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April 2: Release date for the stunning new remastered vinyl and SACD collection moved to June 18. See the News page.
February 28: Former SRV roadie Byron Barr has a new website for his great photos. Check the Contact & Links page.
February24: Updated the page about the Blackbird posters with recent sale info ($1191).
February 11: A debate has resurfaced about the lyrics to one of Stevie's songs. See the Miscellaneous News page for details, and you tell me what you think the answer is. I will come up with a prize for the first person who convinces me they have deciphered the disputed lyrics.
February 7: The Legacy Edition of Texas Flood is out with a bonus live disc. See the News page. I contributed photos of memorabilia for the new liner notes. The Legacy Edition of Soul to Soul will be the next release from Sony (date not announced). There is also a cover feature in the March issue of Guitar World magazine.
December 22: Added a link to a short article about the new remastered vinyl releases coming next year. See the News page.
November 19: I have added almost 400 SRV items from my personal collection to the Store for sale! Included are the bulk of my poster collection, autographs, record awards, concert programs, clothing, rare collectables of every description. There are also some items previously owned by Stevie himself! CLICK HERE to go straight to the newly added items. I will be adding some additional items after the first of the year.
November 9: News page updated with release date for Texas Flood Legacy Edition. Updated list of known videos with part of another show from 1990.
October 3: How cruel to announce the Rock Hall of Fame nominees on Stevie's birthday, and skip over him again.
October 1: In honor of Stevie's birthday this week, everything in the Store except the book is now priced "MAKE ME AN OFFER." All reasonable offers will be accepted. (Of course, I am the arbiter of "reasonable.")
September 13: Nominations for Rock Hall of Fame are due within a few days. Not expecting support for SRV, but will post any news when it comes in. Nominations in September, selections in December.
September 6: Updated info on the audiophile box sets with release date and short review. See the News page.
August 8: Updated info about upcoming Sony remastered sets for Texas Flood and Soul to Soul.
July 12: A little more information on the News page about the upcoming audiophile recordings.
July 10: Magazine article alert on the News page.
July 1: Stevie will be among the features on Elwood's radio show (Dan Ayckroyd / Blues Brothers) July 7-8, 2012, and will stream from the website beginning July 13, 2012. Hear it live or streamed at www.thebluesmobile.com.
June 5: The only news is that there is an audiophile project proposed (remastered, not previously unreleased tracks). I will post any further information as it becomes more certain. I believe time may be running out to see the three SRV items on display at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. If you want to see one of Stevie's early guitars, the guitar strap from the cover of Live Alive and a stage-worn jacket, it would probably be a good idea to go soon. Some prices reduced in the Store.
April 12: I have dramatically lowered the price on Stevie Ray Vaughan: Day by Day, Night After Night. See the link above for ordering the book.
April 10: I am looking for an investor interested in taking over the Stevie Ray Vaughan Museum Collection of stage-used equipment, wardrobe, jewelry and rare concert posters and handbills. The collection spans Stevie's career from 1969 to 1990. Several hundred items plus hundreds of additional items in the research archive of recordings, photographs, books and periodicals. It took over 20 years to assemble the collection.
March 30: Very cool 3-D fine art of Stevie added for sale. Extremely rare and beautiful. Not your ordinary artwork.
March 26: If you are into Spotify, there is a new SRV app there. More on the News page.
March 12: "NUMBER ONE" AND STAGE WARDROBE ON DISPLAY!!! Stevie's "Number One" Stratocaster will be on display to the public for the first time since 1990 at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, TX from March 17 to October 14, 2012. I have loaned a pair of Stevie's boots and one of his Japanese happi coats for display also. For more information: http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/the_museum/texas-music-roadtrip.html
March 11: I am continuing to clean out my archives. Today I have added several boxes of blues publications and some Life magazines. I will be adding some rare SRV things for sale from my personal collection over the next several weeks. Keep checking back for more goodies as I clean house! I found a signed Buddy Guy magazine today I didn't even know I had. Some of these boxes haven't been opened in 15 years.
January 10: A couple of magazines coming out with excerpts from my book (See the News page). First SRV magazine features since mid-2010 to my knowledge.
