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"...He was this scrawny 28-year-old kid bouncing around his South Austin apartment, getting ready to leave that day for superstardom and the great wide open. It was June 1983, and Stevie Ray Vaughan had recently quit David Bowie's outfit to play his own music -- to support his debut, Texas Flood, which had just come out but already gone into its second pressing...."
"...Dear Chronicle, This letter is a reaction to Margaret Moser’s feature story regarding the five Jimi Hendrix albums released in March by Sony Legacy [”Not Necessarily Stoned but Beautiful,” Music, May 14]. When I first read Moser’s article, The Big Lebowski analogies rushed to my mind as I imagined my the Dude to Moser’s Walter Sobchak. With hopes that my oft-repeated question will actually be answered, I raise my voice to ask, “What does Stevie Ray Vaughan have to do with anything?” This question is a symptom of my exhaustion brought on by the nostalgia peddled by the Chronicle, and Austin in general, on a regular basis..."
"...After a brief sojourn to California, Ray and his wife Diana moved to Austin in 1970 where his music career flourished alongside a gang of Dallas ex-pats including Denny Freeman and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Both guitarists backed Ray in the Cobras, who were a staple at Soap Creek Saloon and later Antone’s...."
"...The news came suddenly yesterday that Jimmie Vaughan had suffered a heart attack the previous week – on Wednesday, Jan. 23..."
"...Eternal Austin guitar hero Jimmie Vaughan celebrates 50 years making music on Tuesdays at the Continental Club, hosting a residency that runs through New Year’s Eve. He usually brings his stinging blues to larger stages, so it’s a great opportunity to catch the older brother and original influence of Stevie Ray Vaughan up close and personal...."
"...I had to go into some of the dark periods of my life, and that was uncomfortable writing about the wreckage of the past. But then I got to put in there about getting clean and sober when I was 41 years old, and about how Stevie Ray Vaughan did a 12-step call on me.”..."
"...He made stage costumes, too. He made the bolero jacket Stevie Ray Vaughan wore onstage..."
"...Dear Editor, Your latest article by Margaret Moser [“They Call Me Hurricane,” Music, Sept. 5] on the lost history of Stevie Ray Vaughan's recordings brought up old memories of mine when I was working for Third Coast Studios back in the late 1970s, when the "Texas Flood" video was being taped there..."
"..."Paul was a mentor to all of us blues players because he was older and experienced. He taught us a lot," offered fellow Dallas transplant Jimmie Vaughan, who booked his first residency at age 13 (with his band Swinging Pendulums) at the suggestion of Ray, then later played with him in Storm and Texas Storm..."
"...This is by far the biggest thing this week for Austin music and in a long time for that matter. How many bands from Austin have been inducted into the freaking Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?? I would be embarrassed when Double Trouble and Jimmie Vaughan see this puny tribute..."
"...In the mid-Seventies, he founded the Cobras, as good a group that ever called Austin home. They became the house band for a rolling party of rhythm & blues lovers, and how could they not? On guitars were Denny Freeman and a young Stevie Vaughan, and a rhythm section of Alex Napier and Rodney Craig..."
"...Who do you think made the introduction between Denny Bruce and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, putting in motion the record deal that put Austin blues on the map? Who hooked up Stevie Vaughan with manager Alex Hodges? Who brought together Lance Armstrong's management and the folks who made the Austin City Limits festival happen?..."
"...I run around the Town Lake hike and bike trail four or five times a week. Every time I do, I swerve off the trail, stick out my left hand, and touch the right hand of Stevie Ray Vaughan..."
"...Having had the Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble box set laid in front of them, the wood-grain photo on its hardcover jacket blending with the outdoor furniture on the deck at Central Market north, Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon stare at the latest packaging of their legacy somewhat blankly. All those years backing a musician many critics and fans consider the most naturally gifted guitarist since Jimi Hendrix -- Austin's Stevie Ray Vaughan -- can't be processed on command..."
"...Something you probably didn’t know about Austin’s Stevie Ray Vaughan: “Pride & Joy,” perhaps the most enduring song the late blues guitar sensation put lyrics to, was originally titled “Sweet Thang.” Nice tweak...."
"...Over the next 40 years, the blues club would become the stomping grounds of legends like B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and cement itself in Austin music history...."
"...The program, celebrating 40 years on TV, returned to KLRU’s Studio 6A to induct its inaugural Hall of Fame class. That the choices were obvious – Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, UT football coach Darrell Royal, and ACL creator Bill Arhos – in no way diminished the proceedings...."
