25 Years: Remembering Stevie Ray Vaughan

August 27: Today is the 25th anniversary of one of the saddest days in music history. Stevie Ray Vaughan was only 35 years old when he lost his life. This photo captures Stevie on stage in New York shortly after the release of his immortal debut Texas Flood.

Dallas City Council Approves Public Art Project Honoring Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan – The Dallas Morning News

The city of Dallas has signed off on Oak Cliff filmmaker Kirby Warnock’s proposed piece of public art in Kiest Park honoring Stevie Ray Vaughan and older brother Jimmie. … Without any discussion, the Dallas City Council OK’d spending $142,000 on the yet-to-be-defined piece.

About half of that ($74,000) will come from 2006 bond funds already set aside for a piece in Kiest Park, which is mere blocks from the Vaughan brothers’ childhood home. The rest will come from the Oak Cliff Foundation, which is on the hook for $68,000 – $28,000 of which will go toward the project, with the other $40,000 being set aside for its future maintenance.

Read more at The Dallas Morning News. Contributions, to be managed by the Oak Cliff Foundation, can be made at The Vaughan Brothers Art Project website.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Vaughan

Tune In: Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2015 Premieres On HBO May 30th

Tune in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony this Saturday, May 30th at 8 p.m. EDT on HBO​! John Mayer​ inducted SRV & Double Trouble during the ceremony, which was recorded April 18th at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Jimmie Vaughan, the members of Double Trouble, and their guests all performed.

In celebration of SRV & Double Trouble’s induction, here are some of their best music videos.

Listen to the ‘Class of 2015’ Spotify Playlist:

Jimmie Vaughan Remembers Brother Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Sweetness’ – Rolling Stone

Jimmie Vaughan paid an emotional tribute to his younger brother Stevie Ray Vaughan at Saturday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Afterward, he spoke with Rolling Stone about his brother’s gentle personality and competitive spirit. Here is an excerpt:

When you were up there you said it was important to talk about Stevie Ray the person. Why was it important to talk about that aspect of his life?

Because most people know he was an incredible guitar player and a great musician and a singer and he wrote songs and he was a great performer. Everybody knows all that, which is absolutely amazing. But what they may not know is that he was a sweet guy and he would do anything for you, and that was just the way he always was.

What’s one of your strongest memories of your brother?

Oh, there are so many. He could just play so much harder than everybody. … If he was trying to beat you onstage, if he couldn’t beat you he would pull out Albert King licks and Jimi Hendrix licks, and then usually people would just give up.

Read more at Rolling Stone.

Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble now have a permanent spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Texas guitar hero was inducted into the historic museum on April 18 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony airs on HBO on May 30.

… “I know he would want to thank the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but most of all he would want to thank his fans,” Jimmie Vaughan told the crowd. SRV and Double Trouble received 18 million votes to be inducted into the Rock Hall.

“When it turned out we were nominated, next thing I know we are the top vote getters–18 million votes,” keyboardist Reese Wynans said. “’Unbelievable,’ I said, “This is too much, too much to ask for.'” – TWCNews

It was a moment fitting of the magic and emotion that filled Stevie Ray Vaughan’s music.
Having thrilled the capacity crowd Saturday at the 30th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with sizzling blues guitar solos and fever-pitch vocals on Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride and Joy” and “Texas Flood,” Jimmie Vaughan gathered the members of Double Trouble and their guest performers for the finale of their three-song set. Jimmie alone played guitar as they went into “Six Strings Down,” a tribute to his younger brother from Jimmie’s 1994 album Strange Pleasures.

… Finally getting the nod from the Rock Hall, seven years after Stevie and his band first became eligible, clearly meant a lot to everyone involved. “It’s very emotional, but it’s also happy, too,” Jimmie said Saturday morning. “We all loved my brother.”

Double Trouble bassist Tommy Shannon, who also celebrated his 69th birthday Saturday, agreed. He kept his acceptance speech admirably short, concluding simply that “if it wasn’t for Stevie, I wouldn’t be here.” Earlier Saturday, he’d said that if Stevie were here, “I think he would have loved it. He was a very humble guy. I think he would be very thankful and glad to be here.”

… Drummer Chris Layton shared a few stories about Stevie and remembered how the guitarist summed up the band’s credo: “We need to put our foot on the gas pedal, and we need to floor it.” – Austin American-Statesman

John Mayer took the stage to speak about the man who he’s said is his biggest influence, Stevie Ray Vaughan. “I figured out there was two ways to play guitar. There was playing chords, and doing that other thing, [which] was elemental. Stevie Ray was doing the other thing. Stevie Ray Vaughan is the ultimate guitar hero.”

“There was an intensity there. There was intensity that only he could achieve, it was as otherworldly as Hendrix, but while Hendrix came from outer space, Stevie came from below the ground. He took the style of every blues guitar player who ever lived, and put it into one language.”

After the members of Double Trouble spoke, Jimmie Vaughan, a solo artist and guitar legend, said that his younger brother loved playing guitar more than anyone he ever knew, and said that Stevie Ray would have been proud to be inducted. “I couldn’t be more proud of him; he was the most talented cool brother anyone could ever have,” he said, choking up. “Music lost a good man, our family lost our beloved. Every day I wake up sober, I think of my brother. In the end, the little brother taught the big brother.” – Radio K-Earth

Tommy Shannon Remembers Best Friend Stevie Ray Vaughan – TWC

Bassist Tommy Shannon was just 26 when he walked into a Houston bar and was floored by the young guitarist onstage.

“Stevie was playing,” Shannon said. “Just a like a beam of light went through my head. ‘That’s where I belong.’”

… That chance meeting welcomed in a decade of music, tours, gold records and critical acclaim for Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend.

“He was my very best friend,” Shannon said. “After I realized I lost him, I realized what a great musical thing I lost, too.”

Watch the Tommy Shannon interview at

Gary Clark, Jr. To Perform At SRV And Double Trouble Rock Hall Induction

Gary Clark, Jr. has been added to the performance tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble at this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 18. As previously announced, SRV’s brother, Jimmie Vaughan, also will perform and John Mayer will induct SRV and the band.

Tickets to the ceremony are sold out, but there’s still space at the big-screen simulcast at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum — the only place to see the ceremony the night of the event ($22; HBO will air the ceremony on May 30.

Read more at Pitchfork.

Rock And Roll Class Of 2015: SRV & Double Trouble Are Pride And Joy of Jimmie Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Green Day, Bill Withers, Lou Reed, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the “5” Royales and Ringo Starr all will be enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in ceremonies on Saturday, April 18, at Cleveland’s Public Hall.

It will be a bittersweet moment for Jimmie Vaughan. The pride and joy, to borrow a phrase, will be in seeing his little brother inducted. But there will also be remembrance.

“If you knew him as a person, you knew he was a special person with wonderful enthusiasm, and was very loving, and that’s what shone through when he would play guitar,” Vaughan said.

… The affection Stevie Ray and his Double Trouble bandmates had was such that his brother believes they’d still be playing together today.

“I think about it, but there’s no way to really know,” he said. “I do know he would still be playing, still learning, still changing and still having fun.’