Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by Senor Forum, Dec 17, 2009.
The sound quality isn't the best, but holy freaking hell this song rocks.
Wow!! that guy is still around??? I remember seeing him when he opened for Triumph in 1980!
Oh God that would have rocked.
Not sure about what he's up to lately. Gonna check his site.
I used to play in a two-guitar band with Van back in the '70's... Believe me, he was smoking hot even then... (I think that he still has same the Black LP Custom & Marshall plexi that he was using in those days...)
Whoa. He's playing in two days here in Austin.
Jesus. I can't get enough of this song.
Talk about absolute freaking emotion.
VAN the MAN!!! The Marshall Plexi went up in flames at a club on Austin Hwy in San Antonio TX in the 80's. There was a fire & it was lost as well as the "Vanomatic" effects thingy. Yes he has the LP. His dad bought it for him.
Here is me and Van. he played a solo on our CD ... a song called Tres Dedos (three fingers). He rips!!!
Van is one of the truly under-appreciated Austin guitar players. Guys like Eric Johnson, Stephen Bruton (RIP) and others have been singing his praises for years. I have an old CD of Austin artists doing Christmas songs and one track is Van and EJ doing "Greensleeves" and it's KILLER.
He's a great guy to watch and learn from.
Did many shows with him back in the day when I was in Too Smooth.
Got to see him a few months back at the Saxon Pub. He's still got it!
It was like a breath of fresh air hearing him after all these years. Way different from what I hear all the time in Nashville.
I plan on seeing him Saturday!
I've still got some old unfinished tapes (no vocals or bass) of songs Chet Himes recorded with Van playing in the last version of the band "Homer "... they were done at the studio that was over on 6th street ("Pecan Street Studios"???) Anyhow, the guitar tracks were completed and they were "smoking" (he was using that black LP and that Plexi...)
Hope everything's going OK with Trace Atkins...
You were in Too Smooth? Great band. Didn't you write "Change my Ways" with Heyoka?
I have a 60 minute live concert on VHS with Van Wilkes and his band from a televised show they did on the German TV's "Crossroads" series where in the course of the set he plays this number. Heck of a guitar player. I thought I was the only one who ever heard of him outside Texas until I saw this post. It was followed by another great seldom heard guitar player Ricky Vito and the Lucky Devils. Both concert sets were taped in the mid 90's.
Two of the drummers that I play with have played/toured with Van. One of them is on Van's recent DVD release. I got to meet Van several months back at another friend's gig. He seemed like a really nice guy.
What would you say he used on this recording gear wise?
It's so sexy.
Wow.......I played an outdoor gig in East Texas with this guy around 1980. There were several bands including Rocky Hill(who played GREAT), Bugs Henderson and Van Wilkes. I remember he and I both had little 2x12 50 watt Marshalls. His had a master volume. He did not really like his.
I do remember writing "Change My Ways" with them. I think Danny Swinney was also in on that!
And I certainly remember Pecan Street Studios! We did a whole CD there with Chet.
I remember shows with Van at the Armadillo World Headquarters. I think there are pics/posters at Threadgills of Too Smooth and Van Wilks from those days.
I miss Austin!!
Van sat in with us at the Saxon Pub a couple of months ago. He played through my rig. Great player and a cool guy.
Great song dude!
He typically uses some Fender EJ Strats & this ...
into a Peavey Classic 50 2X12 combo or a Crate V30 1x12.
Yep, I know.