Stevie Ray Vaughan six weeks before the crash: “I would hate to get caught playing my last gig not trying”


By Steve Newton

I didn’t go into journalism to get rich–and if you saw my bank balance you’d know that for a fact.

But whenever I look back and go “Fuck yeah, I got to interview Stevie Ray Vaughan twice!” it makes me realize that the career choice has spawned some golden moments.

Like that time back in 1985 when I interviewed Stevie on the phone and he sang me a few lines from one of Jimi Hendrix’s fave tunes.

Five years later I got the chance to interview SRV a second time, on July 11, 1990, just six weeks before that goddamned helicopter crash in Wisconsin.

During the course of our conversation I asked Stevie if he ever had difficulty getting inspired for a show, and his response was somewhat prophetic, considering what happened the following month.

Have a listen:




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