January 2: Just received word that David Frame, bass player in Blackbird with Stevie, passed away last week. He was very helpful with the creation of the book, providing an interview and photos. R.I.P. David makes at least three people who gave interviews for the book who have passed away. You just never know how much time you have, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to talk with these musicians and share their recollections with you.
December 22: I will soon have for sale one of the rare Alpine Valley framed posters of Stevie, Eric Clapton, Jimmie and Robert Cray that were only given to top Fender guitar dealers back in the early 1990s. The photo was taken by famous rock photographer Robert Knight a few hours before Stevie passed away. If you are interested in purchasing it, email me. It won't last long.
December 12: New book includes "Number One" among most significant guitars of all time. See the News-Trivia page.
December 9: Testing new software... please let me know if you find a broken link or other technical issue on the website. New computer ... new software ... new glitches.
November 13: One of Texas' and the world's great musicians passed away today, Doyle Bramhall. He was among Stevie's closest life-long friends and songwriting partners. Sincere condolences to Doyle's wife, Barbara, son Doyle II, daughter Georgia and the rest of the Bramhall family. I was honored to call him my friend for 15 years. Several years ago Doyle gave me one of his early business cards from the 70's or 80s. He said people used to ask him if he was "the Doyle Bramhall," so he had cards made that said "The Doyle Bramhall." No disrespect to Doyle II, but Big Doyle will always be "The Doyle Bramhall" to me.
November 7: Added to the Store: a rare, signed Robert Knight portrait of Stevie and Jimmie from Alpine Valley.
October 5: Updated the News page with info about the MOFI SACD releases.
October 1: I did a speaking, book signing and exhibition of some famous items of Stevie's stage wardrobe and other memorabilia in Weatherford, Texas, at Craig's Music (www.craigsmusicinc.com).
September 28: No Rock Hall nomination for Stevie this year, but one for another Dallas guitar great, Freddie King! I'll bet he's a long shot, but I hope he makes it in.
September 23: I had one of the rare Fender framed posters of Stevie, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray and Jimmie at Alpine Valley available this week, but if you aren't on the mailing list you never got a shot at it. It was snapped up before I could put it on the website.
September 15: Updated the MOFI SACD release info on the News page.
September 14: Added a set of band autographs to the Store.
September 13: Sorry to report that there isn't any media discussion of Stevie being a likely Rock Hall of Fame nominee this year. The list of 2012 nominees should be reported in a couple of weeks.
September 1: Updated News page with info about new CD releases (sorry it's only news of a delay).
July 7: I need to upgrade my Adobe InDesign CS2 (a.k.a. InDesign 4) to InDesign CS3 (a.k.a. InDesign 5). I do not need to upgrade all the way to the current version CS5 (InDesign 7), and I only need it for one task, so it isn't worth spending hundreds of dollars for this. If you have an old CS3 disc (either stand-alone or upgrade from CS2) and would part with it because you no longer use CS3, please let me know.
June 9: The Store has been reorganized and prices reduced, in some case by hundreds of dollars.
May 27: Historic recording headed for release?? See the News page.
(removed due to threat from lawyer)
May 12: Updates to new releases on the News page.
On April 16 and 17, 2011, from 1:00-2:00 I will do a book signing at the Dallas International Guitar Show in the JK Lutherie booth.
April 11: There is still no release date for any of the other four MOFI SRV CDs. If you ordered back in September when they promised one per month beginning last October, I suggest you contact the seller and complain. I have cancelled my orders. If they ever release them, I may consider reordering.
On April 9, 2011, I will participate in a jazz and blues program in the auditorium at the public library, 300 N. Allen Dr., Allen, TX 75013 beginning at 3:00p.m. Following my discussion of Stevie Ray, there will be performances by Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch, Falcon Music Quartet and local blues/soul musician Tutu Jones. Come join us, and bring your friends.
March 17: Added three (!) autographs for sale in the Store.
March 10: New release info on News page.
March 8: I added a photo of the SRV display at the Grammy Museum to the Miscellaneous News page.
March 5: Signed record from Stevie's collection for sale in the store!
February 19: Double Trouble members Chris, Tommy and Reese will perform together on March 31 in Nashville at a club called 3rd and Lindsley.
February 3: Alex Napier, bandmate of Stevie's in Paul Ray and the Cobras - R.I.P.
