When Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble welcomed Jimmie Vaughan to join them on stage April 15, 1984 at the Austin Opera House to help them perform “Cold Shot”, Stevie’s big brother was actually a bigger star then by virtue of anchoring the butt-rocking guitar slot in the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
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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 from substance abuse while on tour in Germany had forced […]
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 35 in a helicopter crash just after midnight August 27, 1990. For that insight […]
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 !
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the Joe Bonamassa US tour commences July 26 in San Diego and heads east eventually to a three-night stand at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium August 9- 11. Then Joe B lands in Europe beginning September 22, only to return to North America at the end of October to play through the end of November.
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 Double Trouble rhythm section. Since that album debut there have been several one-off reunion shows, and even […]
“Born in Mississippi in the dust of a cotton patch Raised up by a rattlesnake and that’s a natural fact… They all talk about me, they don’t understand They don’t know the power of a Mississippi hoodoo man…”-Kent Dykes, “Mississippi Hoodoo Man” While every biography I’ve read of the band Omar and the Howlers rightly […]
For over twenty years, my Dallas/Ft.Worth radio station Q102 conducted what grew to become the largest annual radio blood drive in America, thanks to the incredible humanity of our loyal listeners and the free concerts we awarded them with such stars as the late Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bonnie Raitt, […]
…(cont) In tribute to this wonderful sweet man, here’s my October 2007 exclusive interview with Big Doyle Bramhall . Meanwhile , our prayers are with his wife/manager Barbara Logan,twin brother Dale , older brother Ronnie, his daughter Georgia Bramhall of Austin, and Doyle II , as well as his countless friends and fans . -Redbeard