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
Stevie Ray Vaughan was born on this day in 1954. Here’s an excellent clip from his headlining gig at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1985.
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.
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.
- SRV Exhibit Opens March 31 At Tulsa’s Woody Guthrie Center – March 21, 2016
A conceptual rendering of Casto Solano’s artwork honoring Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan that will go in Kiest Park if approved by the City Council.
Dallas, finally, is about to have its own Vaughan memorial installed in Kiest Park, blocks from where Stevie Ray and big brother Jimmie grew up on Glenfield Avenue. But unlike the Austin model, Dallas’ sculpture will honor both brothers. It makes sense: Stevie was the superstar, but it was Jimmie who taught him how to play.
The Cultural Arts Commission will vote on Spanish artist Casto Solano‘s commission Thursday, before it heads to the Park and Recreation Board and the City Council. This is how the city officially describes it: “The proposed sculpture consists of four corten steel framed screens with images of Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan cut into the metal. Each panel will show images of the Vaughan Brothers’ lives, including photos/stills of both brothers and their song lyrics.”
Read more at The Dallas Morning News.
The newest exhibit coming to the Woody Guthrie Center will focus on the work of Texas blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.
“Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan” will open March 31 at the center, featuring exhibits, artifacts and collections from the Vaughan family, with Stevie Ray Vaughan’s brother, Jimmie Vaughan, serving as guest curator.
The exhibit will be presented through June. Members and donors can take part in a special reception March 31, with Jimmie Vaughan scheduled to attend.
Read more at Tulsa World.
After months of fundraising and public campaigning, Dallas is drawing closer to the building of a monument honoring Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan. A private fundraising effort to complement the city’s stake in the public art project fell about $7,000 short of its $68,000 goal, but things are moving ahead, according to Kirby Warnock, the filmmaker and Oak Cliff Foundation board member who spearheaded the effort.
Community input will factor in at almost every stage. Community members are asked to send your ideas to [email protected].
Read more at D Magazine.
LEGACY RECORDINGS ANNOUNCES LIMITED EDITION VINYL EXCLUSIVES FOR RECORD STORE DAY’S ANNUAL BLACK FRIDAY EVENT (FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2015)
New Legacy Vinyl Collectibles include Releases by Earth Wind & Fire, the Isley Brothers, Johnny Cash, Judas Priest, Neil Hefti, OutKast, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, and Elvis Presley
Legacy’s RSD Black Friday 2015 Import Singles include Falco’s “Rock Me Amadeus”/”Vienna Calling” and 35th Anniversary Edition of the Alan Parsons Project’s “Turn of a Friendly Card: The Singles”
Various Artist 12″ Vinyl Releases include Garden State Soundtrack Album and 30th Anniversary Edition of Transformers Soundtrack
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Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announces the label’s line-up of collectible 12″, 10″ and 7″ vinyl releases created especially for Record Store Day’s Black Friday 2015, celebrated this year at the nation’s independent record stores on Friday, November 27, 2015.
For RSD Black Friday 2015, Legacy is catering to connoisseurs of classic sounds delivered old school, offering a range of RSD exclusives and numbered limited vinyl editions.
Legacy’s RSD Black Friday 2015 releases include these collectible titles:
Various – Transformers: The Movie Soundtrack – 12″ 2LP Etched Sides: A (Autobot) / D (Decepticon) in Transforming Package
Leading Legacy’s RSD Black Friday line-up this year is a 2LP 12″ vinyl 30th anniversary edition of Transformers: The Movie Soundtrack. In commemoration of the 1986 cinematic blockbuster, Legacy has created an innovative gatefold jacket that completely converts all four sides of the cover from an Autobot-themed jacket to a Decepticon-themed jacket. This 2LP collection is pressed on 150gram color vinyl: LP1 in translucent red with the Autobot logo etched on side A; LP2 in translucent purple with the Decepticon logo etched on side D. Remastered and re-imagined, Transformers: The Movie Soundtrack has never looked or sounded better!
