The first definitive biography of guitar legend Stevie Ray
Vaughan, with an epilogue by Jimmie Vaughan, and foreword and afterword
by Double Trouble’s Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon.
few years after he almost died from a severe addiction to cocaine and
alcohol, a clean and sober Stevie Ray Vaughan was riding high. His last
album was his most critically lauded and commercially successful. He had
fulfilled a lifelong dream by collaborating with his first and greatest
musical hero, his brother Jimmie. His tumultuous marriage was over and
he was in a new and healthy romantic relationship. Vaughan seemed poised
for a new, limitless chapter of his life and career.
all came to a shocking and sudden end on August 27, 1990, when he was
killed in a helicopter crash following a dynamic performance with Eric
Clapton. Just 35 years old, he left behind a powerful musical legacy and
an endless stream of What Ifs. In the ensuing 29 years, Vaughan’s
legend and acclaim have only grown and he is now an undisputed
international musical icon. Despite the cinematic scope of Vaughan’s
life and death, there has never been a truly proper accounting of his
story. Until now.
Texas Flood provides the unadulterated
truth about Stevie Ray Vaughan from those who knew him best: his brother
Jimmie, his Double Trouble bandmates Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton and
Reese Wynans, and many other close friends, family members, girlfriends,
fellow musicians, managers and crew members.
Since the late 60’s, Reese has played with everybody from Duane Allman to Boz Scaggs to Jerry Jeff Walker to Carole King, before his famous stint in Stevie Ray Vaughan’s band Double Trouble. Since 2015 he has been an integral part of Joe Bonamassa’s band, playing to worldwide audiences.
On “Sweet Release”, Reese is joined by his Double Trouble bandmates Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton, guitarists Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd,Doyle Bramhall II and many others, to pay tribute to songs from his recording career with Stevie Ray Vaughan and bluesmen like Otis Rush and Tampa Red.
Highly recommended for fans of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble!
Sweet Release will be released worldwide on CD, double vinyl and digitally.
The double vinyl includes a code for a complimentary MP3 download of the album.
Come see the Tommy Shannon Blues Band perform in Austin, TX at the Texas Book Festival on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 3:00 – 3:45 PM in the Live Music Tent, located at the south entrance of the Festival.
Get more information and a full listing of performers and special guests on the Texas Book Festival website.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 18, 2015 – which was also Tommy’s birthday! Here is a photo of Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon and Reese Wynans from the red carpet.
Special thanks to Paul Thomas Photography for documenting the weekend in pictures for us. We love you, Paul!!