Double Trouble is an American blues-rock band from Austin, Texas which served as the backing band for guitarist/singer Stevie Ray Vaughan. The group was active throughout the 1980s and contributed to reviving the blues, inspiring many later blues and rock musicians. Formed in Austin, Texas in 1978, the group went through several early line-up changes before settling on a power trio consisting of Vaughan, Chris Layton (drums), Tommy Shannon (bass). They became a four-piece by 1985 after adding Reese Wynans (keyboards). While with Vaughan the band was billed Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. Rooted in blues and rock music, the group worked in many genres ranging from ballads to soul, often incorporating jazz and other elements. Various posthumous releases featuring Vaughan have been issued since his death, overseen by his brother Jimmie. Since Vaughan’s death, Double Trouble has continued in various capacities, releasing a studio album in 2001 and acting as a session band for blues and local Austin musicians. The band has sold over 11.5 million albums in the United States, receiving platinum certifications for all four of their studio albums featuring Vaughan. They have won four Grammy Awards including Best Contemporary Blues Performance for their album In Step (1989). Here are all of the Double Trouble songs ranked.
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10. Tell Me (Texas Flood, 1983)
“Double Trouble, the band for SRV, does a friends album with great results. The songs are great and the music is even better. This is a great way to sample and discover some of Austin’s best as well as a chance to revisit old friends.”
9. Shake for Me (In the Beginning, 1992)
“This is a STELLAR performance & I kept playing it over & over, something I rarely do. I usually play it, then come back another day, not this one. Amazing- I highly recommend to any of his fans & even as a starting point”
8. Rude Mood (Texas Flood, 1983)
“This is the fastest blues ive ever heard. The speed of the intro was kind of jarring to me at first, but damn that’s some great guitar playing.”
7. Scuttle Buttin’ (Couldn’t Stand the Weather, 1984)
“It sounds very fast when you just listen, but when you see what he is doing on the frets of that guitar, and how fast his fingers are moving, it is simply jaw-dropping. I still don’t see how anyone could move their fingers and hands fast enough to play some of those riffs.”
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6. Love Struck Baby (Texas Flood, 1983)
“The song “Love Struck Baby” is (in my opinion) one of the top 10 ever of that great electric blues guitar player Stevie Ray Vaughan (“SRV”). There are those who believe that his brother Jimmy Vaughan is a better guitar player, to which I soundly disagree, partially due to this wonderfully upbeat song. He has others also, which are much beloved as this Texas bluesman was and still is, despite his untimely death on August 26, 1990 in a helicopter crash.”
5. Texas Flood (Texas Flood, 1983)
“This is a wonderful listening experience to Stevie Ray’s early recording career. The studio stuff is great and reflect his early influences in rock and blues. The live stuff is crisp and stiring. Jimi’s infulence is clearly there in two selections from Hendrix. Stevie Ray can play.”
4. Empty Arms (Couldn’t Stand the Weather, 1984)
“Just another hard to believe artistic grand slam by maybe the most skilled guitar player that will ever live! I always wondered how many guitar strings were left on the floor after he shreds so many during a concert.”
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3. Pride and Joy (Texas Flood, 1983)
“Pride & Joy My beloved soul-mate dedicated this fabulous song to me before he was called ‘home’. This was our song and it will always have a special place in my heart and in my life. If you hear it once you’ll recognize it immediately when you hear it again. There is a special and significant strength within this music.
2. Lenny (Texas Flood, 1983)
“Stevie crams a lot of extra feeling into his music. I believe all actors and performers in any genre try to portray feelings and events that took quite a bit of time in real life. But song performers must portray it in three or four minutes. How can they do that? By going over-the-top.”
1. Dirty Pool (Texas Flood, 1983)
“Best Blues man of all time, some of the best guitar work ever on this one. Stevie Ray was the man. I think his guitar playing is absolutely awesome and he seems to have a simply natural ability to draw whatever sound he wants from it with ease.”