January 22: Thanks to all who have shopped the poster sale. About 60 of the 160 posters sold within 48 hours. There are still plenty for sale in the Store.
January 18: Added over 160 posters for sale as I "thin the herd" of my personal collection. SRV, blues, Beatles, Hendrix, etc. See page 4 of the Store, plus a few new additions on the other pages. I have also updated my WANT LIST.
January 7: Please visit www.dontmesswithtexas.org and vote for Stevie Ray as the best spokesperson for the campaign! He was the first to participate, the spot debuting in January 1986. Some of the spots are really creative, and there's a lot of Texas musicians featured.
January 3: The first of the Mobile Fidelity reissues (see the News page) has been released.
December 28: R.I.P. Bill Maddux, 54, drummer for Eric Johnson. I met Bill a couple of times and he was an extremely nice guy.
December 27: Your help needed. I am searching for a copy of Stevie's appearance on the Rockline radio show dated May 25, 1987. Any format - mp3, tape, CDR, CD etc. Just need it for the archive. Will reimburse expense.
December 23: SRV on the cover of another magazine. See the News page.
December 13: Added several guitars for sale, including one owned by famous Texas guitarist Eric Johnson! Also added a large concert poster signed by both Vaughan brothers. See pages 1 and 2 of The Store.
December 6: Just in time for xmas, eBay is full of autograph forgeries. Buyer beware.
November 29: The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will be displaying Stevie's "Jimbo" guitar and a few items from my collection beginning in February. See www.grammymuseum.org for more information.
November 3: Added another signed album for sale, and two very special collections: my personal collections of promo posters, and my research archive of hundreds of magazines, newspapers and clippings. See the Store for details.
November 2: Stevie's Blackbird band mate Kim Davis died last month. R.I.P.
November 2: The Mobile Fidelity discs have been pushed back. Texas Flood is now scheduled "before the end of the year."
November 2: More updates to the Video Collection information (click on Collecting above).
September 29: Latest info on the new SRV/Albert King CD/DVD on the News page. By the way, Stevie was not nominated for the Rock Hall of Fame this year.
September 22: Added a couple of 1981-1982 posters for sale.
September 22: Nominations for the Rock Hall of Fame will be announced Sept 28. Prognosticators are not including SRV in their predictions. This is the third year Stevie has been eligible; he has yet to be nominated, much less inducted. I believe there will be 12 nominations again this year, up from nine in previous years. From the nominations, about five will be selected in December. My comments about this are on the FAQ page.
September 21: The 15th Annual SRV Remembrace Ride and Concert is Oct 3rd in Arlington, TX. I'll have a booth for selling books. Come by and say hello.
September 9: I have settled a claim with Sony Music regarding the unauthorized use of 14 photos stolen from my book and used in the liner notes of the Couldn't Stand the Weather CD reissued this summer. All they had to do was ask or put a credit in the liner notes and I would have allowed the use at no charge, as has been my practice for the past ten years. They decided not to ask permission or give credit and it cost them. I have a feeling this is standard procedure for the record company - take what you want and hope no one complains.
September 8: I have updated the News page regarding an item orginally posted in December 2008 about a possible new statue of SRV in Dallas.
August 31: Added another SRV magazine feature to the News page, this one from France. (Thanks, Alex!)
August 27: Mobile Fidelity is remastering five of Stevie's albums. See the News page.
August 27: I have posted some links to SRV tributes on the second News page (the Misc. link).
August 19: Reese Wynans will perform at 3rd & Lindsley,
Nashville, on August 27 for an SRV memorial event. Actor/musician Jeff Daniels
will open. UPDATE: I did not know until this morning that Chris Layton and
Tommy Shannon will also perform at the event. Rare opportunity to see all three
members of Double Trouble together again!
August 17: Prices reduced on many SRV guitar picks, autographs and other items in the Store!! Some new items added.
August 6: HERE's one of many interviews of Tommy Shannon now on the web.
August 5: The Albert King/ SRV releases have been pushed back - again. See the News page.
July 30: Another SRV magazine cover on stands now. See the News page.
July 19: Reese Wynans will perform at 3rd & Lindsley, Nashville, on August 27 for an SRV memorial event. Actor/musician Jeff Daniels will open.
