Stevie Ray Vaughan
Texas native Stevie Ray Vaughan
, with his band Double Trouble, revitalized the blues in the 80's with
a powerful, energetic guitar style that blended influences as diverse as
Jimi Hendrix and Albert King. Stevie was, simply put, a "tone god," with
a massive, monstrous attack on his heavily strung '59 Fender Stratocaster;
yet he was also capable of deftly turning to subtle, jazz influenced playing.
Widely admired for his playing, Stevie overcame drug addiction and personal
demons, but died tragically in a helicopter crash August 27, 1990.