Tom aptly named the painting “Stevie – Above and Beyond” and emailed me this photo this morning that he took of the actual oil painting proudly standing just outside of Alpine Valley Music Venue.
Life Without You: Thirty years ago, Stevie Ray Vaughan took the world by storm with Texas Flood. As Sony releases the ultimate anniversary edition of that album, we celebrate the phenomenal rise of the last great blues guitar hero of the 20th century.
In May 1983, only days before Stevie Ray Vaughan was scheduled to play his first concert with David Bowie on the Serious Moonlight tour, his career had reached a fork in the road.
Texas Flood, his debut album with his band Double Trouble, was in the can and set for release the following month, but the tour with Bowie, which was scheduled to last until the end of the year, threatened to postpone his ability to effectively promote the album until 1984. Facing a choice between increasing his exposure as a supporting member of Bowie’s band or supporting his solo career on his own while the album was still fresh, Vaughan chose the latter.
The choice was not as difficult as it might have seemed initially. According to Chesley Millikin, who was Vaughan’s manager at the time, Bowie’s management reneged on an agreement to allow Double Trouble to open select dates on the tour, and even prohibited Vaughan from doing interviews without prior permission, which made it difficult for Vaughan to even talk about Texas Flood.
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21 years ago today, August 27th, 1990, the guitar world lost Stevie Ray Vaughan and the entire world lost a musical legend.
Stevie’s memories and his music still penetrate our spirits and will do so…forever.
I never had the chance to see Stevie play live. It’s something I will eternally regret and if not for the huge “video vault” know as YouTube would be something left only to my imagination. Once again, Thank You YouTube!
Earlier this month, three videos were posted by YouTube user: “gstarvids” that have been hidden away for years.
Sit back and watch in succession – as an observer of an SRV soundcheck. Soak in 18 minutes of musical genius.
This Video is song #1 of 3 from the sound check at the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, PA 1-24-86. Video Photographer Greg Savage has captured SRV doing the sound check, and these videos have never been public until now.
This Video is song #2 of 3 from the sound check at the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, PA 1-24-86.
This Video is song #3 of 3 from the sound check at the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, PA 1-24-86. The audio is the monitor mix to the camera since a board patch was not available.
Stevie Ray Vaughan was not yet a star when his wife, Lenora “Lenny” Vaughan, gave him a worn 1965 Stratocaster® guitar on his 26th birthday, October 3, 1980.
Vaughan first spotted the guitar in a pawnshop about a year after he and Lenora were married.
It was originally a three-color sunburst model, it had been refurnished at some point, and now it had a dark natural finish and an elaborate design behind the bridge. At $350, he couldn’t afford it. Lenora, however, enlisted seven friends with $50 each, and bought the guitar for her husband for his birthday. That very night, as Lenora slept, Vaughan wrote a beautiful song for her, “Lenny.”
Years after Stevie Ray Vaughan’s tragic death in 1990, and at older brother Jimmie Vaughan’s behest, Lenny became the only guitar from his estate to be made available to the public.
At a historic June 24, 2004, Christie’s auction in New York, Lenny sold for $623,500.
Last week I started a new category to the blog titled “Guitar Art”.
The category was well received so I will make it a habit of adding more posts to it as I come across artists that focus their work, or a portion of their work, on our favorite instrument.
Today’s contribution to the “Guitar Art” category is a “Tribute to SRV”.
The artist’s name is Paul Chase.
Paul Chase is an internationally known artist, author, innovator, visionary and…you guessed it… a guitarist.
He is the founder and CEO of Graphicguitars Inc., fine art guitar paintings, prints and posters.
He received a Bachelors degree in Art and a Masters in Communications. He has taught art in high schools, vocational/technical school, and at the college level for over 30 years.
Paul is a distant relative of the “other” famous American artist Georgia O’Keeffe (and they are both developed their art “roots” in hometown Sun Prairie, WI) and his large close up guitar images reflect her large close up flower series.
These guitar paintings are also available as limited edition prints.
You can email Paul at: firstname.lastname@example.org or view his gallery by CLICKING HERE.
If you contact Paul please mention you saw his guitar art on TheGuitarBuzz.com!