Blues-Rock selection: “Never Make Your Move Too Soon”

The song was made famous by B.B. King.

Bonnie Raitt has done a fine version on the slide guitar (link here)

If you like blues-rock, you’ll love this version by the great Joe Bonamassa. Great sound quality; live recording with a strong horn section and redoubtable backup singers. Of course, Bonamassa himself is one of the best guitarists around.

He came by his BB King connections the right way. When Joe was 12, he opened for BB.

If you want to compare it to BB’s version, done live, enjoy this one. More rhythm-and-blues than Bonamassa’s rock. Great, as BB always is.

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In memory of SRV: Today, on the anniversary of his death, this great tribute from his fellow blues artists

Stevie Ray Vaughan is rightly recognized as one of the greatest, most creative blues musicians ever.

Today is the anniversary of his tragic death after a 1990 concert in Alpine Valley, Wisconsin.

He perished, along with several members of the Eric Clapton tour, when their helicopter crashed on its returns to Chicago.

An incredibly beautiful and song, “Six Strings Down,” commemorates that death and that of other blues greats who went before him.

Written by Art Neville and others and originally sung by SRV’s brother, Jimmie (himself a fine guitarist), its lyrics remember not only Stevie Ray but many other blues greats now departed:

Alpine Valley
In the middle of the night
Six strings down
On the heaven-bound flight
Got a pick, a strap, guitar on his back
Ain’t gonna cut the angels no slack
Heaven done called
Another blues-stringer back home . . .

Lyrics to Six Strings Down

The lyrics mention the Voodoo Chile (Jimi Hendrix), Albert Collins, Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Albert King, Freddy King, T-Bone Walker, Guitar Slim, Little Son Jackson, and Frankie Lee Sims.

The best rendition was recorded at a 1995 tribute to Stevie Ray and begins with Jimmie singing about his brother. After that, you’ll hear Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, BB King, Buddy Guy, Dr. John and Art Neville–true greats and moved to be part of this memorial.

If you love blues, you’ll love this:

A hat tip to Tim Favero for reminding me of this sad anniversary.