Since 1982 I’ve been chatting with famous rock stars and collecting the interviews on cheap cassette tapes. Even now I refuse to use a digital recording device, as most of my more intrepid colleagues do.
Like Joe Walsh, I’m an analog man, I guess.
Lucky for me, most of those ancient cassettes still sound alright–mainly because I only played them once to transcribe the interview, then stashed them away for 30 years or so while life happened as I was busy making other plans.
One of my most prized tapes is the one from ’85 that includes my first interview with Stevie Ray Vaughan. He was one of my favourite guitarists and always will be. I also loved his vocals. And his songwriting. And his whole vibe.
He was the real deal.
On August 26, 1985, Vaughan called me up from Edmonton to talk about his then-new album, Soul to Soul. The best part of the interview, by far, was when I asked him about the new LP’s cover songs, and he wound up singing me a couple of lines from Earl King’s “Come On”, which was one of the earliest songs played by Jimi Hendrix in his Seattle high school bands.
Check it out:
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