Stevie Ray Vaughan
Stevie Ray Vaughan will always have a very special place in the hearts of blues fans. An incredible showman and an even more unbelievable guitarist, Stevie Ray Vaughan was a shooting star like few others. As much as the music world loved him for his musicianship, those that knew him best loved him even more as a man. They admired him as an overall great person. He had his vices, but he conquered them and made a complete turnaround. Just when he became sober and out on the road touring, that an unfortunate twist of fate took his life. We still mourn the loss of this incredible blues man but are grateful for the music that he’s left behind. His music is an inspiration to a new generation of blues guitar aficionados and future generations of blues fans.
For blues fans, most consider Stevie Ray Vaughan to be a big factor in the blues revival during the 1980’s. For them it was a refreshing change from the predominant sound of that decade. He and his brother Jimmie Vaughan along with the likes of Albert Collins and Robert Cray and a few others assisted as well.
Vaughan was a stunning guitarist who mesmerized crowds and listeners with a signature sound and breathtaking skill, combining the influences of both Texas and Chicago blues. His guitar gymnastics echoed those of Jimi Hendrix, and that combined with his soulful, original style made his music irresistible to rock fans as well as blues aficionados.
The Texas native dropped out of high school and made his way to Austin to play music; he formed a band that soon became well-known in the city. Eventually he and his band were signed to Epic and their first release, Texas Flood, made blues history. He had taken his rightful place alongside other blues legends when his life and career were cut short by tragedy. Vaughan died in a helicopter crash after a performance with Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton.
Essential listening: “Pride and Joy,” “The Sky is Crying,” “Texas Flood,” “Couldn’t Stand the Weather,” “Little Wing”
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