12/12/2020: “Lenny” by Stevie Ray Vaughan

Lenny refers to Steven Ray Vaughan’s wife, and his guitar. Either way, he really pours love into this one.

It’s a testament to the power of Stevie Vaughan’s skill, and to guitar music in general, that that devotion really shines through.

It’s incredibly chilled out, spanning 5 minutes of fleeting notes, surfer style noodling, and flanging chords. There’s piercing highs, mellow lows, trembling mids. The instrumental sits back contently, recognising that the genius of the track is the guitar playing.

The song is jazzy and bluesy in equal measure, but leans more towards the blues rock side of things.

“Lenny” came out in 1983, on the debut album of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – Texas Flood.

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