Friday, August 27, 2010

Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954-1990)

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Stevie Ray Vaughan.  One of the great blues guitarists of the 20th century, Vaughan's life was tragically cut short in a helicopter crash just hours after his final performance at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wisconsin.  The concert ended with an all-star jam featuring Vaughan, brother Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, and Robert Cray.  Initially, Clapton was also scheduled to be on the helicopter, but he gave his seat up to a member of Buddy Guy's band.

Here's just a quick sample of Stevie Ray Vaughan's work:


One of my favorite tunes:


Jimmie Vaughan, a blues guitarist in his own right, spent a lot of time struggling with the death of his brother. He collaborated with Art Neville on the tribute song "Six Strings Down" which is also worth a listen. The song is introduced by a clip of Jimmie talking about how the song came to be:

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