vaughan

I have just started reading "Soul to Soul", a book about Stevie Ray Vaughan. This book, written by Kerri Leigh, was to be Stevie's biography and was started before his death. I have been a SRV fan since 1984, since the first LP "Texas Flood" came out. I had also see LuAnn Barton on a music TV show at about the same time.

Lou Ann was and still is one of the great female blues singers. She worked with Stevie in an early incarnation of Double Trouble, back in the mid 1970's. She and Stevie shared the vocals, as Lou Ann could be undependable at times. She was battling substance abuse right along with Stevie, and their egos often clashed. In the late 70's, Stevie fired her from the band, took over the vocals and went off to become a music legend.

The reason for this post is that there are a few songs from those days on YouTube. After hearing them, one can realize just how good they were. The band was very popluar in Austin, Texas and the surrounding area. At one point, they traveled to San Francisco, where they stole the show at a festival with their sheer musical power.

Here are a few links. This is audio only. The SRV sound we all love is in full force back in 1978.

Here is Lou Ann with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, a band she was a member of in the early days of the band. This video shows why I like Stratocasters!

Her website has lots of videos as well. Lou Ann never got really famous, but is greatly admired and respected in the music business.
To quote her bio on her website:
"Barton has to be seen live to be fully appreciated. She belts out her lyrics in a twangy voice so full of Texas that you can smell the barbecue sauce. She swaggers confidently about the stage, casually tossing her cigarette to the floor as the band kicks in on its first number. The grace, poise and confidence she projects on stage is part of a long tradition for women blues singers. The blues world still needs more good female blues singers like Barton, to help to broaden the appeal of the music to diverse audiences and to further its evolution. "

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