To Frequently Asked
Here are the answers to
the questions I have been asked week in and week out for the past 13+ years.
Some of these subjects may be treated in more detail on other pages in this website.
want to make and sell SRV T-shirts, artwork, etc.
What can you tell
me about SRV items for sale on the internet?
permission from the Estate of Stevie Ray Vaughan for new products. The executor is Jimmie
Vaughan. It is highly recommended that you consult with an attorney
regarding your rights as an artist. My understanding is that an artist
may create an original work of art which incorporates Stevie's name or
likeness, but may NOT reproduce, market, publish or distribute
copies or prints of that artwork without permission from Stevie's
Estate, regardless whether they are sold or given away.
My observation is that most of the SRV items for sale
on the internet are illegal, unlicensed merchandise and forged
autographs. I watch the major internet auction site regularly, and in my
opinion 95% of all SRV autographs, concert posters, pins, stickers, guitar picks, signs and other miscellaneous
items are unlicensed, illegal or forged items. Buyer beware. If you want to buy
investment grade SRV memorabilia, be very careful who you buy from. See
also my comments on the Collectibles pages of this site and in The
Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan for other collecting tips.
APPRAISALS & AUTHENTICITY
much is my "stuff" worth?
Can you take a
look at this and tell me if it is genuine?
reasons, I do not give opinions on
authenticity of other sellers' merchandise. I have provided an analysis of the factors involved
in valuing and authenticating memorabilia in The Essential Stevie Ray
Vaughan. Some of that information can be found in the Collectibles
pages of this website. In terms of authentication, the bottom line is that
if you have a reasonable doubt, don't buy it, because the seller hasn't
satisfied you regarding the item's authenticity.
need an insurance appraisal, I will provide a written estimate of
value including a statement of my qualifications for a reasonable fee. It is a professional service just like
a jewelry or antiques appraisal. If the items were purchased from me, I
will provide an updated appraisal at no charge. To determine the
insurance appraisal fee I would need to know the exact number of items
you want appraised. If you accept the fee you can pay it through Paypal
or money order and supply me with a detailed list of items containing a
description and condition. After looking over your list I will let you
know if I have questions or need photos of anything. Please understand
the appraisal is only as good as the information you provide me to work
with. For anything that is framed, I will assume the framer has used
acid-free material and has not diminished the value of the items framed
(dry mounting, trimming, adheisives, non-acid-free materials, etc.).
Most framers do not use conservation methods or materials, but there is
no way for me to know how much damage they have done without an
inspection, so I merely qualify my appraisal on that basis. Insurance
appraisals do not include guarantees of authenticity of autographs. I
only authenticate autographs purchased from me.
If you are looking for a buyer for your
memorabilia, I am
happy to respond to your offer to sell SRV or other blues / rock memorabilia you have
& OTHER UNRELEASED RECORDINGS
can I get bootlegs, "imports," MTV Unplugged, etc.?
||I do not make
referrals to bootleggers for a number of reasons, including that I
cannot vouch for the quality of the products (especially video) or the
honesty of the dealers. In other words, you can't get them from me, and
I do not tell people where they can get them.
they released ... ?
would all love to see various of Stevie's television appearances and
professionally recorded concerts released for purchase. But a TV station
typically negotiates the right for an initial broadcast and perhaps the
right to rebroadcast the program/ concert a limited number of times over
a limited time period. But, they almost never have a right to market and
sell concert recordings or even programs they produce themselves.
For example, VH-1, to my knowledge, no longer has the right to even
broadcast the Legends special about Stevie because their
rebroadcast rights ended after three years. Why didn't they negotiate a
longer term? Maybe budget, maybe their focus is keeping their content
fresh, or maybe that is the longest term they could negotiate from the
dozens of rights owners involved in making a documentary, or maybe they
were short-sighted. Any and all of the following may have rights, and may or may not want to grant
rights for any number of personal or professional reasons: the writers, the producers, the station,
each of the artists, the record companies, the management companies, the Estate of SRV, the licensed merchandisers, the actors,
the publishers, the copyright owners (which may be numerous) etc. You can't just ask "why isn't this released" - it's not that simple.
AUDIO: The same issues are involved
here, but a record company is a business, and the record company's
focus is going to be on the market as a whole, not just the hardcore fans.
