Clapton, Joe Bonamassa Tribute Stevie Ray Vaughan In The Studio

(ITS) A new online episode of syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands marks the anniversary of the death of blues star Stevie Ray Vaughan, who died in a helicopter crash 25 years ago today (August 27, 1990). The show sent over the following details:

Paying dues and playing the blues best sums up the early days of Stevie Ray Vaughan's career as he left his home in Dallas, Texas to follow his older brother Jimmie Vaughan down to Austin in the mid-'70s. Eventually Stevie Ray Vaughan would practically single-handedly re-establishing the Blues commercially and critically with Double Trouble bandmates drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon.

Musical greats Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, invaluable songwriter the late Doyle Bramhall, and SRV biographer Joe Nick Patoski each share their personal stories about Stevie and the significance he and Double Trouble played on the entire blues idiom in a tragically shortened but legendary career.

Eric Clapton says, "I was so bowled over, so in love with this guy that was playing on stage from the heart completely. I started to feel ashamed of what I was going to do."

Joe Bonamassa says, "Stevie's legacy is he was the guy who could put on a guitar, any guitar, play three notes and have people hooked... That you can't teach."

Chris Layton of Double Trouble says, "In playing with him (Stevie), there was a thing about him that was very simple. If it felt good, then it WAS good. It was a very trust-your-instincts band. Spontaneous. Didn't matter if there were some minor performance mistakes. If the spirit was there, and there was fire and the feeling was good, it was happening."

Stream the episode here.

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