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Sir Andrew Davis conducts Harbison, Mozart and Vaughan Williams featuring pianist Alessio Bax

Sir Andrew Davis conducts Harbison, Mozart and Vaughan Williams featuring pianist Alessio Bax
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Sir Andrew Davis has served as music director and principal conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago since 2000. Davis's contract with Lyric Opera was recently extended through the 2020-2021 season. Maestro Davis was recently named chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra beginning in January 2013, and he is conductor laureate of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (having previously served as principal conductor), conductor laureate of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (having previously had the longest tenure as chief conductor since BBCSO founder Sir Adrian Boult) and former music director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

In the 2012-2013 Lyric Opera season he conducts Strauss's Elektra, Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, Massenet's Werther, and Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. His engagements elsewhere in 2012-2013 include Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Liceu in Barcelona (Rusalka), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic, Orchestre de l'opera de la Bastille, and Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Billy Budd) . Additionally, Sir Andrew will spend several weeks recording for Chandos Records.

In the 2011-2012 season Sir Andrew conducted Boris Godunov, Ariadne auf Naxos, and The Magic Flute at Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as a subscriber appreciation concert featuring soprano Renée Fleming (Lyric's creative consultant) and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky. 2011-2012 also saw Maestro Davis on the podium with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the symphonies of Rotterdam, Bergen and Bamberg, as well as the Metropolitan Opera (Don Giovanni) and the Canadian Opera Company (A Florentine Tragedy/Gianni Schicci). He finished out the season last summer with performances of Arabella at the Santa Fe Opera and performances of Delius's A Mass of Life for the opening of the Edinburgh International Festival.

With the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Davis has led concerts at the Proms and on tour to Hong Kong, Japan, the U.S., and Europe. He has conducted all of the world's major orchestras, from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to the Berlin Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw, as well as at opera houses and festivals throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, and the Bayreuth Festival.

Maestro Davis has a massive discography on the Chandos, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics International, Capriccio, EMI, and CBS labels, among others. Sir Andrew currently records exclusively for Chandos Records.

Sir Andrew's recording of Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 of York Bowen was nominated for a Grammy in 2011 for Best Orchestral Performance. In 2008, Sir Andrew released Elgar's Violin Concertos, featuring violinist James Ehnes and London's Philharmonia Orchestra (Onyx Classics), which won Gramophone's coveted "Best of Category – Concerto" Award. Recordings in 2007 included Beethoven's Violin Concerto with violinist Min-Jyn Kim and the Philharmonia Orchestra (Sony); a solo recital of operatic favorites sung by soprano Nicole Cabell with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Decca), which in 2008 won the Solti Prize from the French Académie du Disque Lyrique; and Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Yundi Li and the Philharmonia Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon).

In 1992, Maestro Davis was created a Commander of the British Empire for his services to British music, and in 1999 he was made a Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours List. In 1991, he received the Royal Philharmonic Society/Charles Heidsieck Music Award. In June of 2012, he received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

Born in 1944 in Hertfordshire, England, Maestro Davis studied at King's College, Cambridge, where he was an organ scholar before taking up the baton. His diverse repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary, and his vast conducting credits span the symphonic and operatic and choral worlds. Sir Andrew is a great proponent of twentieth century works including those by Janácek, Messiaen, Boulez, Elgar, Tippett, and Britten, in addition to the core symphonic and operatic composers' works.

Maestro Davis and his wife, soprano Gianna Rolandi, reside in Chicago where she is the director of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. View biography in full page >

Combining exceptional lyricism and insight with consummate technique, Alessio Bax is without a doubt "among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public" (Gramophone).He catapulted to prominence with First Prize wins at both the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions, and is now a familiar face on four continents, not only as a recitalist and chamber musician, but as a concerto soloist who has appeared with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Dallas and Cincinnati Symphonies, NHK Symphony in Japan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony with Sir Simon Rattle.

After inaugurating a new three-year appointment as Artistic Director of Tuscany's Incontri in Terra di Siena festival in summer 2017, Bax launches Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's 2017-18 season in company with his wife and fellow pianist, Lucille Chung. Further highlights of his full season include a pair of high-profile U.S. duo recital tours with violinist Joshua Bell and flutist Emmanuel Pahud, respectively; UK solo recitals at London's Wigmore Hall and the Leeds Piano Festival; collaborations with U.S. orchestras from the Minnesota Orchestra to the North Carolina Philharmonic, on concertos by Gershwin, Grieg, Rachmaninov, Saint-Saëns, and Schumann; return engagements in Yerevan with the Armenian Philharmonic and in Hong Kong; and Signum Classics' release of his recording of Beethoven's "Emperor" concerto with the Southbank Sinfonia, paired with rarely heard solo works by the master composer.