They will never release all the things we think are worthy - it's just
not going to happen.
|How do I
join the fan club?
||You don't. There
is no longer any requirement to join the fan club. The web site has
taken the place of the subscription newsletters. I do not have any photos or other
material to send out for free. The few items I give away are distributed
on the fan club Tours or at the annual SRV Ride
and Concert in Dallas.
guitars, effects did Stevie use? How can I get his tone?
||See the Gear page
of this website. I cannot answer other gear and technical questions.
TO ORDER THE BOOK
do I order the book?
did Stevie play in ____?
are approximately 2000 concert dates listed in my book. Your question is
part of the reason I did the book - so that thousands of fans can find
such information. I simply do not have time to look this up for
there going to be an SRV movie?
planned a movie with Robert Rodriguez to direct.
To my knowledge, Rodriguez has not publicly commented on the project
VH1 was working on a TV biopic, but
the project was shelved many years ago.
See the News page for
1 / MUSEUM
are Stevie's guitars, etc.?
Is there an SRV
museum or display anywhere?
|Jimmie Vaughan has
all of Stevie's guitars, the gold coin rings and the Coptic cross which
Stevie wore. Rumors of the sale of Stevie's guitars are false. In particular, the persistent rumor that Randy Bachman
bought Number One is false. My understanding
is that Bachman either purchased an expensive replica of Number One or
an SRV Signature Stratocaster prototype. UPDATE: Stevie's guitar called
"Lenny" was auctioned for charity on 6-24-04, bringing over
$623,000. The buyer was Guitar Center. See the News page regarding the
theft of some of Stevie's guitars in 2007.
exhibition of perhaps the most important collection of SRV memorabilia
(other than the guitars Jimmie has) began in May 2006 and ran through
mid-May 2007. See the Museum page for upcoming exhibitions.
there audio or video of Stevie's last performance?
||No video of the
last show has ever surfaced to my knowledge. There is a poor
quality audience video of the August 25th show, and a couple of
audience-made audio recordings of the August 26th show. Rumors of the
existence of a soundboard tape of the last show persist. In preparation for the SRV box set,
Sony searched for but could not find any soundboard recording of the last
there any other SRV fan clubs?
depends on your definition, but not
to my knowledge.
can I get a hat like Stevie's?
||Texas Hatters made
Stevie's hats. You can find them in Lockhart, Texas.
MEMORIAL & GRAVESITE
are travelling to Texas soon. How
do I find Stevie-related sights?
sightseeing maps for Austin and Dallas in my books, The Stevie
Ray Vaughan Anthology and The
Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan.
The SRV Memorial is in Austin on the shore of
the Colorado River (known as Lady Bird Lake as it goes through town). The
park is called Auditorium Shores.
Stevie's gravesite is in Laurel Land Cemetary,
about 10 miles south of downtown Dallas at the intersection of IH35E and
Laurel Land Road.
is Janna, Stevie's former fiance, doing now?
has been a model and has done some acting as well. She was in
an episode of The Street on Fox TV, and in the Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn movie The Out of Towners
as the woman Martin chases in the park. After seven years living in Australia, she moved back to the United States
in 2008 with
her husband and two sons.
are Chris, Tommy and Reese doing now?
released a CD in February 2001, featuring guest appearances by
Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Johnson,
Susan Tedeschi, Dr. John, Doyle Bramhall II, Charlie Sexton, Malford
Milligan, Reese Wynans and others. They all continue to be in high demand for
studio work and concerts. In 2003 they played several concerts with
John Mayer. Tommy and Uncle John Turner did several Krackerjack
reunion gigs, and in 2005 teamed with Greg Martin (KY Headhunters) and
Bruce Bowland of Krackerjack to form The Nonprofit Prophets for a gig at
the Dallas Guitar Show. Chris continues as a member of the ARC Angels,
and Tommy is in a band called Eightysixxed that plays often in Austin.
