Stevie Ray Vaughan

































































Stevie Ray Vaughan
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Dallas, TX
1954-1990
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.
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Average Rating : 4.2              Total Reviews: 13


Stevie Ray Vaughan  10/18/2007            
Amy E B
There is absolutely no way for me to discuss Stevie Ray without sounding like an obsessed person…, which I really won’t deny. The level of music that was brought to this world by such a talented person will never ever again be reached. We lost a pioneer the day he died. I think that with everything that is going on in music these days, good or bad, we can always step back and sink into the pure, passionate sounds of someone who really sang with the love of music, not love of fame, money or all the other crap that some musicians do it for. God Bless you STEVIE!
Stevie Ray Vaughan  11/07/2005            
matthew luman
I would like to hear of more music from his brother jimmy vaughn if any one knows how to get in touch with him give me a call at 817-329-8968
Stevie Ray Vaughan  03/29/2005            
Wig
This is not a review for Stevie Ray Vaughan, but a question posed to those who give a crap. The Muzik Mafia has been everywhere the past few months and there are a few things I like about them and a few things I don't. First, no matter what anyone has to say about Gretchen Wilson, she can sing her ass off. Second, I believe that the message that the Muzik Mafia is spreading is one that people need to hear..."Love Everyone" and "Country Music Without Predjudice." Both are great beliefs that should be spread; HOWEVER, has anyone seen Cowboy Troy? Just because he wears jeans and a cowboy hat does not make him a country act? His song "Play Chicken with the Train" almost made me piss myself. Granted, one could make the case that "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" was a sort of rap song, in a messed up I sllep with my sister sort of way, but this crap crosses the line. I'm all about giving the artist the benefit of the doubt because of the sacrifices they've made, but the line has to be drawn somewhere. In the end, this could be a blessing for the type of music that everyone in this forum loves because America might begin to see through the smoke and mirrors of Country Top 40 radio, just as it did when disco country was in vogue, and the real revolution will begin! So in the end, keep turning out the crap Cowboy Troy!
Stevie Ray Vaughan  01/31/2005            
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Stevie gets a Best Guitar Player award from me, stevie is a 250 stars, SRV is my Voodoo Child always and forever. From, melissa
Stevie Ray Vaughan  04/03/2004            
ks
very good
Stevie Ray Vaughan  04/03/2004            
ks
very good
Stevie Ray Vaughan  11/27/2003            
augustusmccrae
I don't know a lot about the Blues but S.R.Vaughn was turned me onto the blues in a big way. Last week I went to B.L.U.E.S. and Legend's in Chicago (1000 or so miles) because I heard Stevie Ray on my CD player. What else can I say?
Stevie Ray Vaughan  10/16/2003            
bluen at sunrise
leave my girl alone
Stevie Ray Vaughan  10/16/2003            
bluen at sunrise
leave my girl alone
Stevie Ray Vaughan  08/09/2002            
Tex
best guitarist of all time
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