Earth, Wind & Fire – The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 – 12″ 1LP Vinyl Picture Disc The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1, EWF’s monumental 1978 anthology, compiled the group’s previously charting songs–including “Shining Star,” “Sing a Song,” “Getaway” and “Fantasy”–alongside new tracks including a cover of the Beatles’ “Got to Get You Into My Life” (which won a Best Arrangement with Vocal Grammy for Maurice White) and “September,” a song which became an EWF classic, hitting the Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic. A Billboard Top 10, RIAA 5x platinum-selling album, The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 has been pressed as a collectible picture disc, featuring the iconic EWF gold coin logo plus a die-cut insert, especially for RSD 2015.
The Isley Brothers – Groove with You…LIVE! – 12″ 2LP Gold/Blue 180g Vinyl
The “Great Lost Isley Brothers Album,” Groove with You…LIVE! is a previously unreleased double album recorded for release in 1980. This newly restored performance offers an immersive listen into a crucial chapter in the Isley Brothers’ history, a pivotal moment in the fusion of rock and funk music in an era fueled by the sound of the Isleys. The album includes the hits “That Lady” and “Fight the Power” plus fan favorites like “Here We Go Again,” “Summer Breeze,” and “Voyage to Atlantis.” Featuring new cover art, evocative of the era, Groove with You…LIVE! is a 2LP set pressed on 180gram gold (LP1) and blue (LP2) vinyl, designed to look like a classic release from the Isley Brothers’ T-Neck discography.
Johnny Cash – Man In Black: Live in Denmark 1971 – 12″ 2LP Red/White 120g Vinyl
American musical icon Johnny Cash was at a career highpoint and in the middle of a successful tour of Scandinavia in 1971 when asked to star in his own concert special for Danish television. Lensed before a small audience on a small sound set, Man In Black: Live in Denmark 1971 captures the essence of a Johnny Cash show of the era, showcasing performances with his touring companions–the Tennessee Three (his backup band) June Carter Cash, the Carter Family, Carl Perkins, and the Statler Brothers–on a setlist of hits, classics and songs-of-the-day including “If I Were a Carpenter” (Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash), the song that won the couple the 1971 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Previously commercially available only as a DVD (released in 2006), the audio portion of Johnny Cash’s Man In Black: Live in Denmark 1971 can finally be enjoyed for the first time as a full-length album on RSD Black Friday 2015. This collectible 2LP set is pressed on 120gram opaque white (LP1) and red (LP2) vinyl (the colors of the flag of Denmark).
Judas Priest – “Painkiller” (25th Anniversary) – 10″ Die Cut Buzz Saw EP
Commemorating the 25th anniversary of Painkiller. Legacy Recordings is releasing this 10″ die cut buzz saw EP, including the album’s Grammy nominated title track, “Painkiller”.
Neil Hefti – “Batman Theme” / “The Batusi” – 7″ 45RPM Yellow Vinyl Single
Composer Neil Hefti’s iconic theme music from the 1960s live action television series, a runaway hit in 1966, coupled with “The Batusi,” a go-go dance parody of “The Watusi,” introduced on the “Batman” premiere episode, characterized by its signature move: making a horizontal V-sign with the index and middle fingers of both hands and crossing them in front one one’s eyes. The “Batman Theme”/”The Batusi” single is pressed on opaque yellow vinyl in a newly designed picture sleeve inspired by the original graphics of the show.
OutKast – Stankonia – 12″ 2LP Orange/Yellow/Purple Black Spatter – Edition Limited to 3,000 Numbered Copies
A special 15th anniversary edition, limited to 3,000 numbered copies, of Stankonia, the fourth studio album by Atlanta’s experimental hip-hop duo OutKast (André 3000 and Big Boi), is being released for RSD Black Friday 2015. An eclectic musical concoction blending elements of funk, gospel, techno, psychedelic rock into a heady Dirty South gumbo, Stankonia debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling more than half a million copies in its first week. Featuring the hit singles “B.O.B.,” “So Fresh, So Clean,” and “Ms. Jackson” (the first OutKast single to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100), Stankonia took home the 2002 Grammy for Best Rap Album while “Ms. Jackson” won the Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Ranked #359 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Stankonia stands as an undisputed hip-hop masterpiece and milestone.
