One of the greatest guitarists of the twentieth century, the Military Stevie
Ray was born October 3, 1954 in the District of South Dallas, in the U.S.. His father was a plasterer Voena: he covered the pipes asbestos, and it is known to be difficult and hazardous occupation, and, moreover, required constant relocations. So Steve spent his childhood, moving after her father, from city to city, from Alabama, Louisiana, Missipi, Texas.
Voena parents were very musical pair. As he told Steve, his father, Jim, if heard on the radio favorite performer, threw all the works, and sometimes even began to dance. Nevertheless, he on any instrument plays. But Jim never dreamed that his children would be doing the same, than he - that is to plaster walls, so do not let his sons in their passion for music.
His first guitar was young soldier in 1961 for his birthday. The guitar was a cheap, heavy and unattractive in every sense. The three strings on it fundamentally is not configured, so that Steve took them and tried to play the remaining some bass range.
Jimmy Lee (Jimmie Lee Vaughan
), older brother Steve, had already played the guitar for a year. Guitar Player, he was good, and as a teenager began to play along with Texas bluesmen like Freddie King. Soon Jimmy revealed a tendency to play rhythm guitar. The first group was called Jimmy Swinging Pendulums. She performed it at the Dallas show competitions and school parties.
Steve was still young and playing in a band his brother could not. He spent his evenings at home, listening to such performers as B.B. King, Jimmy Reed, Bobby Bland, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Lenny Berrel and other. In "pure" bluesmen, Steve listened creations Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix. And, of course, Steve was trying to find him the most liked songs on his guitar ugly.
The first group was called Stevie
Shantones. All the participants were eight - nine years.
It should be noted that the school gains brothers absolutely not kept pace with those of the music. Jimmy Lee was the second year in ninth grade, and 17 years and did quit school, left home with a group of Chessmen. In 1969, it could be found in Austin, where Jimmy played the blues in "black" neighborhoods. When Jimmy ran away from home, trouble with the parents began with Steve. He tried to grow hair, poorly studied, which led to well-founded indignation of parents. They were confident that soon "lose" and the second son, who rvanet followed his elder brother in search of the elusive musician happiness. And so it happened: Stevie
left school in 1972, moved in the footsteps of Jimmy Lee in Austin.
In the early 70-ies the location was perfect for a hippie youth. Life is cheap in cost, in Austin came together a great many young musicians. But if country music scene of Austin was quite popular, the blues scene, and seething life was much less open to the public.
Then its major groups were the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Voena, Cobras, as well as the Triple Threat Revue, which in 1976, Steve and moved from Cobras. Steve immediately "fit" in the life of the youth of Austin. He would spend the night in bars, sleeping where and how horrible, dressed 'by Hendrix', in general, was one of dozens of Austin musicians. A very youthful Voena from them only later became a famous stooping comportment on stage, but surprisingly "tasty" sounds, it gives a guitar. Less visible was already developed as the inability to say no to alcohol, cocaine and marijuana.
The creative life of the group, Steve has been volatile, the musicians have changed it every month. And the young soldier decided to build a fundamentally new team. The first came in Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton. Place the bass took an old acquaintance Voena, Tommy Shannon, who played in his time with Johnny Winter. Shannon perfectly joined in 1981 and, except for subsequent accession keyboardist Reese Vaynensa, of Double Trouble never changed.
Very soon a group of young Voena began receiving enough fame, talking about her City Press. Stevie
, extracted from his classic "Ctrata" ultimate power, as well as sung a pleasant, husky voice, just could not go unnoticed.
At the same time the team took off her first music video "Love Struck Baby", which their manager, Cheslel Millikin, gave his old employer, Mick Jagger. Double Trouble occurred Stones' liking, and they invited Steve and Double Trouble at private parties where Millikin, with the help of producer Jerry Wexler was able to obtain for them the right to participate in the international jazz festival in Montreux. Presentation was excellent, a military
conspiracy almost everyone who was dear to blues and rock.
And most importantly, there were two more events largely affect the continued success of Steve Ray Voena. First, Steve was spotted by legendary bluesman John Hammond, who later produced the first disc sponsoring Double Trouble, as well as assist in concluding a contract with record label Epic. Secondly, none other than David Bowie has invited Voena perform a guitar solo for his hits "China Girl".
Money received for taking part in the recording of "China Girl", as well as support Jackson Browne, Stevie
group has offered free air time in the studio and free film allowed in 1983 to record the debut work, "Texas Flood". The album went gold.
