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Answers To Frequently Asked Questions

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.

MERCHANDISE

I want to make and sell SRV T-shirts, artwork, etc.

 

 

What can you tell me about SRV items for sale on the internet?

You need 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.

VALUES, APPRAISALS & AUTHENTICITY
How much is my "stuff" worth?

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Can you take a look at this and tell me if it is genuine?

For several 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.

If you 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 for sale. 

BOOTLEGS & OTHER UNRELEASED RECORDINGS
Where 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.
Why haven't they released ... ? VIDEO: We 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. 
JOINING
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.
GEAR
What amps, 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.
HOW TO ORDER  THE BOOK
How do I order the book? Click here 
 CONCERT DATES  
When did Stevie play in ____? There 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 everyone.
MOVIE
Is there going to be an SRV movie? Miramax Films planned a movie with Robert  Rodriguez to direct. To my knowledge, Rodriguez has not publicly commented on the project since 2001.

VH1 was working on a TV biopic, but the project was shelved many years ago.

See the News page for updates. 

# 1 / MUSEUM
Where 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.

A year-long 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.

Number One is on display at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles from June 2104 until approximately May 2015. From there it is my understanding the SRV exhibit will go to another museum in the South.

ALPINE VALLEY
Is 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 show.
OTHER FAN CLUBS 
Are there any other SRV fan clubs? It depends on your definition, but not to my knowledge.  
STEVIE'S HATS
Where can I get a hat like Stevie's? Texas Hatters made Stevie's hats. You can find them in Lockhart, Texas.
SRV MEMORIAL & GRAVESITE
We are travelling to Texas soon. How do I find Stevie-related sights? There are 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. 

JANNA
What is Janna, Stevie's former fiance, doing now? Janna 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.
DOUBLE TROUBLE
What are  Chris, Tommy and  Reese doing now? Double Trouble 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
Is Jimmie Vaughan on tour? Does he have another CD coming out? Does he have a fan club? etc.  See jimmievaughan.com
DOYLE 
What about Doyle Bramhall? Doyle released 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 doylebramhall.com. Doyle passed away a few years ago.
LEE
What 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.
AUTOGRAPH 
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.   Thanks to Marta Lozano, JJ Vicars and Rene Carrillo.
BOOKS
Are there any copies left of your first book, The Stevie Ray Vaughan Anthology?

Is The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan book still available?

I've heard about a massive new biography ...

What is the difference bewteen the book available on this website and the one called His Early Years available in bookstores?

Only 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.  

Stevie 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.

The 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. 

STEVIE'S JEWELRY / WARDROBE
Does 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 long gone.

BLOOD
What is Stevie's nationality, ethnicity?

What time was he born...?

First, get your terminology correct. "Nationality" refers to which nation a person belongs by origin, birth or naturalization. Stevie was born a 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 ethnicity.

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 pursuits.

PHOTO
Where 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? I 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 Night
ROCK 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 was first nominated for the 2015 class of inductees. Nominations are usually announced each October, and inductees announced in December.  With each passing year there are more worthy candidates for consideration, so it could be many years before Stevie is inducted. 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 before him.

By the way, don't forget it takes a lot of money to operate the Rock Hall + Museum, 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 years.

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

JANNA, MARTHA, LENNY
[Insert your personal question here] Janna and Lenny are not public figures. I do NOT answer personal questions about them. Martha passed away in mid-2009.
ACOUSTIC
Are 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.

COLD SHOT VIDEO
Who 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.
CHARITIES
Where 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 Scholarship Fund
Communities Foundation of Texas
5500 Caruth Haven Lane
Dallas , Texas 75225

The Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Fund
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 MY QUESTIONS!

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 so.

See also the WANT LIST page for items that I want for my collection.