On August 26, 1990 Stevie Ray Vaughan played a show in Wisconsin’s Alpine Valley Music Theater which is an hour and a half northwest of Chicago. Double Trouble opened the bill which included Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, his brother Jimmy Vaughan, and Eric Clapton.
I remember thinking, “Man, I’ve got to top the bill after this.” His playing was so fluid. It didn’t seem like he was playing to emulate anybody, it just came straight from him, seemingly without any effort. It was very inventive, and his singing was great too. He really did have it all. – Eric Clapton
Following that show, four helicopters scheduled to carry the musicians back to Chicago took off in a thick fog that had set down on the region. The one flown by 42-year-old veteran pilot Jeff Brown, carrying Stevie Ray and three of Clapton’s crew turned the wrong way in the fog and flew straight into an artificial ski slope. There were no survivors.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s debut album Texas Flood. At the time of it’s release, in 1983, blues were no longer hip like they were in the 1960’s when Clapton’s name (pertaining to the guitar and the blues) was equated with God. Texas Flood climbed the top 40 and spent over 6 months in the charts giving the musical genre a much needed boost. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble would spend the rest of the 1980’s creating great blues albums and packing houses and stadiums with exciting live performances until his untimely death.
Enjoy the Legacy Edition of Texas Flood which includes the 1983 live show at Ripley’s Music Hall in Philadelphia.