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Stevie Ray Vaughan

The loss of Stevie Ray Vaughan in a 1990 helicopter crash was a rock (and blues) death on par with the loss of Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding, so deeply was the public moved. Vaughan had been the catalyst for a massive blues revival in the 1980s, with a distinctive guitar tone and a string of singles that managed to cross over to mainstream rock radio. This was somewhat detrimental to his image, as Vaughan was at heart a pure blues guitarist, and his mainstream success did more to damage any authenticity he might have enjoyed as an obscure axeman, especially with purist blues fans. But in the years since his death Vaughan's music has come to represent a pinnacle of Texas or Modern Blues, and no longer seems like the call to arms for beer-swollen George Thorogood fans that it did at the height of his popularity. All his early studio albums are worth checking out (they're certainly better than Robert Cray's), but the real fun begins with Vaughan's live recordings, on which he repeatedly goes wholly over the top.

Stevie Ray Vaughan Concert Films

  • Rise of a Texas Bluesman

    Stevie Ray Vaughan

    Year: 2014

    Runtime: 2 hr 11 min

    This film reveals and dissects the formative years of Stevie Ray Vaughan's career - his influences and his first recordings - and traces the history of Texas blues itself, identifying Vaughan's place within this larger tradition. Featuring rare archive footage, exclusive interviews and a host of other features which all at once provide the finest document on the celebrated guitarist yet to emerge.
     
     
  • Live at the El Mocambo

    Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

    Year: 1983

    Runtime: 1 hr 25 min

    Fresh off the success of hit record "Texas Flood," Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble play to a packed room at the intimate El Mocambo club in Toronto, Ontario on July 20, 1983. Performing hit songs such as "Pride and Joy," "Texas Flood," "Love Struck Baby," as well as Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" and "Third Stone from the Sun."
     
     
  • Live From Austin, Texas

    Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

    Year: 1989

    Runtime: 1 hr 2 min

    Few guitarists ever mastered the Fender Stratocaster like the late, great Texas bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan, and this priceless film collects both of the sizzling appearances that Vaughan and his solid band, Double Trouble, made on the PBS concert series Austin City Limits. Combined to form the most popular program in the show's distinguished history, the concerts were taped in 1983 and 1989; both provide a valuable portrait of Vaughan's astounding artistic development. The performances serve as bookends to Vaughan's brilliant career with Double Trouble, showing (in the words of producer Terry Lickona) a striking contrast between "zero self-confidence" and "pure magic," but in both cases you can see a master at work. Songs include "Pride and Joy," "Texas Flood," "Voodoo Chile," "Cold Shot," and "Riviera Paradise." This film also includes the posthumous music video "Little Wing," featuring clips of Double Trouble and archival footage of blues greats from the 1920s to the mid-1990s.
     
     

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