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To celebrate its 40th season, Austin City Limits has announced the ACL Hall of Fame. Its first musical inductees will be Texas music legends Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. They will be honored alongside two individuals who played a lasting role in the success of the series: the show's creator Bill Arhos and former University of Texas football coach, Darrel K Royal.

This March, PBS viewers will be treated to the world television premiere of a never-before-seen historic concert featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan and some of the biggest names in blues and rock history performing their greatest hits. Recorded during a live Presidential Inaugural concert event in 1989, the video and audiotapes of this concert were presumed lost for nearly 20 years.



Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble were among 12 artists saluted by the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, in the Nashville-based organization’s first induction ceremony in nearly five years.

Double Trouble at Musicians Hall of Fame induction ceremony Jan. 28, 2014

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble will be inducted this year into the Musicians Hall of Fame! The 2014 Induction Ceremony will be held at the 10,000-seat arena of Nashville’s Historic Municipal Auditorium on January 28th, the new home of the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.

With Stevie on guitar, Chris Layton on drums, Tommy Shannon on bass guitar and Reese Wynans on keyboards, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble ignited the blues revival in the 1980s with sold out concerts and Gold records.

The 1987 Cinemax concert special A Blues Session: B.B. King and Friends kicked off with one of the single most star-packed jam sessions ever held outside the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, Phil Collins, Dr. John, Etta James, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Paul Butterfield and Billy Ocean all came together at the tiny Ebony Showcase Theater in Los Angeles to perform a supremely upbeat rendition of "Why I Sing the Blues."

Watch the video below and read more at Rolling Stone.

Guitar World has rounded up the Top 20 reissued/remastered or archival releases of 2013, with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's Texas Flood Legacy Edition coming in at No. 1 on the list!
Read more at Guitar World.

October 3: Stevie Ray Vaughan was born on this day in 1954, and remains one of the most influential guitarists who ever lived.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Today, on the 23rd anniversary of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s passing, our friends at Rock Paper Photo are helping us to celebrate the life of the guitar legend by inviting you to discover a collection of photographs that capture his unique talent, raw power and unmistakable style. The photographers who shot these images, which are available for sale as limited edition prints, include Robert M. Knight, Tracy Ann Hart, Chuck Pulin and Deborah Feingold.

Nearly 23 years ago -- on August 27, 1990 -- blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash after a show at East Troy, Wisconsin’s Alpine Valley Music Theater. Vaughan won millions of fans and almost singled-handedly put blues back on the commercial map during his seven years as a major-label recording artist, even while transcending many of the genre’s customary limitations.

Radio.com's Not Fade Away has taken a look at Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble‘s classic debut album, Texas Flood, which hit its 30th anniversary this month. Here is an excerpt:

Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton recently told Radio.com that, back then, recording in the studio tended to be a more refined musical effort than playing live. “Our philosophy was, we were the same band no matter where we were or what we did,” he said.