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Stevie Ray Vaughan

With his astonishingly accomplished guitar playing, Stevie Ray Vaughan ignited the blues revival of the '80s. Vaughan drew equally from bluesmen like Albert King, Otis Rush, and Muddy Waters and rock & roll players like Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack, as well as the stray jazz guitarist like Kenny Burrell, developing a uniquely eclectic and fiery style that sounded like no other guitarist, regardless of genre. Vaughan bridged the gap between blues and rock like no other artist had since the late '60s. For the next seven years, Stevie Ray was the leading light in American blues, consistently selling out concerts while his albums regularly went gold. His tragic death in 1990 only emphasized his influence in blues and American rock & roll.

Born and raised in Dallas, Vaughan began playing guitar as a child, inspired by older brother Jimmie. When he was in junior high school, he began playing in a number of garage bands, which occasionally landed gigs in local nightclubs. By the time he was 17, he had dropped out of high school to concentrate on playing music. Vaughan's first real band was the Cobras, who played clubs and bars in Austin during the mid-'70s. Following that group's demise, he formed Triple Threat in 1975. Triple Threat also featured bassist Jackie Newhouse, drummer Chris Layton, and vocalist Lou Ann Barton. After a few years of playing Texas bars and clubs, Barton left the band in 1978. The group decided to continue performing under the name Double Trouble, which was inspired by the Otis Rush song of the same name; Vaughan became the band's lead singer.

For the next few years, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble played the Austin area, becoming one of the most popular bands in Texas. In 1982, the band played the Montreux Festival and their performance caught the attention of David Bowie and Jackson Browne. After Double Trouble's performance, Bowie asked Vaughan to play on his forthcoming album, while Browne offered the group free recording time at his Los Angeles studio, Downtown; both offers were accepted. Stevie Ray laid down the lead guitar tracks for what became Bowie's Let's Dance album in late 1982. Shortly afterward, John Hammond, Sr. landed Vaughan and Double Trouble a record contract with Epic, and the band recorded its debut album in less than a week at Downtown.

Vaughan's debut album, Texas Flood, was released in the summer of 1983, a few months after Bowie's Let's Dance appeared. On its own, Let's Dance earned Vaughan quite a bit of attention, but Texas Flood was a blockbuster blues success; receiving positive reviews in both blues and rock publications, reaching number 38 on the charts, and crossing over to album rock radio stations. Bowie offered Vaughan the lead guitarist role for his 1983 stadium tour, but he turned him down, preferring to play with Double Trouble. Vaughan and Double Trouble set off on a successful tour and quickly recorded their second album, Couldn't Stand the Weather, which was released in May of 1984. The album was more successful than its predecessor, reaching number 31 on the charts; by the end of 1985, the album went gold. Double Trouble added keyboardist Reese Wynans in 1985, before they recorded their third album, Soul to Soul. The record was released in August 1985 and was also quite successful, reaching number 34 on the charts.

Although his professional career was soaring, Vaughan was sinking deep into alcoholism and drug addiction. Despite his declining health, Vaughan continued to push himself, releasing the double live album Live Alive in October of 1986 and launching an extensive American tour in early 1987. Following the tour, Vaughan checked into a rehabilitation clinic. The guitarist's time in rehab was kept fairly quiet, and for the next year Stevie Ray and Double Trouble were fairly inactive. Vaughan performed a number of concerts in 1988, including a headlining gig at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and wrote his fourth album. The resulting record, In Step, appeared in June of 1989 and became his most successful album, peaking at number 33 on the charts, earning a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Recording, and going gold just over six months after its release.

In the spring of 1990, Stevie Ray recorded an album with his brother Jimmie, which was scheduled for release in the fall of the year. In the late summer of 1990, Vaughan and Double Trouble set out on an American headlining tour. On August 26, 1990, their East Troy, WI, gig concluded with an encore jam featuring guitarists Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, and Robert Cray. After the concert, Stevie Ray boarded a helicopter bound for Chicago. Minutes after its 12:30 a.m. takeoff, the helicopter crashed, killing Vaughan and the other four passengers. He was only 35 years old.

Family Style, Stevie Ray's duet album with Jimmie, appeared in October and entered the charts at number seven. Family Style began a series of posthumous releases that were as popular as the albums Vaughan released during his lifetime. The Sky Is Crying, a collection of studio outtakes compiled by Jimmie, was released in October of 1991; it entered the charts at number ten and went platinum three months after its release. In the Beginning, a recording of a Double Trouble concert in 1980, was released in the fall of 1992 and the compilation Greatest Hits was released in 1995. In 1999, Vaughan's original albums were remastered and reissued, with The Real Deal: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 also appearing that year. 2000 saw the release of the four-disc box SRV, which concentrated heavily on outtakes, live performances, and rarities. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble

Disc 1

5. Texas Flood

Disc 2

1. Say What!

2. Look At Little Sister

3. Change It

4. Come On (Part III)

5. Life Without You

6. Little Wing

7. Willie The Wimp (Live)

8. Superstition (Live)

9. Leave My Girl Alone (Live)

10. The House Is Rockin'

11. Crossfire

12. Tightrope

13. Wall Of Denial

14. Riviera Paradise

15. Telephone Song (The Vaughan Bros.)

16. Long Way From Home (The Vaughan Bros.

17. Life By The Drop

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Track List: Couldn't Stand The Weather