June 23: New record company website for SRV. See the Trivia page of the News.
June 18: Link to (corrected) press release for the Couldn't Stand the Weather reissue coming in July -- see the News page.
June 15: Updated release date for the SRV/Albert King CD/DVD on the News page. (Sept. 28)
June 7: R.I.P. Chuck Pulin. Many of Chuck's photos of
Stevie grace the pages of my book. He paseed away at age 69 in April. I traveled
to New York in 2007 to review hundreds of images he took of Stevie. He
photographed Stevie almost every time he was in New York from 1982 through 1990,
including the now famous "audition" for the Rolling Stones in 1982.
Chuck was extremely friendly and I enjoyed talking with him even after our
business was completed. Sometimes business encounters lead to friendship, and I
thought of Chuck as my friend. I was very sad to learn of his passing.
Interestingly, that's Chuck with his camera in the photo on page 256 behind the
girl reaching up to touch Stevie. Posted by Jim Henke on the R&R HoF site:
"Today I received the heart-breaking news that Chuck Pulin had passed away.
Chuck was one of the great rock and roll photographers. He began shooting in the
early Seventies, and over the years he photographed everyone from Elvis Presley
to the Rolling Stones, from Frank Sinatra to Elton John, from Madonna to Bon
Jovi. He chronicled the history of such famous New York clubs as Max’s Kansas
City, CBGB, the Bottom Line and the Mudd Club. For many years, he was one of the
primary photographers for Billboard, the music-industry trade magazine.
And his photos appeared on scores of album covers, including records by Simon
and Garfunkel, the New Riders of the Purple Sage and Miles Davis, to name but a
few. Perhaps most importantly, Chuck was one of the most well-liked people in
the rock world. He had no enemies, and virtually everyone admired him and his
work. His passing is a true loss to the music world and the photography
June 3: Another update regarding SRV/ Albert King releases on the News page.
June 2: Updates to new releases and new SRV magazine article on the News page.
May 22: Updates to new SRV CD/DVD releases on the News page. (Thanks for updates from David Clarke and Bob O'hara.) Guitar World's July issue will feature SRV.
May 17: My book will be republished by Hal Leonard Corp this fall. They will split it into two volumes. Their listing now on Amazon is for the first half of the book, subtitled The Early Years. If you want the whole book I still have the signed, limited first edition for sale on this website as noted above. This means the signed first edition, limited to 3200 copies, will be more collectible and I will not be reprinting it.
April 30: Some info on new releases on the News page.
April 14: I am going through my entire collection creating a catalog and some items are ending up for sale in the Store. I will be adding more items for sale out of my collection throughout the next couple of months. Check back often, as some items go quickly.
April 12: No confirmations of any releases or events regarding 2010 being 20 years since Stevie died. If there are any, I will post the information.
April 12: Sony has changed the release date again for the CSTW Legacy edition, so it will not be out this month after all. No date available.
April 11: Are SRV items collectible? An SRV 8-Track tape (how many of you even know what that is?) just sold for $156. The only other one I've seen in 20 years went for $179.
April 9: Updated page 2 of the News page with results of the
auction of one of Stevie's suit jackets.
April 1: The Spring Garage Sale has started! Go to the Store for three pages of items for sale.
March 12: Want to have your photo taken in the same spot Stevie was standing for the Soul to Soul album cover? See page 2 of the News page.
February 23: Legacy edition of Couldn't Stand the Weather has a new release date. See the News page.
February 22: Stevie's jacket to be auctioned in April. See page 2 of the News page for details on this rare opportunity to own an item from Stevie's wardrobe!
February 13: In The Studio radio show to feature SRV. See page 2 of the News page.
January 26: Check the Links page for a new offer on an SRV photo print available in both limited edition high quality and lower cost prints in multiple sizes and with a framing option. A great image of Stevie by Stephen Stickler taken during the filming of the "Crossfire" music video in 1989. Also added a News item re a revised edition of the Guitar World book of magazine article reprints, coming out in April.
January 19: Stevie is mentioned in the dialogue of The Tooth Fairy movie. See the News page for more appearances of Stevie in films, TV and commercials.
December 17: SRV has been elected to the Austin Music Memorial. More info on the News page.
