Being Thankful For Stevie Ray Vaughan

The Roanoke Times recently interviewed Doyle Bramhall II and Eric Johnson, and both spoke about Stevie Ray Vaughan. Here are excerpts from their comments about SRV, and you can read the full transcript at

When I was 17 years old, Stevie actually helped me get sober for the first time. So we were very close, and he helped me out quite a bit. … He would always invite me out and showcase me and try to get my name out there. … He was like an older brother to me. He was my dad’s writing partner and closest friends. Stevie looked up to my father, much how I looked up to Stevie. … I think of him when I think about what the next right move would be, because he always seemed to do what was good for the bigger picture, always, and he always gave his best. – Doyle Bramhall II

First and foremost, he was just such a nice guy, just a very unassuming, humble, down-to-earth, sweet person and easy to talk to. He just loved music. He had a really beautiful passion for it, so he was really able to get out of his own way and be an instrument himself. … There’s all the great players, Albert [King] and Buddy [Guy] and B.B. [King] and Freddie [King]. Stevie had something that was so real, as a second generation [electric] blues player, he was definitely as authentic as you could ever get. – Eric Johnson