Many still consider this CD the best in the discography Voena. Indeed, on the album, submitted as a treatment known blues and stuff, written by Steve, no anadromous or simply weak tracks. Amazing, straining at the will of the energy inherent in the "Texas Flood", is still staggering, and makes listening to the album each time, like in the first. Stylistically the album, as well as all subsequent work Voena, is an explosive mix of blues, rock and roll guitar rock and bright. Perhaps no one previously so skillfully combined the blues and not a real, live rock. Even the correspondence teacher Voena, Jimi Hendrix. These "rebels" like "Love Struck Baby", "Pride & Joy", "Mary Had a Little Lamb", "I'm Crying", simply can not leave listeners indifferent. Closes disk gentle and calm composition "Lenny", devoted wife of Steve.
Nevertheless, the skeptics were found which said that Stevie
- "Dummy", another "Guitar Hero" at the moment. Very bright and open as a person, Steve is fully laid out, played with tremendous energy and dedication. His guitar sound (he used a very thick guitar strings, a lot of work with amplifiers, achieving the desired result), his fierce style of play can not be confused with any other whose. And military
time and again prove to doubters that it can play better and better, that he was constantly looking and thinking that on stage he is the same as in life.
This was confirmed by next plate group, "Couldn't Stand the Weather". At this time the album came a calmer and less explosive than the debut "Texas Flood". As always, . opened his cocky rock 'n' roll ( "Scuttle Buttin"), . and such songs, . as played in their own processing hendriksovskaya "Voodoo Chile", . and "Cold Shot", . "Couldn't Stand the weather", . and measured "Tin Pan Alley" otherwise, . as masterpieces, . simply can not be called,
. However, on this disc there is no passing rates. Release again received excellent press and recognition.
It would seem that everything is simply superb. Unfortunately, the old slogan of rock musicians, "live fast, die young" has not bypassed, and our hero. By the mid-80's, Steve has been virtually helpless without drugs and alcohol. By 1986, he sat down: constantly walked c bags under his eyes, was terribly exhausted, angry and scary. One evening in Geneva - 5 years after the triumph in Montreux - he fell. Serious nervous breakdown caused by long tour, and most importantly, drug use, forced Steve to ask for help and undergo treatment for drug and alcohol. Released in 1985 CD "Soul To Soul", was also, of course, a strong work the first time in the music group were introduced keyboards. However, the printing plate noticeable fatigue and havoc. Album albeit contained several excellent songs, like "boevichka" "Look At Little Sister", a beautiful, philosophical "Change It" and a few other things, in general, was weaker than the two previous works guitarist.
After getting rid of the ruling forces of evils, Steve largely unchanged. He left his native Dallas Austin. He has changed and as a musician. No, the Military
did not lose any of his unique charisma, nor the composer's gift, or stunning energy. Now he has collected, concentrated, he became wiser. In 1989, Stevie
and Double Trouble released their own, perhaps the strongest work (receiving the highest recognition from the media and critics) - CD "In Step". After the early work of the guitarist, where the energy seemed to be living not only with him but against his will, here it was aimed solely at need military
channel. That is why the album at first seems somewhat restrained, even cool. The most striking and substantial look these songs, like "Crossfire" (self-titled single was the biggest-selling blues single 89 пЁпЎпЄп°), "Tightrope", heavy rock-n-roll "Scratch-N-Sniff", and on-black blues "Leave My Girl Alone ". And only after a few plays you realize that everything in the 'In Step' to a place and how they should, no more and no less. And really closing drive slow, achingly sad, and simply beautiful "Riviera Paradise", - a real gem not only of style but also the state of the soul, whose name - blues.
A few months before his death, Steve writes with Jimmy Lee his first and last album together. The disc was called very simply, "Family Style". After all, God has fulfilled the desire of young children Voena: he recorded with his older brother who served with him in his childhood role models, full-length studio album.
August 27, 1990 one of the greatest musicians fell from the cloudy sky of the city East Troy, which is located in Wisconsin. One of the four helicopters, Eric Clapton, which returned from a concert of his friends and part of the musicians, not reached the destination. It was a helicopter, which sat Stevie
. Course, the Military
was not an angel, but in large part thanks to his work for the blues have returned enough attention to the general public
. After the death of legendary bluesman, . recognized by all the proponents of the genre, . CDs have been released several live album, . compilations such as "The Best", . plus an excellent collection of 1991 "The Sky is Crying" (Jimmy assembled military
), . which included previously unreleased stuff,
. In 1999, the firm Epic (division large corporation Sony Music) re-released all four license album Voena in remastered form with bonus tracks and worthy of the great guitar sound. These, and recommend to the acquisition.
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