Guitar Heroes

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Arguably one of the most prolific, inspiring and often imitated guitar players of all time, we take a look at what made Stevie Ray Vaughan an icon in the 70s and 80s and see the impact his playing still has today.

 Posted: 4 August 2020

History

Arguably one of the most prolific, inspiring and often imitated guitar players of all time, Stevie Ray Vaughan started playing guitar at an early age in the 1960s, inspired by his brother Jimmy Vaughan (who also became a guitar icon). In his twenties Stevie moved to Austin, Texas where he began to build a following, which led him to starting the band ‘Double Trouble’ in 1978, in which he had huge success. SRV went on to perform at Montreux Jazz Festival and headlined Madison Square Garden before his unfortunate death in a helicopter accident in 1990. During his time, Stevie Ray Vaughan was at the forefront of the blues music revival in the late eighties and was inducted into the Rock N’ Roll hall of fame.