Stevie Ray Vaughan 010

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Stevie Ray Vaughan 010

Look closer for all ten song titles from the album Texas Flood: Pride and Joy; Dirty Pool; Rude Mood; Testify; I’m Cryin’; Tell Me; Texas Flood; Mary Had a Little Lamb; Lenny; Love Struck Baby

Stephen “Stevie” Ray Vaughan

Stephen “Stevie” Ray Vaughan was born on October 3, 1954. He was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music, and one of the most important figures in the revival of blues in the 1980s. AllMusic describes him as “a rocking powerhouse of a guitarist who gave blues a burst of momentum in the ‘80s, with influence still felt long after his tragic death.”

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Vaughan began playing guitar at the age of seven, inspired by his older brother Jimmie. In 1971 he dropped out of high school and moved to Austin the following year. He played gigs with numerous bands, earning a spot in Marc Benno’s band, the Nightcrawlers, and later with Denny Freeman in the Cobras, with whom he continued to work through late 1977. He then formed his own group, Triple Threat Revue, before renaming the band Double Trouble after hiring drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon. He gained fame after his performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1982, and in 1983 his debut studio album, Texas Flood, charted at number 38. The ten-song album was a commercially successful release that sold over half a million copies. After achieving sobriety in late 1986, he headlined concert tours with Jeff Beck in 1989 and Joe Cocker in 1990 before his death in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990, at the age of 35.

Chris Gill of Guitar Worldcommented: “Stevie Ray Vaughan’s guitar tone was as dry as a San Antonio summer and as sparkling clean as a Dallas debutante, the product of the natural sound of amps with ample clean headroom.

Vaughan owned and used a variety of guitars during his career. His guitar of choice, and the instrument that he became most associated with, was the Fender Stratocaster, his favorite being a 1963 body, with a 1962 neck, and pickups dated from 1959. This is why Vaughan usually referred to his Stratocaster as a, “1959 Strat.” He explained why he favored this guitar in a 1983 interview: “I like the strength of its sound. Any guitar I play has got to be pretty versatile. It’s got a big, strong tone and it’ll take anything I do to it.”

– credit Wikipedia

Each illustration is tied to a non-profit fund raiser. The first print of this Stevie Ray Vaughan illustration was sold in silent auction at a fund-raising event for The Refuge. The Refuge will be the first facility built in the State of Texas for juvenile victims of sex trafficking.
A subsequent print was sold at “Starry Nights” for a record $330. The benefit is for less fortunate children to have opportunity to go to summer church camp.

Digital Print on Archival Matte – Original illustration done in graphite and the following Prisma Colors: Aqua Marine; Indigo Blue; Tuscan Red; and Light Umber. Aqua Marine and Indigo Blue as he was the best Blues guitarist to ever live. Indigo Blue and Tuscan Red are typical Southwestern colors. Light Umber is used to illustrate Lenny, SRV’s guitar, as it was named for the woman who jilted Stevie while he was touring.
Artist: Tobin Bortner of Bastrop, Texas – drawing done in December of 2015 – ©Tobin Signs/Look Closer Illustrations

DERIVATIVE Work – photo credit: and the making of Texas Flood.

What you get:
$40 (36.95 + 3.05 tax)

11 x 14 Print Package with Authenticity Sheet
signed and numbered (run of 500)
Domestic Priority Mail $8
(Free shipping)

Stevie Ray Vaughan 010

The legend from Austin, Texas.


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