This coming Tuesday night, Garcia’s at the Capitol Theatre will turn into a true music roadhouse: Blues guitarist Scott Sharrard and his band will tribute the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan, by playing the latter’s classic debut album, Texas Flood, in its entirety. The tribute will also help raise money for The Houston Food Bank in order to help victims of the Hurricane Harvey that ravaged through Texas the end of last month.
Scott Sharrard is best known for his time playing lead guitar for the late Gregg Allman, whom had called Sharrard “the perfect guitarist for my band.” But he also cut his teeth early on by playing with other huge figures like Clyde Stubblefield and Buddy Miles. Sharing the stage from time to time these days with everybody from Amy Helm to The String Cheese Incident, he has been proving himself as one of the most talented ax men on the scene today.
Stevie Ray Vaughan, likewise, has been one of Sharrard’s idols since the beginning. “He knew the traditions, celebrated them and forged his way forward,” Sharrard tells The Poke Around. “He also had a deep bed of musical knowledge outside of rock and blues. He was a pure channel of soul, style be damned!”
A tribute show to Stevie made even more sense when it could be turned into a night to help raise relief money for that idol’s birthplace. “My Manager Jesse and I wanted to do a SRV show for a while,” Sharrard says, “(and) when the hurricane devastated Texas we were inspired to do a tribute show that could also benefit Stevie’s home state.”
Texas Flood, which upon its release ushered in a revitalized interest in blues music across the country, is even more incredible considering the details behind its recording process. Vaughan, who had caught the attention of Jackson Browne, fixed together a bare-bones set-up with his band in Browne’s recording studio. They recorded the album in just three days, with mostly live performances of all the songs, and no overdubs. This raw style is something that Sharrard has mirrored in his own studio efforts. He tells the Poke Around: “That’s how my band always works…and that’s why Stevie’s music resonates—he made the most of a moment and knew when to leave the flaws!”
As opening support for the SRV set, Ryan “Shwizz” Liatsis, lead guitarist of the up-and-coming northeastern jamband Shwizz, will be performing his own set of blues rock with his trio.
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Article by Miles Hurley