"...Removing rock concerts from the Shores would be especially ironic, given that the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue was placed there specifically to honor the many great performances he gave at the edge of Town Lake...."
"...The last time Jimmie Vaughan sat down with the Chronicle at Iron Works Barbecue, a violent thunderstorm erupted. No sooner had the food arrived than the thunder rolled out and boom, boom! Out went the lights...."
"...Then there were the notables: Doug Sahm, Alvin Crow, and Stevie Ray Vaughan...."
"...Of the holy local psych triumvirate – Conqueroo, 13th Floor Elevators, and Shiva's Headband – only the last still swung, but freedom flourished nonetheless. Jimmie Vaughan felt it when he visited from the Big D in the mid-1960s, playing sticky-floor gigs at fraternity houses around the University of Texas and finding his way to Eastside clubs Marie's T Room and Alexander's, places where the blues was a life raft for listeners who sometimes could barely afford air to breathe..."
"...August 27 marks 20 years since Stevie Ray Vaughan took that fateful helicopter ride after a show at Alpine Valley in Michigan. To commemorate, Legacy Records reissued Couldn’t Stand the Weather, Vaughan’s second record with Double Trouble and their first platinum seller...."
"...I was going with a girl who was trying to get me into recovery. She was giving me little hints like, 'You're a bad drunk.' I didn't really know Stevie [Ray Vaughan], but I'd run into him at Riverside Studios..."
"...Ray, 73, succumbed to ongoing health problems in January and thus closed the door on Twine Time, which he’d hosted since 1979. Prior to his tenure in the deejay booth, he was the charismatic, silky-voiced namesake of young blues lions Paul Ray & the Cobras, home to a boyish Stevie Ray Vaughan playing rhythm guitar opposite Denny Freeman..."
"...“Master Blaster” rippled and rolled next, and maybe it was universal shock at the reality of what was unfolding live and in person that prompted Wonder to ask at the song’s conclusion, “Feeling all right? Feeling all right with us? With each other?” The talk box he employed for a brief lesson on Texas blues, including a snippet of “Further on Up the Road” and mention of Stevie Ray Vaughan, preceded loose funk that morphed into “Higher Ground.” By that point, everyone had come to rest on said plain. With “Ribbon in the Sky,” Wonder returned to the piano for an unhurried and luxurious 20-minute singalong, time slowing, slowing, and finally pausing to lose itself in free form soul..."
"...Denny Freeman, who shared guitar duties with Stevie Ray Vaughan in Seventies heroes Paul Ray & the Cobras, visited his singer-turned-deejay buddy in the hospital...."
"...Winter got it all and the Johnny Winter Trio, with Tommy Shannon on bass, went on to make blues history. Somehow, Turner’s role went largely unacknowledged. After leaving Winter, he relocated to Austin and played in Krackjack with Shannon and Stevie Ray Vaughan, while plying his blues trade sitting in, backing up, and recording with artists such as Jimi Hendrix, B.B..."
"...It was as if he was looking at life through tinted sunglasses, as if everything had been repainted black. That's how Double Trouble bassist Tommy Shannon remembers the months after Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed in a helicopter crash following an August 1990 performance in Alpine Valley, Wisconsin...."
"...Mostly, I learned the blues during my late teens in Austin's dives of the early Seventies, from Jimmie Vaughan and Doyle Bramhall in Storm, Paul Ray in the Cobras, W.C. Clark and Angela Strehli in Southern Feeling, and Stevie Vaughan and Keith Ferguson in the Nightcrawlers..."
"...As a producer, he took home a 2002 WC Handy Blues Award for Marcia Ball's Presumed Innocent and produced Circle by Native American rockers Indigenous, a Jazz/Blues winner in the Native American Music Awards. And as a songwriter, he's written with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Vaughan as well as with his son, Doyle..."
"...Fifteen years ago Lou Ann Barton and Paul Ray opened the first Austin Music Awards at Club Foot by presenting a batch of honors to Austin music's Class of 1982. Next week, at the Austin Music Hall, Paul Ray will again emcee, while Barton is due to perform with Jimmie Vaughan (a previous winner as part of the Fabulous Thunderbirds that very first year)..."
"...There's one memory of Stevie Ray Vaughan so powerful it comes to my mind whenever his name is evoked. A blues guitarist was onstage playing at the original Antone's some forgotten night around 1975 -- Albert Collins, maybe, Luther Allison? Buddy Guy, Fenton Robinson, whoever it was I don't recall, not because it was insignificant, but rather because I was watching Stevie..."