The 2016-17 season saw Bax return to the Vancouver Symphony for MacDowell's Second Piano Concerto with Bramwell Tovey, and step in at the eleventh hour to play Brahms's Second Piano Concerto with the Cincinnati Symphony under Sir Andrew Davis, in what proved "the most exciting debut in recent memory" (Cincinnati Enquirer). He also gave three performances at the Wigmore Hall, including his solo recital debut, which aired live on BBC Radio 3, and a duo recital with his regular collaborator, Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster Dashin Kashimoto, by way of a coda to their extensive Asian tour. Other highlights of recent seasons include Mozart with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra under Hans Graf; Rachmaninov with London's Southbank Sinfonia led by Vladimir Ashkenazy; his Minnesota Orchestra debut under Andrew Litton; a return to the Dallas Symphony for Barber under Jaap van Zweden; season-opening appearances with the Colorado Symphony; and concerts at L.A.'s Disney Hall, Washington's Kennedy Center, and New York's Carnegie Hall. In 2009, the pianist was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and four years later he received both the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award and Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award, which recognizes young artists of exceptional accomplishment. 

Bax is a staple on the international summer festival circuit, and has performed at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland; England's International Piano Series and Aldeburgh and Bath festivals; the Risør Festival in Norway; and the Moritzburg Festival, Ruhr Klavier-Festival, and Beethovenfest Bonn in Germany. In the U.S., he makes regular appearances at New York's Bard Music Festival, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Bravo! Vail festival, Mimir Chamber Music Festival, Minnesota's Beethoven Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, and Kentucky's Chamber Music Festival of Lexington. He has given recitals at New York's Lincoln Center and other major music halls around the world, including those of Rome, Milan, Bilbao, Madrid, Paris, London, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and Washington, DC. As a chamber musician, Bax has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Sol Gabetta, Steven Isserlis, Nicholas Phan, Paul Watkins, Jörg Widmann, and the Emerson String Quartet, among many others.

Bax's celebrated discography for Signum Classics includes Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" and "Moonlight" Sonatas (a Gramophone  "Editor's Choice"); Bax & Chung,  a duo disc with Lucille Chung that includes Stravinsky's original four-hand version of the ballet Pétrouchka as well as music by Brahms and Piazzolla; Alessio Bax plays Mozart,  comprising Piano Concertos K. 491 and K. 595 with London's Southbank Sinfonia and Simon Over; Alessio Bax: Scriabin & Mussorgsky (named "Recording of the Month … and quite possibly my recording of the year" by MusicWeb International); Alessio Bax plays Brahms  (a Gramophone  "Critics' Choice"); Bach Transcribed; and Rachmaninov: Preludes & Melodies (an American Record Guide  "Critics' Choice 2011"). Recorded for Warner Classics, his Baroque Reflections album was also a Gramophone  "Editor's Choice."He performed Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" Sonata for maestro Daniel Barenboim in the PBS-TV documentary Barenboim on Beethoven: Masterclass,  available as a DVD boxed set on the EMI label. 

Alessio Bax graduated with top honors at the record age of 14 from the conservatory of Bari, his hometown in Italy, where his teacher was Angela Montemurro. He studied in France with Francois-Joël Thiollier and attended the Chigiana Academy in Siena under Joaquín Achúcarro. In 1994 he moved to Dallas to continue his studies with Achúcarro at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts, where, with Lucille Chung, he is now the Johnson-Prothro Artist-in-Residence. He also serves with Chung as co-artistic director of Dallas' Joaquín Achúcarro Foundation, created to cultivate the legacy of the Basque pianist and to support young pianists' careers. A Steinway artist, Bax resides in New York City with Chung and their three-year-old daughter, Mila. Outside the concert hall he is known for his longtime obsession with fine food; as a 2013 New York Times profile noted, he is not only notorious for hosting "epic" multi-course dinner parties, but often spends his intermissions dreaming of meals to come.

