18 years ago today we lost one of the great ones. stevie had one of the most intense, raw sounds ever recorded. his passion shined in every note, on every recording and in every lyric. he was born with the blues in his veins.

SRV’s big break was at the montreaux jazz fest in 1982. the video is priceless – nobody in the crowd “got it”. they were motionless and they hated it. stevie didn’t care, he just poured it all out like he always did.

stevie used to dissolve cocaine in a glass of crown royal to get his day started off.. with the help of AA he kicked his habits and, shortly thereafter, died in a helicopter crash in wisconsin.

RIP stevie ray. i hope you’ve got number one, a blackface and a bassman up there. wear it out man!