Guitar great Denny Freeman, a staple of the Austin music scene, has died aged 76 after a brief cancer battle. Freeman worked with everyone from Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan to Bob Dylan and Taj Mahal over his more than 50 year career, and played piano and organ in addition to electric guitar.
Freeman became a central figure in the burgeoning Austin blues scene that launched both SRV and Jimmie Vaughan’s Fabulous Thunderbirds, among many other acts.
Read more at Guitar World.
Photo: The Cobras upstairs at Antone’s, 1976 photo by Billy Cross
Joe Sublett, Rodney Craig, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Alex Napier, Denny
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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s 1983 album Texas Flood is among 29 albums and singles inducted in 2021 into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in recognition of their historical significance.
Each year recordings that are at least 25 years old are reviewed by a special committee from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by the Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. With 29 new titles, the Hall, now in its 48th year, currently totals 1,142 recordings.
Read the complete list of inductees at GRAMMY.com.
We Are Music & Music Is Us, a four-panel weathered steel piece by Spanish sculptor Casto Solano, honors both Stevie Ray and his older brother, Jimmie. Appropriately, it is located in Kiest Park, a few blocks from where the Vaughans grew up.
Since you can see through it and view it from both sides and multiple angles, We Are Music & Music Is Us changes with the time of day and the weather and where you happen to be standing.
Read more at D Magazine.
Photo by Zac Crain
Stevie Ray Vaughan on Austin City Limits: 30 Years On premieres on most PBS stations on Saturday, October 17th. Check your local station listings for details or stream it at pbs.org/austincitylimits beginning Saturday night at 11 p.m. CT.
“My brother was so incredibly talented,” guitarist and Stevie Ray’s older brother Jimmie Vaughan said in a statement. “Austin City Limits captured many of his best performances.”
Rolling Stone is sharing a performance from each concert: A rendition of “Pride & Joy” from his ACL debut in December 1983 and “Crossfire” from his October 1989 ACL gig.
- ‘Stevie Ray Vaughan: 30 Years On’ To Air On Austin City Limits – September 21, 2020
In the summer of 1988, Stevie Ray Vaughan had just completed an intensive tour of Europe when Tom Nolan sat down to talk to him in England for a frank discussion about his roots, overcoming addiction and finding redemption.
Read the interview at Guitar Player.
Austin City Limits returns this fall with new episodes, including “Stevie Ray Vaughan: 30 Years On,” an hour-long special premiering October 19 featuring highlights from the legendary bluesman’s signature performances on ACL in 1983 and 1989, two of the most-requested episodes in the history of the program. Stevie Ray made his final performance on ACL on October 10, 1989, and 30 years after his passing, ACL is showcasing both performances in a rare broadcast featuring back-to-back classics including “Texas Flood,” “Voodoo Child” and “Crossfire” from the Austin legend and his band Double Trouble.
He’d have been remarkable in any era, but Stevie Ray Vaughan arrived just at the right time in the long history of the electric blues.
He made his name with his band Double Trouble in the Austin, Texas music scene, and by the turn of the 80s had bridged the gap back to the 60s blues explosion like no other.
Read more at Guitar.com.
The GRAMMY Museum has opened the digital exhibit Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan at their official website. Visit GRAMMYMuseum.org to see SRV’s guitars, stage clothes, gear, and more.
The SRV exhibit has previously appeared at the GRAMMY Museum L.A. Live, the Woody Guthrie Center, the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, and The Bullock Texas State History Museum.
The Oakland Press has taken a look back at Stevie Ray Vaughan’s and Jeff Beck’s Fire Meets The Fury Tour at Detroit’s Cobo Arena on November 3, 1989. Photographer Ken Settle writes:
“Just when you thought that back and forth between artist and audience couldn’t get any stronger, Stevie, who was looking and playing like a guy who had been transported to another dimension, grabbed a whole fistful of notes, and bent them all up about two steps, the light man hit the neck of his Stratocaster with an intense bright spotlight right at that moment, and the audience just roared. That was one of the most powerful musical moments of my career, for certain.”
Read more and view photos at The Oakland Press.
In 1988 a candid Stevie Ray Vaughan sat down with Guitarist magazine for his first and only cover feature during his lifetime. Read it now at MusicRadar.