It’s hard to describe music brilliance unless you’re actually there to see it. Thankfully, for those in attendance at the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, you were able to witness the best blues music had to offer.
In honor of inductee Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, a collection of fantastic musicians hit the stage. It was one of the best performances of the night.
The artists on stage took turns singing verses on “Pride and Joy.” John Mayer kicked the run of solos off, followed by Doyle Bramhall II and the brilliant Gary Clark Jr., whose bluesy tone was easily the best fit for the song.
Jimmie Vaughan, the older brother of the late SRV got in on the act with his own solo, honoring his brother. When blues guitars sound that good, it could go on forever and no one would mind.
The group then performed “Texas Flood,” which began with a solo by Jimmie Vaughan. Stevie Ray Vaughan is generally considered to be a pioneer when it came to introducing blues to a new generation.
Mayer took center stage during “Texas Flood,” slaying the vocals and putting forth a mesmerizing solo about halfway through. Even Clark Jr. and Bramhall, both extremely talented players themselves, were impressed.
Bramhall closed things out, singing the songs final notes, capping an amazing sequence. The surviving members of Double Trouble hopped on stage to sing along to Jimmie Vaughan’s “Six Strings Down,” adding a nice touch to the performance.
Sadly, Vaughan died in 1990 at the height of his blossoming career in a helicopter crash. Armed with his signature Stratocaster, the Texas bluesman was an unstoppable force on six strings.
John Mayer called it the “honor of a lifetime” to induct Vaughan, whom he called “the ultimate guitar hero.”
“Stevie used his guitar to lead him out of town,” said Mayer, who later traded licks on “Texas Flood” with Gary Clark Jr. “He gave me hope because heroes give you hope. While Jimi Hendrix came down from outer space, Stevie came up from below the ground.”
Celebrating ten years of inspirational stories and the Education For All program’s developments in 100 countries around the world, the event honored Steven Van Zandt and Kyle Chandler, whose relentless efforts with their respective non-profits have changed the world for the better.
Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years
Two-Hour Primetime 40th Anniversary Special Premieres October 3rd on PBS
Star-Studded Broadcast Features Jeff Bridges, Sheryl Crow, Matthew McConaughey, Willie Nelson, Foo Fighters, Bonnie Raitt, Alabama Shakes, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy, Lyle Lovett, Gary Clark Jr. & many more
Austin, TX—August 12, 2014—The landmark PBS series Austin City Limits (ACL) highlights four decades as a music institution with Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years, a primetime special honoring the program’s milestone 40th anniversary, airing Friday, October 3rd, 9-11pm ET on PBS Arts Fall Festival. With guest hosts Jeff Bridges, Sheryl Crow and Matthew McConaughey, the two-hour broadcast features memorable moments from the trailblazing show’s remarkable run, while the brightest stars in the series’ history return to the ACL stage for dream duets and choice collaborations. Ready to write the next chapter in its storied history, ACL’s Season 40 premieres on October 4th with an epic hour from an American original, musician/songwriter Beck.
An all-star lineup of ACL royalty pays tribute to the show’s enduring legacy with unforgettable music performances in Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years. Highlights of the special include the show opener as Bonnie Raitt, Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, Jimmie Vaughan and Gary Clark Jr. team up for the Sam & Dave classic “Wrap It Up”. Incredible pairings include ACL Hall of Fame legend Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris on the Nelson-penned classic “Crazy” and Kris Kristofferson and Sheryl Crow‘s moving take on his signature “Me and Bobby McGee”. The Foo Fighters honor ACL with a wild rendition of Texas cult hero Roky Erickson’s “Two Headed Dog,” recorded at the show’s original television studio especially for the occasion. Host Jeff Bridges performs the late singer-songwriter Stephen Bruton’s song “What A Little Bit of Love Can Do” as a tribute to the influential Austin musician who inspired Bridges’ Oscar-winning portrayal in Crazy Heart. Local legends Joe Ely and Robert Earl Keen showcase their troubadour roots and significance to the Austin music scene. Breakout artists and ACL alumni Alabama Shakes and Gary Clark Jr. give blistering performances that forecast the future of the series. Blues titan Buddy Guy brings it all home with an electrifying take on his “Mary Had A Little Lamb”. The special comes to a close with an all-star reading of two Lone Star classics—a stellar lineup of guitar slingers blaze through the Stevie Ray Vaughan standard “Texas Flood” and the biggest names in music trade verses on the Buddy Holly classic “Not Fade Away”, as ACL embraces its past and hints at what is to come.An all-star lineup celebrating four decades of Austin City Limits culminates in Buddy Holly’s classic “Not Fade Away.”
Watch the special on Friday, October 3rd on PBS at 9E/8C.
“This is a huge milestone for us,” says ACL executive producer Terry Lickona, “and this show captures the essence of what Austin City Limits is all about. We set the bar high for this celebration, and we exceeded it! The lineup of talent speaks volumes about the respect that artists have for ACL.”
Artists performing on the special are: Alabama Shakes, Doyle Bramhall II, Jeff Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow, Double Trouble, Joe Ely, Mike Farris, Foo Fighters, Grupo Fantasma, Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris, Robert Earl Keen, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Randolph, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jimmie Vaughan.
Austin, TX (October 1st, 2014)- Greyhounds hit the road at the end of the month, blazing up the west coast with their new album Accumulator.
10.31 – BALBOA THEATER – SAN DIEGO, CA*
11.1 – GREEK THEATER – LOS ANGLES, CA**
11.4 – CITY NATIONAL CIVIC – SAN JOSE, CA*
11.5 – WELLS FARGO CENTER – SANTA ROSA, CA*
11.7 – ARLENE SCHNITZER – PORTLAND, OR*
11.8 – SPOKANE CENTER – SPOKANE, WA
11.9 – TRACTOR TAVERN – SEATTLE, WA
*TEDESCHI TUCKS BAND
**TEDESCHI TUCKS BAND & GARY CLARK JR
Austin, TX (April 8th, 2014)- Greyhounds’ new album Accumulator is out now on Ardent Music.
“The past, present, and future of soul.” – CMTEdge
“‘Accumulator’ is a musical stockpile of their favorite genres including soul, funk and R&B, with songs reminiscent of the Meters, Earl Hooker, and Buck Owens,” says USA Today.
Jimmie Vaughan and his band will perform their last “50 years” show Tuesday, December 17th before the big New Years Eve show, capping off the Continental Club residency.
The band has been greeted with a packed house each night, some fans coming out for every show. A hand full of performances in each set have featured Lou Ann Barton, with lots of laughs and applause for the pair’s duets. The two Austin mainstays have been performing and collaborating for years, and it shows in their infectious chemistry on stage.
The Continental Club has been the ideal backdrop for celebrating 50 years in the business. Austin mementos hang on the wall including a sign from the classic “Rome Inn” that hosted blues artists back in the early years of the music scene, including Jimmie Vaughan. The iconic Continental itself has been a constant for Jimmie through the decades.
You don’t want to miss this quintessential Austin experience, celebrating live music, a classic Austin venue, and one of the cornerstones of our music scene.