August 27: Today we look back upon one of the saddest days in over a century of Sony Music history. It was twenty years ago today that a helicopter crash took the life of Stevie Ray Vaughan: he was but thirty-five years old. Luckily we are left with almost a decade’s worth of amazing blues-rock records and many great memories: here’s a happy image of SRV, hanging out post-show with admirer Mick Jagger.
The “Legacy Song of the Day” for Today is Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “Live Another Day” Enjoy!
Friday marks the 20th anniversary of the helicopter crash that claimed the life of blues guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan. Vaughan had just finished a transcendent show before 30,000 fans at Alpine Valley Music Theater. To commemorate the anniversary of his passing, Sony’s Legacy Recordings, has reissued his platinum-selling 1984 sophomore CD “Couldn’t Stand the Weather.”
North American syndicated radio show InTheStudio pays tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan on the 20th Anniversary of his untimely death. Show producer and host Redbeard talks with Double Trouble band mates Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon as well as Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Steve Miller, plus his first interview with Stevie in 1984. SRV Essentials Part I & II will broadcast this week & next respectively. To stream ONLINE visit, www.inthestudio.net.
When people argue who’s the best blues-rock guitarist ever to come out of Texas, the names Johnny Winter, Billy Gibbons, Albert Collins, Freddie King and Jimmie Vaughan usually come up, but Jimmie’s little brother Stevie Ray seems to win the vote a lot more often than most.
Bass legend Tommy Shannon has been playing professionally since he joined his first group, the Avengers, at age 13. That means this towering deep-toned fixture of the Austin, TX, music scene has 51 years of road and studio work under his belt. But he’s best known for his playing during one particular decade, the 1980s, when he was part of Steve Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble.
Shannon has performed with other rock and blues royalty before and since. The list includes Gibson Firebird firebrand Johnny Winter, whose band he joined in 1968, and extends to post-Stevie turns with Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy and John Mayer. He’s also been a member of Austin all-star outfit the Arc Angels and currently plays in a new band of vets called 86ed. But his work with Vaughan & Double Trouble is historic. The four studio albums and live double-disc set they released while together led directly to a resurgence in the popularity of blues and set a bar for stellar live performances that only handful of artists can even hope to reach.
Read the full artle at http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Features/stevie-ray-vaughan-0805/
From the Houston Chronicle
As band mates and best friends, Tommy Shannon and Stevie Ray Vaughan went on the road, roomed together and kicked drugs together, all while reinventing Texas blues as two-thirds of the group Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble.
Nearly 20 years after Vaughan’s death in a helicopter crash on Aug. 27, 1990, he is being celebrated with today’s release of the band’s remastered and expanded second album, Couldn’t Stand the Weather: Legacy Edition (Epic/Legacy).
Shannon, the band’s bassist, recalled the genius of the legendary blues guitarist.
“The music took us, as much as us taking the music forward,” he said from his Austin home. “It came natural.”
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From Music Radar
Blues Week rolls on at MusicRadar. In addition to all of our amazing contentwhich you can find right here, we now bring you an in-depth discussion with two of the people who knew the late Stevie Ray Vaughan better than anybody, his blues brothers Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon, the rhythm section that was Double Trouble.
When Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble entered New York City’s Power Station studios in January 1984 to record their second album, Couldn’t Stand The Weather, they knew the pressure was on.
“We were being looked at very closely,” remembers bassist Shannon. “Texas Flood went Gold, which shocked everybody. Here this little blues trio out of Austin comes along and makes good – nobody could believe it. So we had to outdo that album and prove that we weren’t some fluke. We had no idea that we’d make what people nowadays are calling a classic.”
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