November 14: Some of you will remember Christina from the 2003 fan club tour. I have been hearing her on Sirius/XM radio lately (she goes by Cee Cee James). She has been invited to participate in the Int'l Blues Challenge competition in Memphis, but needs help raising the traveling expenses. If you would like to help a fellow SRV fan with an important opportunity in her career, she is accepting donations of any amount. Go to www.ceeceejames.com for more inforamtion. Go Cee Cee!
October 29: Though remembrances of Stevie are more appropriate on his birthday, I am hearing rumors of possible events in 2010, the 20th anniversary of his passing. I guess it is unavoidable in this culture that the majority commemorate life on the anniversary of death. That's warped. Anyway, if any events are confirmed I will post the information as soon as it is public information.
October 29: Second thief of SRV memorabilia sentenced by Austin court. Link on News page.
October 7: I have added a couple of autographs for sale.
September 25: ConcertTV is currently airing SRV's concert at Rockpalast as part of their video-on-demand programming.
September 22: Twelve nominations to the Rock Hall of Fame were announced a few minutes ago. SRV is not among them. My comments on Stevie's chances are on the FAQ page.
September 10: http://www.kera.org/artandseek/content/2009/09/10/artseek-qa-lupe-vargas/
August 13: Les Paul, R.I.P. I saw him perform a couple of times in NYC, the last time in 2007 when he was 92. What a wonderful show. The first time I saw him I found my self sitting next to two of the guys from Metallica. He always took time to sign autographs late into the night even in his nineties. I hope you got a chance to see him -- a legend.
July 23: I am looking for the following persons who took photos of Stevie. If you are or know one of these people, please contact me. Mark Smith (I bought a couple of photos of yours several years ago - Stevie wearing a tie-dyed scarf), B. Michenko, Cherry Rains, Bob Jenkins, Roger White, Jani Hiltunen, John-Christophe Fluckiger, Donna Gilbert, Mark Caldwell, Ken Voss, Marco Heimann, Michael Byrns, Larry Kerrigan.
July 23: I have written an SRV cover feature story for Guitar and Bass magazine in the UK. The on sale date will be August 14, I believe, but it is the October 2009 issue. The article is about Stevie from 1961-1971, and is largely taken from the biography, but even if you have the book it's another SRV cover story for your collection. UPDATE: I did not write the contents page "teaser" which refers to SRV as rising from being "a skinny kid with a big nose." A cheap and unnecessary shot I have complained about.
July 7: Rare error pressing of CSTW LP added to the Store.
July 2: Extra copies of some magazines and books added to the Store. There is also ONE copy of each of my first two SRV books available. I haven't had any Anthology books for sale in quite a while, so grab it if you are trying to complete the collection.
July 1: Yet another SRV magazine cover story overseas, this time in Japan. See the News page.
June 23: NEW RELEASE - Couldn't Stand the Weather, 2-disc Legacy Edition with bonus tracks and live concert. See News page.
June 19: In Session CD with Albert King and Stevie is reissued today in remastered format. More info on News page.
June 13: Martha Vaughan passed away today. I was honored to have called her my friend. She was a wonderful soul. Deepest condolences to the Vaughan and Cook families. May she rest in peace. In lieu of flowers, Martha's family has suggested charitable contributions, specifically to pet rescue programs. One of Martha's greatest joys in life was her rescued pets. I will collect contributions in Martha's memory until July 25, 2009, and make a group donation to the Humane Society of Dallas County, a no kill pet shelter, on behalf of the fans of Stevie Ray Vaughan in memory of Stevie and Martha. Click here for more information about the Humane Society.
June 13: I have added two rare SRV guitars for sale, a genuine Hamiltone and a Charley's Lipstick Special. See the Store. They are priced for a quick sale before raising the price to full market value.
June 4: R.I.P Koko Taylor.
May 21: Articles on Stevie guitar picks - see the News page.
May 19: New CDs and magazine with Stevie on the cover in Japan. See the News page.
May 17: The Spring Sale has been launched! See the Store pages.
May 9: R.I.P. Stephen Bruton.
May 8: MusiCares MAP Fund SRV Award for 2009 - See the News page.
May 6: "Lenny" guitar going on tour. See News page.
