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Classic Album Review: Double Trouble | Been a Long Time

SRV's old rhythm section recruit a roster of VIPs for a half-decent jam session.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Some bands manage to survive the death of their leader (think Little Feat). Others are never able to pull it off (think The Doors). I’m not sure if Stevie Ray Vaughan’s old rhythm section is hoping to become one of the former with this sub-par album, but they sure seem to qualify for the latter.

Despite a VIP roster of blues masters and Texas heavyweights — everyone from Dr. John to Jimmie Vaughan to Willie Nelson to Jonny Lang and even Big Sugar’s Gordie Johnson drops in to give drummer Chris (Whipper) Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon a boost — this 10-song set rarely rises beyond the level of a half-decent blues jam. That may be where these boys started off, but it’s a helluva long way from where they left off. One consolation: Those old post-Morrison Doors albums are worth a decent buck nowadays.