Jimmie Vaughan on tour? Does he have another CD coming out? Does he have
a fan club? etc.
is Doyle Bramhall doing now?
has three CDs - Bird Nest On the Ground (with one track featuring
Stevie), Fitchburg Street and Is It News. He produced the Indigenous CD Circle,
and CD's by Chris Duarte
and Marcia Ball. Doyle's Is It News CD in 2007 was nominated for
a Grammy. See
happened to Lee Hopkins who did the Fan Club newsletters?
|| Lee is
my middle name, which I used for fan club business from 1993 to 1998.
|What is the
"c/s" that Stevie sometimes put at the end of his autograph?
||It stands for the
Spanish phrase "con safos." Apparently there are different
meanings depending on the context. Rival gangs add c/s to their mark in the opposing
neighborhood as if to say "We were here on your turf," similar to giving someone
the finger. It is also used by Latino painters and muralists to say that in
defacing my work or name you are bringing shame to yourself. This is putting
it nicely. Basically it is meant as sort of a protective mark. Guitar
Player Magazine ran an article on the Tailgators, Don Leady and Keith
Ferguson about 1987, in which Keith said it means, "Safe,
here to stay." Keith and Stevie were friends, so that was probably the interpretation Stevie would have heard.
to Marta Lozano, JJ Vicars and Rene Carrillo.
any copies left of your first book, The Stevie Ray Vaughan Anthology?
Is The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan
book still available?
heard about a massive new biography ...
is the difference bewteen the book available on this website and the one
called His Early Years available in bookstores?
3102 copies of the Anthology were printed, and I rarely have
copies for sale. It will not be reprinted.
There were 2967 copies ofThe Essential
Stevie Ray Vaughan printed.
Ray Vaughan: Day By Day, Night After Night was published in June
2008 and can be ordered now here. It is the most
comprehensive biography of Stevie to date.
book available on this website is the collectors' edition signed by the
author. It covers 1954-2008. For the bookstores, the book has been split
into two volumes: His Early Years, 1954-1982, published in
September 2010; and His Later Years, 1983-1990, published in
September 2011. There were only 3200 copies of the collectors' edition
printed, and as of early 2011 there are only 700 left.
JEWELRY / WARDROBE
anyone sell crosses like Stevie wore late in his career?
What kind of coin
rings did Stevie wear?
Where can I get
clothes like Stevie wore?
Go to the ART page for info about Stevie's jewelry.
Print or patterned clothing is not
made year after year. Typically, a patterned shirt is only made once,
and when stores sell out, they are never manufactured again. The
patterned shirts Stevie wore, such as on Austin City Limits and MTV
Unplugged, have not been in stores in over 16 years. The
Mexican poncho was purchased at a restaurant vendor's booth which is
is Stevie's nationality, ethnicity?
What time was he
get your terminology correct. "Nationality" refers to which
nation a person belongs by origin, birth or naturalization. Stevie was
US citizen. Now, even if you didn't get the question right, the answer
is that he was caucasian. I have never seen any reference to Stevie's
ancestors having any other ethnic mix. No Native Americans or Hispanics.
It seems these questions arise mainly because of the shape of Stevie's
nose, which was primarily the result of childhood sinus surgery rather than
I've been asked several
times the exact time Stevie was born. Apparently this is for some
"astrological" purpose. It is my understanding that Stevie's
mother did not appreciate people trying to ascribe things to her son
based on astrology, and personally I agree with her. I'm not trying to
be rude - you are entitled to believe whatever you believe, but it is not my place to further such
can I get that photo of Stevie on the beach with his arms outstretched,
which appears near the end of the VH-1 Legends program?
finally located the original photo and it appears for the first time in
print in the new book, Stevie Ray Vaughan: Day By Day, Night After
AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
Eligibility begins 25 years after an
artist's first recording is released. Apparently, Stevie's recordings in
1971, 1977 and 1979 do not count (perhaps because they were only singles
and they were not "his" bands), so Texas Flood in June 1983 is
considered his first, making him eligible in 2008.
Stevie has not been nominated, much
less inducted. Nominations are usually announced each late September,
and inductees announced in November or December. With each passing year there are more worthy candidates for
consideration, so it could be many years before Stevie is
considered for induction. We can only wait and see.
From the HOF website: "Criteria
include the influence and significance of the artistís contributions
to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll. The
Foundationís nominating committee, composed of [music business
insiders, (heavily slanted toward Rolling Stone magazine], selects nominees each year in the Performer category.
Ballots are then sent to an international voting body of about 1,000
rock experts. Those performers who receive the highest number of votes,
and more than 50 percent of the vote, are inducted. The Foundation
generally inducts five to seven performers each year."
