This great Elmore James song has been on everyone’s “must learn” list since it was made famous by Stevie Ray Vaughan. The Sky is Crying is not much different than many other slow blues songs, but Stevie’s powerful, soulful version is what makes it special.
So really what people are saying is… I want to learn some Stevie Ray slow blues lead licks.
And if that’s what you want to do then you might want to know Stevie Ray really got most of his slow blues licks from Albert King. So if you want to go right to the source, you should give a hard listen to Albert King, who really is the master of this style of slow blues.
But what I’m saying is… if you want to learn how to play slow blues correctly, you need to do what Stevie did… go find the masters of that style that turn you on and listen and learn. Cop licks if you must (that’s what Stevie did), but ultimately, if you want to play great slow blues, you’ve got to find your own voice. You’ve got to find the sound and licks that really turn YOU on. That’s the only way you will ever become a great slow blues guitar player.
So to get you started, here’s some videos with variations of great slow blues guitarists playing The Sky Is Crying.
Then we have a video with some lessons on how to start learning some actual lick and slow blues scales. That should get you on the road to becoming a great slow blues guitarist.