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Guitar great Denny Freeman, a staple of the Austin music scene, has died aged 76 after a brief cancer battle. Freeman worked with everyone from Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan to Bob Dylan and Taj Mahal over his more than 50 year career, and played piano and organ in addition to electric guitar.
Freeman became a central figure in the burgeoning Austin blues scene that launched both SRV and Jimmie Vaughan’s Fabulous Thunderbirds, among many other acts.
Read more at Guitar World.
Photo: The Cobras upstairs at Antone’s, 1976 photo by Billy Cross
Joe Sublett, Rodney Craig, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Alex Napier, Denny
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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s 1983 album Texas Flood is among 29 albums and singles inducted in 2021 into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in recognition of their historical significance.
Each year recordings that are at least 25 years old are reviewed by a special committee from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by the Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. With 29 new titles, the Hall, now in its 48th year, currently totals 1,142 recordings.
Read the complete list of inductees at GRAMMY.com.
We Are Music & Music Is Us, a four-panel weathered steel piece by Spanish sculptor Casto Solano, honors both Stevie Ray and his older brother, Jimmie. Appropriately, it is located in Kiest Park, a few blocks from where the Vaughans grew up.
Since you can see through it and view it from both sides and multiple angles, We Are Music & Music Is Us changes with the time of day and the weather and where you happen to be standing.
Read more at D Magazine.
Photo by Zac Crain
Stevie Ray Vaughan on Austin City Limits: 30 Years On premieres on most PBS stations on Saturday, October 17th. Check your local station listings for details or stream it at pbs.org/austincitylimits beginning Saturday night at 11 p.m. CT.
“My brother was so incredibly talented,” guitarist and Stevie Ray’s older brother Jimmie Vaughan said in a statement. “Austin City Limits captured many of his best performances.”
Rolling Stone is sharing a performance from each concert: A rendition of “Pride & Joy” from his ACL debut in December 1983 and “Crossfire” from his October 1989 ACL gig.
- ‘Stevie Ray Vaughan: 30 Years On’ To Air On Austin City Limits – September 21, 2020