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Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Vaughan Williams – Fantasia

Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Vaughan Williams – Fantasia
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Stevie Ray Vaughan – Pride and Joy (Studio version)

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Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Early life

Stephen Ray Vaughan was born on October 3, 1954 at Methodist Hospital in Dallas, Texas to Jim and Martha Vaughan. His brother, Jimmie Vaughan, is three years older. At age 7, Vaughan acquired his first guitar, a Sears toy guitar with only three strings. Among the first songs that he learned to play were hits by The Nightcaps, a Texas garage rock band that had a national hit in 1962 with “Wine, Wine, Wine.” In 1963, Vaughan got his first electric guitar, a hand-me-down from his brother.

Early career

Jimmie Vaughan’s friend, Doyle Bramhall, heard Stevie Ray Vaughan playing a song called “Jeff’s Boogie” by The Yardbirds, and was impressed. Bramhall would help Vaughan singing and songwriting development. In 1967, Vaughan first band, The Chantones, played an outdoor show at Robert E. Lee Park in Dallas and began to advance beyond school dances and private parties. During the summer of 1970, after falling into a barrel of grease while working for a fast food restaurant, Vaughan quit his job, formed his first relatively long-lasting band, Blackbird, and devoted his working life to music.

In 1971, Vaughan made his first studio recording, sitting in with a high school band called A Cast of Thousands for a compilation album named A New Hi. The two songs that were on the album showcased Vaughan’s early burgeoning talent. During Christmas vacation, he dropped out of high school and moved to Austin, Texas with Blackbird. Their home base was a nightclub on the outskirts of town called the Soap Creek Saloon. In late 1972, he joined a rock band called Krackerjack, but quit a few months later when the lead singer decided that the band should wear theatrical makeup on stage.

In March 1973, Marc Benno added Vaughan to his band the Nightcrawlers, which was recording an album in Hollywood for A&M Records. The recording featured Doyle Bramhall on the drums, along with the beginning of a songwriting partnership with Vaughan. The album was not released, however, and the band traveled back to Texas. A year later, he found a battered 1963 Fender Stratocaster at a music store in Austin. It would remain as his favorite guitar for the rest of his life.

In late December 1974, Vaughan joined a popular Austin band Paul Ray & the Cobras, averaging approximately five shows a week. The Cobras released a record and won “Band of the Year” in an Austin music poll. Three years later, Vaughan left the Cobras and formed Triple Threat Revue with vocalist Lou Ann Barton, W. C. Clark on bass guitar, Mike Kindred on keyboards, and Fredde “Pharoah” Walden on drums. Later, Jackie Newhouse replaced W. C. Clark on bass and Chris Layton replaced Walden on drums. Vaughan and Lou Ann renamed the band Double Trouble, though Barton left in 1980 to sing for Roomful of Blues. On December 23, 1979, Vaughan and Lenora “Lenny” Bailey were married between sets at the Rome Inn nightclub in Austin.

Double Trouble

Tommy Shannon, the former bassist in Krackerjack, replaced Jackie Newhouse in 1981. In July, the band played a music festival in Manor, Texas and a videotape of the performance was given to Rolling Stones drummer, Charlie Watts. Double Trouble then played a private party for The Rolling Stones at New York’s Danceteria nightclub. On July 17, 1982, Vaughan and Double Trouble played the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the first unsigned act to perform at the event. A few in the audience started booing the loud band throughout their performance since the event was predominately acoustical music. Vaughan later met David Bowie and jammed with Jackson Browne after the show, during an after party which lasted for hours into the morning.

Bowie asked Vaughan to play lead guitar on his new album Let’s Dance. The album became Bowie’s best-selling album of his career. Bowie also invited Vaughan to go on his Serious Moonlight Tour. During the rehearsal period, Vaughan decided to attend the funeral of Muddy Waters and, thus, could not be found for 5 days. When David Bowie expressed to Stevie that he wanted him to come down a flight of stairs with a liitle dance routine while playing his guitar, Stevie realized that this was not his gig. He was not a “pop” artist and refused to rehearse dance numbers like one, soon after he quit the tour with David Bowie, and went back to focus on his music and career with Double Trouble.

