Friend of Leo's
- May 4, 2021
- Sic Semper Tyrannis
Yes. When you look back on it. SRV left a big imprint in his short time.You think SRV influenced culture and fashion?
He got his big break with "The Thin White Duke", resurrecting Bowie's career and bringing "Albert King" licks to new wave. He then walked away from a lucrative tour as Bowie's guitarist, based on principle. This earn him the blue collar's respect.
Rock was still there with bands like Van Halen, but SRV brought the blues back to the mainstream. He brought the focus back to blues artists/music, blues rock, guitar, and resurrected interest in 1960's and 1970's bands like The Allman Brothers Band, The Who, etc. SRV helped usher in "classic rock and classic rock radio."
SRV's influence helped pave the way for the return of cool smaller venues like Antone's, B.B. King's Blues Club, The House of Blues, etc. After SRV came on the scene, you started seeing blues players in movies, like Albert Collins in "Adventures In Babysitting", Jeff Healy in "Roadhouse". Old EC,the Stones, and Seger tunes started selling beer in commercials.
Nobody was walking around wearing a bolero, jeans tucked in cowboy boots, and sporting chest tattoos before SRV. These three style accouterments influenced a few rock bands of the time.
SRV (and JLV) also made Fender Stratocasters, tweed, and blackface amps cool again. You didn't have to play a candy painted, pointy end guitar with a Floyd Rose thru high gain Marshall and Boogie amps to get a great tone.
There were other players coming up at the time. Stevie Ray Vaughan kicked in a lot of doors for them though.