"...Greatest hits include lead-off batter and Brownsville native Kris Kristofferson being profiled by future George W. Bush adviser Mark McKinnon; Stevie Ray Vaughan's two identical covers; Daniel Johnston illustrating his own profile; Doug Sahm and Clifford Antone memorial issues; Alejandro Escovedo's record-setting eight covers; a SXSW staging of Gary Clark Jr., Black Joe Lewis, and Brannen Temple posing as businessmen while their 13th Floor Elevators operator Roky Erickson looks on; and Billy Joe Shaver baptized in Barton Springs...."
"...Musician of the Decade1. Stevie Ray Vaughan 2..."
"...Clark and Angela Strehli. He recalls that Jimmie Vaughan's Storm set the precedent for Blue Mondays back then, holding down a weekly gig for nearly five years at the One Knite, the predecessor of Stubb's...."
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"...A year later in 1990, upon Clifford Antone's invitation, the Northerner touched down in Austin, helping usher in a new era of torchbearers for the blues city reeling from the death of Stevie Ray Vaughan and the end of Jimmie Vaughan's reign in the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Foley quickly proved her mettle with 1992 debut Young Girl Blues and the breakout Big City Blues in 1995, joining the ranks of blues royalty like Barbara Lynn and Marcia Ball on the Antone's label...."
"...Paul Ray, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Joe Ely, 1990..."
"...Fabulous Thunderbirds, LeRoi Brothers, and Angela Strehli guaranteed a fiery showcase for a genre taking up the gauntlet after Nelson’s outlaw country of the Seventies. Then Stevie Ray Vaughan called just prior to the date to ask if his band could play a surprise set..."
"...Slipping in and out of multiple modes – producer, singer, songwriter, sideman – the Dallas-born guitarist, 47, began his journeyman's path as a rhythm stringer for the Fabulous Thunderbirds at the age of 18. Soon thereafter, in 1992, he and Charlie Sexton took up the reins of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan's rhythm section, Double Trouble (bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton), and formed the Arc Angels, a hit act for Geffen Records...."
"...Despite the Dallas-reared mainstay preferring to keep his profile low and credits extensive, there's one irrefutable fact about his local tenure of nearly 40 years: Derek O'Brien ranks alongside Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Denny Freeman, and Bill Campbell as Austin's chairmen of the board – blues guitar division. James Cotton's Colored Socks..."
"...Dressed in a white suit jacket that matched white eyeglass frames, Wertheimer was more guide than host on opening night, returning again and again to old pictures on the wall around a heart-shaped mirror. There reside photographs of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughan, playing a small stage in a packed club on West 29th, where Texas French Bread is now...."
"...It's also for Derek O'Brien, Angela Strehli, Charlie Sexton, Paul and Diana Ray, Jimmie Vaughan, Sue Foley, Kim Wilson, Joe Ely, Denny Freeman, Riley Osborn, Bob Schneider, Lou Ann Barton, Ray Benson, Connie Hancock, and Marcia Ball. It's for Ian Moore, Will Sexton, Doyle Bramhalls I & II, Mike Judge, Miss Lavelle White, Gary Clark Jr., and the Keller Brothers..."
"...StevIe Ray Vaughan & Double TroubleThe Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble (Epic/Legacy) There will be no complaining this time. Seems that every autumn welcomes a new Stevie Ray Vaughan collection, even though the local blues legend has been dead since 1990..."
"..."There are certain things that can't be taught," says Jimmie Vaughan, who brought Clark to the attention of Eric Clapton, a major figure in the young bluesman's rise. "You either get it or you don't, and even as a 13-year-old, Gary got it..."
"...I got sidetracked on the "Fifty Fingers" story and moved to Los Angeles instead, but for me there's an aura surrounding Freeman to this day. He went on to become a foundation of Austin music, playing in Storm with Jimmie Vaughan, forming the Cobras with Paul Ray (an early vehicle for Stevie Ray Vaughan), and being featured in groups with Angela Strehli and Lou Ann Barton before moving to California to work with Taj Mahal's Phantom Blues Band and then five years playing lead guitar in Bob Dylan's group..."
"...Though he's known for playing in two of rock's most famous trios, Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Tommy Shannon has distinguished his résumé by playing in six trios throughout his lifetime. That's why when asked to comment on his experience, his reply is quick: "Oh yeah! I live in trios!"..."
"...Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double TroubleTexas Flood Legacy Edition (Epic/Legacy)..."