Various – Garden State Soundtrack – 12″ 2LP Orange/Yellow/Ribbon Color Vinyl – Edition Limited to 3,000 Numbered Copies
Legacy Recordings celebrates RSD Black Friday 2015 with this 2LP vinyl edition, limited to 3,000 numbered copies, of Garden State – Music From The Motion Picture, Originally released on August 10, 2004, Garden State – Music From The Motion Picture featured songs, personally chosen by Zach Braff (the film’s writer/director), which served as psychological and emotional touchstones in the movie. Since its release in ’04, “Garden State” has achieved cult status as one of the era’s definitive coming-of-age films, while the soundtrack set a platinum standard for alternative and indie rock compilations.
Braff’s work as the album’s producer and musical curator earned the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. Garden State – Music From The Motion Picture has sold more than 1.3 million copies and is certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – A Legend in the Making – 12″ 2LP White/Grey Vinyl
Recorded on-stage at Toronto’s legendary El Mocambo Club on July 20, 1983, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble’s A Legend in the Making was originally released as a promotional title for radio broadcast only. This blistering live set was released for the first time commercially in 2014 as a bonus CD in The Complete Epic Recordings Collection boxset. RSD 2015 marks the first time that A Legend in the Making has ever been released on vinyl. This collectible edition includes 2LPs with LP1 struck on 180gram vinyl with LP1 pressed on opaque white and LP2 on gray.
Elvis Presley – “If I Can Dream” / “Anything That’s Part of You” – 7″ 45RPM Black Vinyl
Pressed on classic black vinyl, this 45rpm single contains the title track from RCA/Legacy’s forthcoming If I Can Dream album coupled with the previously unreleased “Anything That’s Part of You.” Part of the ongoing Elvis 80th Birthday Celebration, If I Can Dream showcases Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the King of Rock & Roll at the peak of his powers.
Jimi Hendrix – Burning Desire – 12″ 2LP – First 5,000 Copies Numbered Burning Desire is a posthumous compilation of recordings by Jimi Hendrix including instrumental studio jams and demos recorded in late 1969 through early 1970. Originally released on Dagger Records, Burning Desire has never been released on vinyl (or sold as a CD in stores) prior to this new RSD Black Friday 2015 release. The first 5,000 copies of Burning Desire will be numbered.
Falco – “Rock Me Amadeus” / “Vienna Calling” – 7″ 45RPM – IMPORT
A special commemorative release celebrating the upcoming 30 anniversary of Falco’s career-defining hit, “Rock Me Amadeus” features the song’s American edit (#1 on the Billboard 100 in March 1986) couple with Falco’s “Vienna Calling” (the 86er mix which peaked at #6 on the US Billboard charts in 1986). This RSD Black Friday 2015 IMPORT single is limited to 1,000 units in the US.
Alan Parsons Project – The Turn of a Friendly Card: Single Edits – 7″ 45RPM – Limited Edition Green Vinyl – IMPORT
A special limited edition 7″ vinyl release for RSD 2015, The Turn of a Friendly Card: Single Edits presents the rare single edits of three key tracks from the album–“The Turn of a Friendly Card” / “Snake Eyes” / “Games People Play”–in commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the APP’s 1980 progressive rock masterpiece. Pressed on green vinyl, this special RSD Black Friday IMPORT is limited to sales of 1,000 units in the United States.
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Now in its eighth year, Record Store Day is an annual day-long celebration of record store culture taking place on the third Saturday in April, with an annual Black Friday event occurring the day after Thanksgiving. This year, RSD has named Dave Grohl as Record Store Day Ambassador 2015.
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October 3: In honor of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s birthday, please enjoy and share this playlist of SRV music videos.
August 27: Today is the 25th anniversary of one of the saddest days in music history. Stevie Ray Vaughan was only 35 years old when he lost his life. This photo captures Stevie on stage in New York shortly after the release of his immortal debut Texas Flood.