Austin City Limits Salutes Stevie Ray Vaughan in Epic Hour

30th Anniversary Special Celebrates Music Great’s Iconic Appearances

Installment Premieres October 17 on PBS

Austin, TX—October 14, 2020—Austin City Limits (ACL) celebrates an icon with Stevie Ray Vaughan 30 Years On, an epic hour featuring the guitar giant’s two classic appearances on the ACL stage, on the 30th Anniversary of his tragic death. Widely hailed as one of the premier blues-rock guitarists, the Grammy-winning Vaughan made magic in his ACL outings and the broadcast captures his magnetic performances. The installment premieres October 17 at 9pm ET/8pm CT as part of the live music beacon’s Season 46. With live music still on pause, ACL continues to provide viewers a front-row seat to the best in live performance. The series airs weekly on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings) and full episodes are made available online for a limited time at pbs.org/austincitylimits immediately following the initial broadcast.  The show’s official hashtag is #acltv.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s two iconic appearances on the ACL stage in 1983 and 1989 rank among the most highly-requested episodes in the program’s archives. Stevie Ray Vaughan 30 Years On, an hourlong special, showcases the pair of performances in a rare broadcast, bookends of an incredible career cut short by the guitar hero’s tragic death in a helicopter crash at age 35 on August 27, 1990. The Texas bluesman’s towering command of the Fender Stratocaster was unparalleled, and Vaughan bridged the gap between blues and rock ‘n’ roll with an excitement that hadn’t been witnessed since Jimi Hendrix’s reign, sparking a rebirth of the blues, and inspiring a new generation of music fans. Three decades later, his lasting influence continues to resonate as countless musicians credit Vaughan’s ACL appearances as their inspiration to pick up the guitar. Vaughan and Double Trouble were inducted into the inaugural class of the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame in 2014 and the hometown legend is forever memorialized with a bronze statue in Austin.

The thrilling hour opens with Vaughan’s December 1983 ACL debut, with the iconic riff of his signature “Pride and Joy,” as the virtuoso captivates with his passion-fueled guitar music and blistering Stratocaster solos. Performing alongside Double Trouble, featuring Chris Layton on drums and Tommy Shannon on bass, the guitar-slinger soars on a pair of inspired covers: the title track to his 1983 debut album Texas Flood, with a slowburn reading of the Lone Star classic, dazzling with his ability to play the guitar behind his back, and an epic interpretation of Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child” that is pure rock ‘n’ roll swagger.

Vaughan made his final ACL appearance on October 10, 1989, less than a year prior to his untimely death, newly sober and at the height of his powers, in a performance for the ages. Delivering back to back highlights from his acclaimed 1989 final album In Step, including “Tightrope,” “Cold Shot” and “Leave My Girl Alone,” Vaughan’s performance is extraordinary, displaying a combination of raw power, deep emotion and technical brilliance with note perfect solos. Augmented by the addition of keyboardist Reese Wynans, Double Trouble and Vaughan sizzle with an exhilarating performance of their 1989 smash “Crossfire,” punctuated by the guitar icon’s scorching runs. “This one goes out to anyone who’s still suffering in any way,” says the all-time great as he launches into the shimmering

instrumental “Riviera Paradise,” pushing the guitar to new heights and continuing to explore new boundaries.

“30 years after his tragic death, these performances serve as bookends to Vaughan’s brilliant career with Double Trouble,” says ACL executive producer Terry Lickona, “showing a striking contrast between ‘zero self-confidence’ and ‘pure magic,’ but in both cases you can see a master at work.”

“My brother was so incredibly talented,” says Jimmie Vaughan. “Austin City Limits captured many of his best performances.”

Stevie Ray Vaughan 30 Years On setlist:

Pride and Joy
Texas Flood
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Tightrope
Leave My Girl Alone
Cold Shot
Crossfire
Riviera Paradise

Season 46 Broadcast Line-up (six new episodes to be announced):

October 3                 The Best of John Prine

October 10               Yola

October 17                Stevie Ray Vaughan 30 Years On

October 24               Rufus Wainwright

October 31                 ACL Presents: 50 Years of Asleep at the Wheel

November 7              John Legend & The Roots: Wake Up!

November 14           Jackie Venson | Mavis Staples w/Bonnie Raitt

November 21            The Mavericks

Tune-in, log on, and let ACL be a trusted sidekick for entertainment during these challenging days. The complete line-up for the full 13-week season will be announced at a later date.  Viewers can visit acltv.com for news regarding live streams, future tapings and episode schedules or by following ACL on Facebook, Twitter and IG.Fans can also browse the ACL YouTube channel for exclusive songs, behind-the-scenes videos and full-length artist interviews.

For images and episode information, visit Austin City Limits press room at http://acltv.com/press-room/.

About Austin City Limits                                                 

Austin City Limits (ACL) offers viewers unparalleled access to featured acts in an intimate setting that provides a platform for artists to deliver inspired, memorable, full-length performances. Now in its 46th Season, the program is taped live before a concert audience from The Moody Theater in downtown Austin. Austin City Limits is the longest-running music series in television history and remains the only TV series to ever be awarded the National Medal of Arts. Since its inception, the groundbreaking music series has become an institution that’s helped secure Austin’s reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World. The historic KLRU Studio 6A, home to 36 years of ACL concerts, has been designated an official Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Landmark. In 2011, ACL moved to the new venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin. ACL received a rare institutional Peabody Award for excellence and outstanding achievement in 2012.

Austin City Limits is produced by Austin PBS, KLRU-TV and funding is provided in part by Dell Technologies, RigUp, the Austin Convention Center Department and Cirrus Logic. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Austin City Limits. Learn more about Austin City Limits, programming and history at acltv.com.

Media Contact:

Maureen Coakley for ACL
maureen@coakleypress.com
t: 917.601.1229

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Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan

by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort
Foreword by Chris Layton
Epilogue by Jimmie Vaughan
Afterword by Tommy Shannon
St. Martin’s Press
Instant New York Times Bestseller!

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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.

Just a 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.

Instead, it 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.




Double Trouble keyboardist Reese Wynans’ debut album to feature Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton and more…

Stevie Ray Vaughan bandmate Reese Wynans to release first solo album “Reese Wynans and Friends – Sweet Release” out March 1, 2019 on Provogue Records

Produced by Joe Bonamassa

The first 100 pre-orders will receive a signed insert

DOWNLOAD A FREE TRACK VIA REESE’S WEBSITE!
reesewynans.com

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Reese Wynans "Sweet Release"album cover

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.

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Tommy Shannon Blues Band Scheduled to Debut in Dallas at Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance

L to R: Tommy Taylor, Tommy Shannon, David Holt
Photo Credit: Todd V Wolfson

The Tommy Shannon Blues Band will be making their Dallas debut at the 22nd Annual Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride and Concert scheduled for Sunday, October 2, 2016.  Also appearing are Alan Haynes with Jackie Newhouse, The Castenada Project and Los Lonely Boys.

Visit the event site for more information:
http://srvrideandconcert.org/