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Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughan Sculpture Dedicated In Kiest Park

Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughan Sculpture Dedicated In Kiest Park

Hundreds of fans, friends and family members turned out to Kiest Park Sunday for the dedication of public artwork memorializing Oak Cliff’s famous blues brothers.

Jimmie Vaughan appeared with special guest Gary Clark, Jr. and performed two songs in front of the memorial. Sunday would’ve been Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 67th birthday.

… “Stevie’s here too,” Vaughan said. “He would be so proud, and my mother and father and my uncles.”

Read more at the Oak Cliff Advocate and The Dallas Morning News.

Photo by Liesbeth Powers

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Kiest Park’s Artwork Pays Tribute to Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughan!

Kiest Park’s Artwork Pays Tribute to Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughan!

A new art project at Kiest Park pays tribute to the musical contributions of Dallas natives and revered blues guitarists Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The artwork – We Are Music and Music is Us – honors the brothers as significant influencers in the music industry and in the history and culture of Dallas.

The City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department and City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture officially welcome the contemporary, metal sculpture at 4 p.m. Sunday, October 3 at Kiest Park, 3080 S. Hampton Road. Jimmie Vaughan and Kirby Warnock will have remarks during a brief presentation. Warnock — documentary film writer, producer and director –­ spearheaded fundraising activities for the art piece.

Almost 100 City of Dallas parks feature diverse public artworks, said park officials. “Parks connect us to outdoor spaces and public art bridges that connection. Art tells stories, starts conversations, and encourages visitors to appreciate diverse visual art forms,” said John D. Jenkins, Director, Dallas Park and Recreation. 

Basque artist Casto Solano created the art to acknowledge the Vaughans’ talents and as an invitation for music fans to reminisce and enjoy their music. We Are Music and Music is Us can serve as a stage or background for small concerts, “linking the material world with the ephemeral ecstasy of music,” according to Solano. “The sculpture creates a place of belonging on which to forge our images together with theirs. A piece that will stand as a homage to two remarkable men,” he added. 

The sculpture is constructed from four COR-TEN or weathering steel-framed screens, formed by ribbons of cut metal. Panels measuring 10’ x 8’ each show imagery of the brothers’ lives and music including their images and lyrics to their most well-known work Tick-Tock. It stands near the trail crosswalk off the park’s main entrance.

“This is a wonderful recognition to these gifted brothers who grew up in Oak Cliff and transformed music worldwide. We are excited to spotlight this harmonious and energetic tribute to the Vaughan brothers in our park system,” Jenkins added.  

The siblings were born and grew up in Oak Cliff near where the sculpture stands. They started playing guitar as children, and by their mid-teens, they were semi-professional musicians. Relocating to Austin in the 1970s, they formed individual bands that influenced the blues revival of the 1980s. Stevie Ray Vaughan died in 1990. 

Warnock, widely known for From Nowhere: The Story of the Vaughan Brothers, established The Vaughan Brothers Art Project to raise money to build and maintain the artwork. Individuals and foundation donations to Vaughanbrosart.com totaled more than $60,000 for the project with major donors including The Cabaniss Family Foundation, Jeffrey Stephen Davis, John Dennis, The Kessler Theater, The North Texas Music Foundation, The Oak Cliff Foundation and Warnock.

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Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughan Sculpture To Be Dedicated On SRV’s Birthday, October 3

Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughan Sculpture To Be Dedicated On SRV’s Birthday, October 3

The Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan sculpture in Kiest Park in Oak Cliff will be dedicated on what would have been SRV’s 67th birthday, October 3. The City of Dallas commissioned artist Casto Solano to design and build the piece, which was installed in the park last year.

Read more at the Oak Cliff Advocate.

Photo by Kirby Warnock

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The Dynamic Sound Of Stevie Ray Vaughan

The Dynamic Sound Of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Far Out Magazine writes, “Stevie Ray Vaughan’s playing contained something indefinable, something which allowed him to play with more than just skill. He played with a tenderness and precision which seemed utterly at odds with one another and yet formed into a cohesive style. His playing was, in a word, sublime.”

Read the full article at FarOutMagazine.co.uk.

In Memory Of Denny Freeman

Denny Freeman and Stevie Ray Vaughan

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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SRV And Double Trouble’s ‘Texas Flood’ Inducted Into GRAMMY Hall Of Fame

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Texas Flood

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.

Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughan Return To Oak Cliff – D Magazine

Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan sculpture in Kiest Park

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

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Preview ‘Austin City Limits’ Special Celebrating Stevie Ray Vaughan

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.

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‘Stevie Ray Vaughan: 30 Years On’ To Air On Austin City Limits

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Austin City Limits returns this fall with new episodes, including “Stevie Ray Vaughan: 30 Years On,” an hour-long special premiering October 19 featuring highlights from the legendary bluesman’s signature performances on ACL in 1983 and 1989, two of the most-requested episodes in the history of the program. Stevie Ray made his final performance on ACL on October 10, 1989, and 30 years after his passing, ACL is showcasing both performances in a rare broadcast featuring back-to-back classics including “Texas Flood,” “Voodoo Child” and “Crossfire” from the Austin legend and his band Double Trouble.

Read more at ACLTV.com and check your local listings for air times.