My opinion is that
Stevie's merit is clear and unquestionable. However, each year there are more
than enough worthy candidates, and at 5 to7 per year, there is a
significant backlog already. Even I would be hard pressed to argue that
Stevie should immediately jump to the head of that line of worthy
candidates, and I believe if Stevie were alive he would be putting the
names of many other artists ahead of himself. All one has to do is read
Stevie's interviews to see his respect for those who blazed the trails
By the way, don't forget
it takes a lot of money to operate the Rock Hall + Musuem, and the
induction ceremony is their largest fundraising project. So
commercially successful (and living) artists are likely to have a
leg up in the voting. Also, the Rock Hall has a strong tie to Rolling
Stone magazine, and Stevie has not exactly filled its pages over the
It is my opinion
that petitions are a waste of time because it is a political process and
popularity contest like any other award. If the HOF wants Stevie in, fine. But the people who
vote are not likely to be swayed by a petition. It is not a public or
fan-based process. I do hope that when the time comes, Double Trouble
makes it as well.
Here's an interesting
link, wherein they rate Stevie's chances of induction at 26%: http://www.futurerockhall.com/artist.php?artist_id=Stevie_Ray_Vaughan
your personal question here]
||Janna and Lenny are not public figures. I do
NOT answer personal questions about them. Martha passed away in
there more recordings of SRV on acoustic guitar?
To my knowledge,
Stevie performed the following acoustic sets or songs: 10-14-85
Berkeley CA 20-minute set; 8-86 American Caravan, "Oreo Cookie
Blues" with Lonnie Mack; 1-30-90 MTV Unplugged, 3.5 songs.
The three completed songs from Unplugged appear on the SRV box
set and on the Pride and Joy DVD.
is the woman in the "Cold Shot" video?
Margaret Wiley. She was a popular
actress at Esther's Follies theatre on 6th Street in Austin. From
Esther's website: "Margaret was our wild and wonderful star from 1980 - 1999, one of our major writers, creative choreographer and costume/prop maker
extraordinary [sic]. She appeared in a Steve Ray
Vaughan video, built floats for Ann Richards Inauguration Parade, and made all our wigs towering beehive masterpieces.
Chi Chi LaBamba, Margaret Wiley's memorable bombshell character, always started the show after the News Medley by going out into the audience and picking out three contenders for "Hunk of the Night", asking them questions, and letting the audience decide who was the hunkiest to dance with her in sombrero and maracas." She
was voted Funniest Person in Austin in 1988; she died in 1999.
can I make a charitable contribution in Stevie's memory?
Stevie's mother set up the SRV
Scholarship Fund to benefit students at Greiner Middle School in Dallas.
There is also a fund for the maintenance of the SRV Memorial (statue) in
Austin. You must specify the Stevie Ray Vaughan Fund when making
your contribution to:
The Stevie Ray Vaughan
Communities Foundation of Texas
5500 Caruth Haven Lane
The Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial
City of Austin Public Art
PO Box 1088
Austin, TX 78767
Another option, one chosen by
Stevie's mother for memorials before she passed away, is any no-kill
animal shelter. Stevie and his mother loved their pets.
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN TO ANSWER
1. If you have a Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar
pick, tortoise shell color with full name in gold lettering on two lines,
please contact me with details on where the pick came from. I am trying to
determine whether these picks were made before or after Stevie died.
2. On which track(s) did Stevie play on Roy
Head's Living For a Song album in 1985? Stevie is credited as a
guitar player in the liner notes, but I don't hear him on any of the tracks. The
liner notes do not say which musicians played on which tracks.
3. To my knowledge, the only documented instance
of Stevie giving away one of his guitars was a Rickenbacker prototype he gave to
Hubert Sumlin (it was later stolen from Hubert). Also, to my knowledge, the
various guitars on display around the world or sold at auction since Stevie died
are all merely guitars that Stevie signed (at best) (except "Lenny"). If anyone knows of any
documented incidence of Stevie giving away a guitar, please let me know. For
example, the guitar which resembles Stevie's Hamiltone which was on display at
the Peterson museum in Los Angeles was not Stevie's Hamiltone. Jimmie told me
See also the WANT LIST
page for items that I want for my collection.