Six Strings Down (4:22)

Cover of Strange Pleasure

From Strange Pleasure and 1 other release

“Six Strings Down” is a song written by Art Neville, Eric Kolb, Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville, Kelsey Smith, and Jimmie Vaughan, and which first appeared on Jimmie Vaughan’s album Strange Pleasure in 1995. The song was written as a eulogy to Jimmie Vaughan’s brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and, by extension, many other fallen guitarists.
In its original incarnation, the song takes the form of an acoustic blues. The opening line, “Alpine Valley/Middle of the Night” refers to the Alpine Valley Music Theater near East Troy, Wisconsin where the helicopter carrying Stevie Ray Vaughan and several others crashed following a concert in 1990. The song references many other deceased blues music guitarists including Jimi Hendrix (the “voodoo chile”), Albert Collins, Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, T-Bone Walker, Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones, Freddie King, and Albert King. The song’s refrain mourns that “Heaven done called another blues stringer back home”.
All-star versions of the song were played at a tribute concert to Stevie Ray Vaughan in 1996 and, in a raucous version, at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2004

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  • Druid66

    Eerie stuff on this anniversary of the date Stevie was "called home" ... but what a good way to commemorate the event. Robert Cray and Jimmie Vaughan go together well!

    28 Aug 5:41am Reply
  • TIGERSNAKEMAN

    WAS AT ALPINE VALLEY WHEN SIX STRINGS WENT DOWN. IT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME

    22 Oct 2013 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

    Master

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • Delta_Blues_Man

    The back story to this song is incredible, and those brothers should be regarded as legends. Whoever says unthinkingly that Jimi Hendrix is the "best guitarist ever" really misunderstands who a guitarist is and what makes them stand out. R.I.P. SRV

    5 Dec 2011 Reply
  • CMALTE

    epiq

    28 Oct 2011 Reply
  • jlafitte

    And I prefer to listen to music with closed legs.

    20 Jul 2011 Reply
  • rockin1angel

    ** now the angels have their way take your place** SRV

    21 Feb 2011 Reply
  • pjolliffe

    Ditto lucy304 Isn't Texas in the south anyway?

    21 Feb 2011 Reply
  • lucy304

    To each his own, I perfer to listen to all music with an open mind

    15 Feb 2011 Reply
  • jlafitte

    Down home Texas blues, my friend. Much better than "Southern" blues.

    4 Jan 2011 Reply
  • harryno

    Ziemlich Klasse!!!

    1 Oct 2010 Reply
  • edventurer

    Southern "Blues" at its best! Turn it loose "SRV".

    18 Sep 2010 Reply
  • frasip

    Just love it!!!!!

    9 Aug 2010 Reply
  • MountainBear58

    Heart felt....missing his brother! Me too! I wish I could hear them all playin up there! Sure gives me something to look forward to.

    23 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Stefffo1

    Mmmm

    9 Jun 2010 Reply
  • stevieraydoug

    what a great tribute song to SRV from his bro!

    2 May 2010 Reply
  • robertopiccoli

    B

    24 Feb 2010 Reply
  • alanett

    it's not about who is better, it's about good music played from the heart for those who are unable to do so. Heres to all the players who ever we like the best.

    17 Feb 2010 Reply
  • pjbird

    Class!!!

    18 Jan 2010 Reply
  • natsalles

    Never heard this version, just the one from SRV's Tribute. Really good!

    24 Dec 2009 Reply
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