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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 Roanoke.com.

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

Dallas City Council Approves Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughan Sculpture

This morning’s unanimous City Council approval has made it made official: Kiest Park will get its public artwork honoring Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, guitar legends and Oak Cliff natives.

Spanish artist Casto Solano will build the installation at his home studio in Spain this year before it arrives at its permanent home in Dallas in summer 2017. … Filmmaker Kirby Warnock spearheaded the movement to build the piece and led the fundraising needed to match the city’s investment.

Read more at D Magazine.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan Exhibit Set For Grammy Museum Mississippi

The Grammy Museum Mississippi will feature memorabilia from legendary blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, beginning June 30. “Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan” will include Vaughn’s “number one” guitar, photographs; original stage outfits including Vaughan’s famous Indian headdress, original concert posters and more. Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie’s brother, serves as guest curator.

“I hope by doing this, it will remind people of the incredible musician he was and all the music and love he gave to the world. I miss him every day,” Jimmie Vaughan said.

Read more at The Clarion-Ledger.

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