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.”