1. Scuttle Buttin'

2. Couldn't Stand The Weather

3. The Things (that) I Used To Do

4. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

5. Cold Shot

6. Tin Pan Alley

7. Honey Bee

8. Stang's Swang

9. SRV Speaks

10. Hide Away

11. Look At Little Sister

12. Give Me Back My Wig

13. Come On (Pt. III)

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jeff.heyer
Stevie Ray was somethin' special
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Hey Steve, we miss ya buddy. Rock that Heaven my friend.
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Best of The Best
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The player who is most like SRV is Mato Nanji of Indigenous. I know it's sacriligeous to suggest it, but maybe even better.
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Mato Nanji of Indigenous somehow channels SRV - astonishing.
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one of the Best
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Not a lot of guitarists would even attempt this cut. Hendrix made his own. Then along came Stevie Ray Vaughan.....
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Pride and joy is the best
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SRV, Rocks Double Trouble. Smoke a fatty & relax. U know God let weed grow. Medical reasons. Just now figuring out. What the lndians already figured out.
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SRV, Rocks Double Trouble!! Smoking a fatty & just relax.
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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, they just Jam man!
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Funny that Johnny winter wasn't on the similarities ,
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annemayard
Damn s**t rip
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Everytime I hear this I know Dad's home Started liking this myself
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No it is Breathe by Faith every mans dream...Sorr y I made u cry yesterday with that one song...Did not mean to. Hope brother better too
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S R V is my very favorite Blues Artist!~ I wish he was still here. May he rest in Eternal Peace. His music will live on forever!~
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To give a little perspective on how good he was, he f**king played lead AND rythym at the same time
Keep in mind all he had was a bass player
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Amazing blues!!!
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nothing beats listening great Stevie Ray and his fellows here in a rainy day in Salt Lake City, Thanks you all for Making so.
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I've been on the planet for over 70 years and have seen and heard many, if not the most, celebrated guitar players in the genres that mater:jazz, blues and rock n roll. I'm a big fan of Hendrix and T-Bone Walker as well as Rory Gallagher. Stevie Ray Vaughn is the finest guitar player I've ever heard. I was fortunate to catch his performances 3 times. Incredible talent and an incredible loss.
Helicopters. . . I spent 2 tours of duty in Vietnam as a Marine platoon sergeant. I HATE choppers.
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What can i say that ain't been SAID. What a guitarist HEAVEN S GOT SOME BAND
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Play it for Tejas
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prsfmail-man
One Bad A**... S.R.Vaughan forever!
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Bad a** jam....
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Oak Cliff Texas baby....
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Best song he would play live
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The blues ain't worth a damn unless you give them to somebody
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jimini56
Steven had this deal it was going on with his guitar playing plethara of Beck Hendrix Guy King Vaughn Blues #-)
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hershey480
Say him at the University of Colorado very early on in his career and have been a great fan ever spence. Love me some Stevie!
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I can jamm with this freak n" son of a gun!!!!!!!
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I had the pleasure of attending a concert in south padre island, Texas in 1986 spring break.let me tell you I will never forget how bad a** S.R.V jammed.with a keg of beer next to me and my then girlfriend. I had the time off my life.continu e jamming stevie, continue jamming.you live in my memory.
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You will never be forgotten SRV!!!
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Aside from the obvious guitar influences SRV adopted and melded into his own unique style, I would compare his star to Buddy Holly. Who can know just what this young man might have done between now and then?
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killerspade2 9
I had a chance to see SRV live in a small bar in Lake City, Fla in 1973. Didn't know who he was and blew it.......I went to a movie, instead. Wow! What a mistake!
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Bring it on down Bro
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Lisa it is live on STEVIE!
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Someone once asked SRV how he played so good. He said, Aw I just got big hands. Those hands did things on the guitar no one had done before and no one has done since.
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Play on Stevie, play on!!
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The best ever, many great pickers , but none as awesome as srv!!!
Rip brother!
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Not to many people can play like that can they
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Playing on a cloud somewhere in heaven serenading the Angels with some Tin Pan Alley
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1 of theee best Stevie mothafuccin Ray Vaughan
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One bmf.
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Jeff Young for me
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The best guitarist I've heard
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sliptera_666
Rip srv, such an inspiration to all musicians , his music will forever be remembered . Peace and love to all who read this. Try to treat others as the way you would want to be treated
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The greatest guitarist ever! Seen him at Fox Theater in St. Louis. I'll never forget it !
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SRV loooovvvveee e e e vodo chile , one bad a$$ song , boy stevie can make that guitar moan. Best blues man EVER !!!!! !!!!!!! My favorite song he does !
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I was at UT in the late 70's when Stevie and Eric Johnson were jammin' at the local clubs like Antones. Stevie was the best blues guitarist who ever lived. I can't imagine the music he would have made since 1990. He will be missed.
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Gone too soon, but still Jammin. Can you imagine what it's like in Heaven with all these musicians? I'll be there someday to meet them ALL... Godspeed Stevie!!
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