Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Texas bluesman so revered he had his own title – SRV. He blazed a trail through the music world before his untimely departure. Born on October 3, 1954, in Dallas, Texas, Vaughan's love affair with the blues began at an early age, inspired by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Albert King.

Double Trouble

Vaughan's breakthrough came in the early 1980s when he formed the band Double Trouble, featuring Chris Layton on drums and Tommy Shannon on bass. Their electrifying performances at local clubs in Austin caught the attention of music industry insiders, leading to a record deal with Epic Records.

In 1983, Double Trouble released their debut album, "Texas Flood," which catapulted Vaughan to stardom. The album's title track, a blistering cover of the Larry Davis classic, showcased Vaughan's searing guitar work and soulful vocals, earning him critical acclaim and a Grammy nomination.

Stevie's Solo Career

Throughout the 1980s, Vaughan and Double Trouble released a string of successful albums, including "Couldn't Stand the Weather" (1984) and "Soul to Soul" (1985). Hits like "Pride and Joy," "Cold Shot," and "Crossfire" solidified Vaughan's status as a blues guitar legend and earned him a devoted fan base around the world.

In addition to his solo work, Vaughan collaborated with a diverse array of artists, from blues legends like Albert King and B.B. King to rock icons like Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. His willingness to cross musical boundaries and experiment with different styles endeared him to audiences of all backgrounds.

Stevie's Legacy

Offstage, Vaughan battled personal demons, including addiction and tumultuous relationships, which ultimately contributed to his tragic death in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990, at the age of 35. His passing was a loss felt deeply by the music community, but his legacy lives on through his timeless music and unforgettable performances.

In his personal life, Vaughan was known for his down-to-earth demeanor and love of life. He once quipped,

I'm just a guitar player from Texas trying to make a living,

But to millions of fans, he was much more than that—he was a beacon of light in a dark and stormy world.


In summary, Stevie Ray Vaughan's impact on the world of blues music is immeasurable. His passionate playing and soulful vocals continue to inspire musicians and fans around the globe. As he once said,

I've always tried to be myself first and let the chips fall where they may.

And the chips fell just right for Stevie Ray Vaughan—a true blues legend.

Songs: Scuttl Buttin', Texas FLood

Gear: Fender Stratocaster   Dumble amplifier   

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