Hugely gifted US blues guitarist, Stevie Ray Vaughan, almost single-handedly resuscitated the blues in the early 80s. His visceral Texas blues was informed by Jimi Hendrix's molten playing as much as by traditional blues players such as Albert King, and Otis Rush. Vaughan's stunning technical prowess was allied to a rare soulfulness that drew plaudits from both blues purists and rock 'n' rollers. After cutting his teeth with The Nightcrawlers, and Triple Threat, Vaughan contributed to David Bowie's multi-platinum Let's Dance album before launching his own career with the seminal Texas Flood. Recorded in just three days with his band Double Trouble, the album had a seismic effect on the blues scene and broke into the US Top 40. Tragically Vaughan died in a helicopter accident in 1990, at the age of just 35, but left behind a stellar body of work including the Grammy-winning 1989 set, In Step, and enjoys even greater status today than he did during his too short career.
Followers: Doyle Bramhall, Paul Ray And The Cobras, Lou Ann Barton, James Brown, Johnny Copeland, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton
Influenced By: Jimmie Vaughan, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Albert King, Otis Rush, Lonnie Mack, Jimi Hendrix...