Browne offered Vaughan time in his recording studio in Los Angeles free of charge, and the band accepted the offer in November 1982. In the spring of the following year, music producer John Hammond heard a tape of the band’s Montreux performance, and got the band a recording contract with Epic Records. Hammond is credited with discovering Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, among others. On June 13, 1983, the recordings in Browne’s studio morphed into Texas Flood, Vaughan and Double Trouble’s debut album, and was released to glowing reviews, selling over half a million units. Along with making an appearance on Austin City Limits, readers of Guitar Player magazine voted Vaughan as “Best New Talent” and “Best Electric Blues Guitar Player”, with Texas Flood as “Best Guitar Album”.

On May 15, 1984, Couldn’t Stand the Weather was released and hit number 31 on the Billboard charts. In October 1984, Vaughan and Double Trouble performed at Carnegie Hall. To celebrate his thirtieth birthday, Vaughan brought along an all-star supporting band, including Dr. John on keyboards and his brother, Jimmie, on guitar, who wore custom tailored velvet mariachi suits. His wife and parents flew in from Texas to share in his triumph. In November 1984, Vaughan won “Entertainer of the Year” and “Instrumentalist of the Year” at the National Blues Awards in Memphis, Tennessee.

Drug and alcohol addiction

On September 30, 1985, the band’s third album, Soul to Soul, was released, featuring new band member, Reese Wynans, on keyboards. It became their third gold album and went to number 34 on the Billboard charts. In July 1986, the band recorded shows in Austin and Dallas for their fourth album, Live Alive. On August 27, 1986, Vaughan’s father, Big Jim Vaughan, died of Parkinson’s disease. In late September 1986, Vaughan became ill while on tour in Ludwigshafen, Germany. He managed to make it through three more shows with his illness. He was then admitted into a hospital in London before he was flown to a rehabilitation center in Atlanta, Georgia . Among his addictions were extensive cocaine use and an addiction to Crown Royal whiskey. After being released clean and sober, Vaughan’s songs took on a theme of dealing with recovering from substance abuse. Songs such as “Tightrope” and “Wall of Denial”, were written by Stevie Ray Vaughan and fellow musician Doyle Bromhill.


Vaughan struggled through two more concerts, though the last thirteen dates on the tour were canceled while Vaughan was admitted to a hospital in London. He emerged clean and sober in Atlanta, Georgia. Tommy Shannon also came out clean and sober while in Austin. Live Alive was released on November 15, 1986.

In the spring of 1987, MTV broadcast the band show in Daytona Beach, Florida as part of its spring break coverage. Vaughan also appeared in the movie Back to the Beach, performing “Pipeline” with Dick Dale. He also appeared on B.B. King Cinemax television special with Eric Clapton, Albert King, Phil Collins, Gladys Knight, Paul Butterfield, Chaka Khan, and Billy Ocean. Later that year, Vaughan filed for divorce from Lenny.

In 1988, Vaughan appeared with Stevie Wonder on an MTV special called Characters. Double Trouble also headlined a concert at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The show, featuring jams with Katie Webster, Albert Collins, and B.B. King, was filmed for a Showtime special called Coast to Coast. Vaughan’s divorce from Lenny was finalized toward the end of the year.

On January 23, 1989, the band performed at an inauguration party in Washington, D.C. for George H. W. Bush. The band’s fifth album, In Step, was released in June, and went on to win a Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Blues Recording”.

In the spring of 1990, Vaughan and his brother recorded an album together, one that would feature the music they had grown up with. They recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis and were produced by Nile Rodgers. The brothers agreed to name it Family Style. That summer, Vaughan and Double Trouble went on tour with British soul singer Joe Cocker, touring places like Alaska and the Benson & Hedges Blues Festival.


To complete the summer portion of the “In Step” tour, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble played two shows on August 25 and 26 at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI, while on tour with Eric Clapton.

For travel to the next venue, the tour manager reserved four helicopters to circumvent congested highway traffic. In very dense fog, the helicopters, not certified for flight under instrument flight rules (IFR) lifted off at 12:40 A.M. Just past the lift-off zone was a 300-foot hill. Vaughan’s helicopter pilot was unfamiliar with the area, and did not climb to sufficient altitude immediately after take-off. Vaughan’s helicopter crashed into the hill.

According to the findings as reported by the National Transportation Safety Board, the cause of the accident was determined to be inadequate planning by the pilot, and failure to attain sufficient altitude to clear an obstacle. Fog and haze, as well as the rising terrain were listed as contributing factors. All occupants including Vaughan, the pilot and three members of Eric Clapton’s travel group were killed on impact.

