Steve Ray Vaughan Tribute in The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
SRV Joins The Class of 2015!
Finally, we welcome the legendary blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He wasn’t just any other musician — as what anyone who has heard his music will tell you. He was oozing with pure talent and the way he plays his guitar is unlike anyone else. Like other famous artists like Jimi Hendrix, SRV has a distinctive style but still, it’s next to impossible to emulate the man. He doesn’t just play his guitar — he makes music come alive in his hands!
David Bowie said, after seeing the 28-year-old Dallas blues guitar sensation for the first time at Montreux in 1982: “SRV completely floored me. I probably hadn’t been so gung-ho about a guitar player since seeing Jeff Beck in the early 60s.”
He may have struggled at the beginning but once people heard him play, they’re often left speechless and in awe. Every shred and riff is basically nothing they have ever heard before. And though his career was short-lived, he was able to create timeless songs and even collaborated with some of his heroes. Also, even if he is often being compared with Jimi Hendrix, SRV is a big fan of his.
“Even Eric Clapton probably put it best when he said, when Stevie Ray was playing his guitar, he was channeling a higher power through that guitar,” said Terry Lickona, executive producer of Austin City Limits. “He might have had a short life and a short career, but man, he contributed a lot to that lexicon of guitar music.”
This is just a fitting tribute to a legendary musician who has and will continue to inspire and influence thousands of other guitarists!