April 25: A report that Cutter Brandenburg, Stevie's long-time friend and roadie, passed away this morning was a hoax by someone (we know who) who thought it would be funny. The good news is that Cutter has been reminded how many people love him.
April 23: Added to the "Stevie is Everywhere" list of TV and movie soundtrack appearances.
April 18: In Japan, Family Style, Carnegie Hall and Sky Is Crying are being rereleased in June with bonus tracks. As soon as I find out more I will post it. (Thanks Tooru) UPDATE: The bonus tracks are all previously released on the box set or promo CDs. See News page for more info.
April 11: Two more songs have been added to the video collection from the 1981 Tornado Jam (thanks Xavi). See the Video Collection page. The spring "garage sale" is coming up soon. Advance notice will go to those on the mailing list. If you have bought a book or have previously requested to be on the list, you're on it. Please don't send the form again unless your email address has changed. There are a few very rare SRV items going in the sale.
April 4: There will be a Stevie Ray Vaughan Forum at the Dallas Guitar Show April 18 from 11:50a.m. until 12:20pm on the Clinician Stage. On display will be Stevie's primary guitar from the late 60's and early 70's, known as "Jimbo" - a hand me down from Jimmie. A rare opportunity to see one of Stevie's guitars up close before it is auctioned later this year and goes into someone's private collection. Auction estimate is over $700,000.
March 23: The South By Southwest Music Conference and Festival was really fun this past weekend. Tommy Shannon and Stevie's old roommate Mike Steele joined me and moderator Mark Murray for 90 minutes of stories, rare recordings and photographs on Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of fans came through the exhibition of a portion of the SRV Museum Collection that I assembled. Among those visiting the booth were Woodstock founder Michael Lang and MC Wavy Gravy, Stevie's nephew Tyrone Vaughan, Sir Earl Toon of Kool & the Gang, artist Jim Franklin and quite a few of Stevie's old friends from the Austin area. This was the first time I set up the exhibition in Austin, and a lot of fans came through the booth with their own recollections of seeing Stevie perform or being around him. I also participated in an interview with noted Austin poster artist Nels "Jagmo" Jacobson who designed the poster for Stevie's last Austin show. I also met a VH-1 producer who wants to talk about a full-length documentary on Stevie. We shall see what develops, but of course any okay would have to come from Jimmie Vaughan.
Auction: Please note that later this year a guitar formerly owned by both Jimmie and Stevie will be aucioned with part of the proceeds going to the SRV Scholarship Fund established by Stevie's mother, and to a fund for the preservation of the SRV Memorial in Austin. The 1951 Fender Broadcaster was a primary instrument in Stevie's early development in the late 60s and early 70s, and has the added history of being a hand-me-down from Jimmie. The guitar's authenticity is fully documented. The auction company estimates that it will bring $700,000 or more. I will post more information about the auction when I have it.
March 2: click for Press Release regarding free event in Austin with Tommy Shannon and author Craig Hopkins.
February 27: Rock Band fans are getting SRV next week. See the News page under "Other Products."
February 13: A Stevie sighting in IRAQ! (click)
February 1: Stevie on the cover of a magazine in Italy. See the News page.
January 30: To the person who contacted me before xmas looking for one of the large (48x36) SRV promo posters, I have one for you. I have acquired several Couldn't Stand the Weather and Texas Flood-style promo posters which will be in the next garage sale along with at least one autograph and a rare tour jacket. If you are not on the mailing list for notice of the next sale, follow the link above.
January 18: Postage rates went up today. My cost for shipping the book in the US went up 55˘, Canada went up $3, and other countries up $2. I have adjusted those shipping rates accordingly, but I am holding the price for USA shipping to the old price for now. Still no sales in Maine, the Dakotas or Wyoming. If you live in a neighboring state, go knock on the door and see if anyone is home out there! Do they have signs up at the border, "No SRV Beyond This Point"?
January 2: The SRV biography is now available on Amazon.com. If you have enjoyed your copy, I would appreciate it if you would write a favorable review on the Amazon website. Just go to this LINK and follow the instructions for posting a review. It's quick and easy. You don't have to have bought through Amazon to post a comment. Thanks! (The price is higher at Amazon to cover their commission and fees.)