On August 31, 1990, funeral services were held for Vaughan at Laurel Land Memorial Park in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas. Brother Jimmie, mother Martha, and girlfriend Janna were in attendance. Among the mourners were Stevie Wonder, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, and Nile Rodgers.


Vaughan memorial at Lady Bird Lake, in Austin, Texas. (301547.1774 97452.4228 / 30.263104833N 97.750673W / 30.263104833; -97.750673)

The 1991 album The Sky Is Crying was the first of several posthumous Vaughan releases to achieve chart success. Jimmie Vaughan later co-wrote and recorded a song in tribute to his brother and other deceased blues guitarists, titled “Six Strings Down”. Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 album Luck of the Draw was dedicated to him. Many other artists recorded songs in remembrance of Vaughan, including Eric Johnson, Tommy Emmanuel (the song Stevie’s Blues), Buddy Guy and Steve Vai (“Jibboom” on the album The Ultra Zone, 1999) and guitarist Wayne Perkins (“Big Stratocaster”, from the album Rambling Heart). Stevie Wonder included a song on his 1995 live album Natural Wonder titled “Stevie Ray Blues”. On the album, Wonder refers to the song as “Stevie Ray Vaughan Blues”.

Musicians such as John Mayer, Robert Randolph, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Colin James, Jonny Lang, Los Lonely Boys, Mike McCready, Eric Johnson, John Petrucci, and Doyle Bramhall II have cited Vaughan as an influence.

In 1991, Texas governor Ann Richards proclaimed October 3, Vaughan’s birthday, to be “Stevie Ray Vaughan Day.” An annual motorcycle ride and concert in Central Texas benefits the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund.

In 1992, the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation released the Stevie Ray Vaughan Signature Stratocaster, which Vaughan had helped design. As of 2007, the model is still in production. In 2004, Fender also released a limited edition exact replica of “Number One”. The last guitar that Vaughan played before his death is on display in the Hard Rock Cafe in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. During that same year, Vaughan’s name is mentioned in Stephen King’s You Know They Got a Hell of a Band, a short story about a town populated by late music legends.

In 1994, the city of Austin erected the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Statue at Auditorium Shores on Lady Bird Lake, the site of a number of Vaughan’s concerts. It has become one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.

In 2000, Stevie Ray Vaughan was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. Stevie Ray Vaughan became eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

In November 2007, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation released a second tribute to Vaughan, an exact replica of his second beloved guitar: Lenny. This guitar was given to him by his wife Lenora (“Lenny”) on his 26th birthday and Vaughan was very fond of it. According to Fender, the original Lenny was a 1965 Strat that he saw in the window of a pawn shop that he was unable to afford. The guitar is sold with a strap, a case with Vaughan’s name embroidered in the fabric lining, a number of brochures and memorabilia and a leather bound certificate of authenticity.

In 2008, residents voted to rename Dallas’ Industrial Boulevard, with Vaughan’s name being one of the finalists alongside Stanley Marcus, Eddie Bernice Johnson, and Cesar Chavez.

Influences and style

Vaughan’s blues style was influenced by many blues guitarists. Foremost among them were Albert King, Otis Rush, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, and Jimi Hendrix. He was also strongly influenced by early blues-rock guitarist Lonnie Mack, who, according to Vaughan, “really taught me to play guitar from the heart”, Vaughan, who had idolized Mack since childhood,[citation needed] produced and played on Mack’s 1985 Alligator Records album Strike Like Lightning and covered “Wham!”, which was written by Mack, among others. Vaughan’s older brother Jimmie Vaughan has stated that Johnny “Guitar” Watson was the guitarist he and Vaughan studied the most. Vaughan also cited his brother as an influence.

