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Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble- In Step 30th Anniversary

If you run the numbers of the Summer 1989 album In Step   by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, just the mere facts are impressive. In Step   was the Texas trio's fourth studio album, but their first after Vaughan's collapse and near death…

Stevie Ray Vaughan- Best pt 2

As Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton told me of first experiencing Stevie Ray Vaughan’s extraordinary guitar talent from outside an Austin nightclub , I had to smile . Like Chris , I had not actually seen the young blues guitarist the first time I heard him play live , but the memory is burned into my mind . It was February 4 , 1984 as I was anchoring the live network broadcast interviews of the myriad of performers at the annual Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam backstage at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium . Over ten years the Volunteer Jam had grown into an annual pilgrimage by the biggest names then in American rock music , featuring in one night the Charlie Daniels Band , the Marshall Tucker Band , Lynyrd Skynyrd , the Allman Brothers Band, Molly Hatchet , the Outlaws , plus Billy Joel ,Emmylou Harris , and Ted Nugent !

Arcangels-Living in a Dream-Austin

One of the nicest musical surprises of 1992 had to be the Arcangels album, which paired dual singer/songwriter/guitarist frontmen Charlie Sexton and Doyle Bramhall II with  Hall of Fame inductees Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon, Stevie Ray Vaughan's…

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble pt 1

Far be it for me to attempt to explain how we here in Texas felt about Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - their world-wide success; his redemption from profound life-threatening drug and alcohol addiction; then his devastating loss at age…

Charlie Sexton-Wishing Tree-Dallas May 1995

Austin Texas-based musician Charlie Sexton's career arc resembles more an electrocardiogram, with stops as a Bob Dylan protege, solo in the mid-'80s, then the probably too-good-to-last Arcangels with Double Trouble's Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon,…