Vaughan’s sound and playing style, which often incorporated simultaneous lead and rhythm parts, drew comparisons to Hendrix. Vaughan covered several Hendrix tunes on his studio albums and in performance, such as “Little Wing,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” and “Third Stone from the Sun.” He was also heavily influenced by Freddie King,[citation needed] another Texas bluesman, mainly in the use of tone and attack; King’s heavy vibrato can clearly be heard in Vaughan’s playing.[citation needed] Another stylistic influence was Albert Collins.[citation needed] By utilizing his index finger as a pick la Albert Collins, he was able to coax various tonal nuances from his amplifiers. Vaughan also took considerable influence from jazz guitarists such as Kenny Burrell.[citation needed]

Main musical equipment


Stevie’s main guitar was a cherished, beat-up 1963 Fender Stratocaster he dubbed Number One. He always referred to Number One as a ’59. “1962” was stamped on the neck, and “1963” was written in the body cavity. On the back of the pickups, “1959” was written on the back. The fretboard was a “veneer” board (curved on the underside), though all of Stevie’s other rosewood-board guitars were slab-boards (flat on the underside).

Number One was 100% stock, except for the five-way toggle switch and the lefty vibrato arm. Around 1980, Stevie needed to have his vibrato arm repaired, and a lefty vibrato was the only one in stock. Number One was the only guitar with a lefty vibrato arm. All of his other guitars had righty vibrato arms. In the last tone position, a push-push pot with a dummy coil was installed in order to cut down on the hum from the single-coil pickups. Different value capacitors were also added so the tone would stay close to the original sound.

Number One had a very big neck and it may have been the biggest neck of any Strat ever made. Fender rated the necks in terms of size either A, B, C or D, D being the largest. The body was made of alder. Stevie preferred his fretwire to be as tall as it possibly could.

All of his other main guitars were vintage Strats or Strat-style guitars.

“Yellow” a single-pickup yellow Strat that had belonged to Vince Martell of Vanilla Fudge.

“Lenny” a brown-stain finish on natural wood and a 1910 mandolin pickguard behind the bridge with a maple neck.

“Butter” a 1961 Stratocaster with a slab-board

“Main” a custom-made Hamiltone guitar, which had his name inlayed on the fretboard

“Charley” a white Strat with “lipstick” pickups made for Stevie by Charley Wirz, for whom Stevie wrote “Life Without You”

Strings and picks

His string gauges, high to low, were usually .013, .015, .019, .028, .038, .058. Sometimes he’d use a slightly lighter high E string, like a .012 or .011. He always tuned down one half step.

Picks were always Fender Mediums, played on the side, round edge.


Stevie used a combination of amps, all running at the same time.

Two “Blackface” Fender Super Reverbs

150-watt Dumble Steel String Singer with a 4×12 Dumble bottom

200-watt Marshall Major head with a 4×12 Dumble bottom

Two “Blackface” Fender Vibroverb amplifiers (numbers five and six off production line), with one 15″ speaker, used to power a Leslie-type Fender Vibratone cabinet with a rotating speaker inside.

His amps were all upgraded to Electro-Voice speakers.


He always used an Ibanez Tube Screamer, starting with the original first-issue 808, followed by the TS-9 and then the TS-10 Classic.

Vintage ’60s Vox wah-wahs

Vintage Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face

’60’s Tycobrahe Octavia

Grammy Awards and nominations

1984: Best Traditional Blues Album for Blues Explosion (various artists)

1986: “Say What!”, from Soul to Soul, nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance (Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble)

1987: “Pipeline”, with Dick Dale, nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance

1989: Best Contemporary Blues Album for In Step (Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble)

1990: Best Contemporary Blues Album for Family Style (The Vaughan Brothers)

1990: Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “D/FW” (The Vaughan Brothers)

1992: Best Contemporary Blues Album for The Sky Is Crying (Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble)

1992: Best Rock Instrumental Performance for his cover of Hendrix’s “Little Wing” (Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble)


Main article: Stevie Ray Vaughan Discography

See also

Texas portal

List of guitars used by Stevie Ray Vaughan

Music of Austin

Chicago Blues Festival


^, Retrieved February 1, 2008.

^ “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. Rolling Stone Issue 931. Rolling Stone. 

^ Hopkins, Craig. “Stevie Ray Vaughan: A Brief Chronology”. 

^ “Stevie Ray Vaughan Chronology”. 

^ Moser, Margaret, “Paul Ray & the Cobras”, Austin Chronicle, 

^ Moser, Margaret, “Triple Threat Revue”, Austin Chronicle, 

^ “Ely Band Gigs From 19771982”. 

^ “Stevie Ray Vaughan”. VH1. 2007. 

^ “Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vaughan Rhapsody Music”. All Media Guide. 2008.–epic-legacy. 

^ Holden, Stephen (October 8), “POP: STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN, GUITARIST, AT CARNEGIE HALL”, The New York Times, 



^ “NTSB Identification: CHI90MA244”. NTSB Aviation Accident Database. National Transportation Safety Board. 9/11/1992. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 

^ Crossfire, pp. 26364

^ Entitled “SRV”, from the album Venus Isle

^ Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride & Concert.

^ Fender.

^ Future Rock Hall entry for Stevie Ray Vaughan.

^ “Stanley Marcus, Stevie Ray Vaughan make Industrial Boulevard list”

^ Davis, History of the Blues, DaCapo 2003, p. 246.

^ “Strike Like Lightning”. 

^ Crossfire, p. 204

^ Crossfire, p. 228

^ Awards Tommy Shannon.


Patoski, Joe Nick & Bill Crawford (1993). Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 0-316-16068-7.

External links

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Official NTSB report about the crash in which Vaughan died.

Stevie Ray Vaughan at the Internet Movie Database

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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

Stevie Ray Vaughan  Tommy Shannon  Chris Layton  Reese Wynans

Studio albums

Texas Flood  Couldn’t Stand the Weather  Soul to Soul  In Step  Family Style (w/ Jimmie Vaughan)  The Sky Is Crying

Live albums

Live Alive  In the Beginning  Live at Carnegie Hall  Live In Tokyo


The Real Deal: Greatest Hits Volume 2  The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble


Pride and Joy  Live at the El Mocambo  Live from Austin, Texas  Live at Montreux: 1982 & 1985  A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan


Texas Flood Tour  Couldn’t Stand the Weather Tour  Fall Foliage Tour  First Tour of Australia  Japan Tour 1985  Soul to Soul Tour  European Tour 1986  Live Alive Tour  In Step Tour  The Fire Meets the Fury Tour

Original songs

“Crossfire”  “Lenny”  “Love Struck Baby”  “Pride and Joy”  “Rude Mood”  “Say What!”  “Texas Flood”

Related articles

Discography  Stevie Ray Vaughan Signature Stratocaster  SRV guitars  Jimmie Vaughan

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Stevie Ray Vaughan – Big Blues from Texas (Guitar School)

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  • Published by HL

Guitar School Learn the hottest licks and rhythms selected from Stevie RayÕs greatest songs. Each song is explained and analyzed through in-depth lessons and transcriptions. This infor-mation will not only allow access to StevieÕs music, but will also inspire you to create your own improvised solos. 15 songs, including: Pride And Joy ¥ Scuttle ButtinÕ ¥ Empty Arms ¥ Love Struck Baby ¥ and more.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood (Guitar Recorded Versions)

Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood (Guitar Recorded Versions)

  • Guitar Tab:
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  • I’m Cryin’
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All 10 tunes from SRV and Double Trouble’s monumental first album, transcribed in tab and notation: Dirty Pool * I Wanna Testify * I’m Cryin’ * Lenny * Love Struck Baby * Mary Had a Little Lamb * Pride and Joy * Rude Mood * Tell Me * Texas Flood.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Live From Austin, Texas

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Live From Austin, Texas

Presents the band’s appearances on Austin City Limits.
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Media Type: DVD
Street Release Date: 09/02/1997
Genre: ROCK/POPFew guitarists ever mastered the Fender Stratocaster like the late, great Texas bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan, and this priceless digital video disc collects both of the sizzling appearances that Vaughan and his solid band, Double Trouble, made on the PBS concert series Austin City Limits. Combined to form the most popular program in the show’s distinguished history, the concerts were taped in 1983 and 1989; both provide a valuable portrait of Vaughan’s astounding artistic development. The performances serve as bookends to Vaughan’s brilliant career with Double Trouble, showing (in the words of producer Terry Lickona) a striking contrast between “zero self-confidence” and “pure magic,” but in both cases you can see a master at work. Songs include “Pride and Joy,” “Texas Flood,” “Voodoo Chile,” “Cold Shot,” and “Riviera Paradise.” This great-sounding DVD also includes the posthumous music video “Little Wing,” featuring clips of Double Trouble and archival footage of blues greats from the 1920s to the mid-1990s. If you’re even a part-time blues fan, Stevie Ray Vaughan: Live from Austin, Texas is a must-have disc. –Jeff Shannon

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