Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan
On June 12, 2014, The GRAMMY Museum unveiled Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Located on the Museum’s fourth floor, this one-of-a-kind exhibit offers visitors an in-depth look at the iconic career of Stevie Ray Vaughan. This is the first exhibition exclusively highlighting the career of the legendary bluesman. Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie’s brother, served as a guest curator.
“I'm excited to partner with The GRAMMY Museum to honor my brother and his music,” said Jimmie Vaughan. “I know Stevie’s many fans will enjoy this exhibit, as many of his personal, never-before-seen items will be on display. I hope by doing this, it will remind people of the incredible musician he was and all the music and love he gave to the world. I miss him every day."
On display through July 2015, the exhibit features:
- several guitars, including Vaughan’s “Number One” Fender Stratocaster;
- early family photographs;
- original stage outfits, including Vaughan’s famous Indian headdress;
- handwritten lyrics;
- original concert posters/ tour ephemera;
- and much more…
With his astonishingly accomplished guitar playing, Stevie Ray Vaughan ignited the blues revival of the 1980s. Vaughan drew equally from bluesmen like Albert King, Buddy Guy, and Albert Collins and rock & roll players like Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack, as well as jazz guitarists like Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery, developing a uniquely eclectic and fiery style that sounded like no other guitarist, regardless of genre. Vaughan bridged the gap between blues and rock like no other artist had since the late 1960s. From 1983 to 1990, Stevie Ray was the leading light in American blues, consistently selling out concerts while his albums regularly went gold. His tragic death in 1990 at age 35 cut short a brilliant career in blues and American rock & roll, just as he was on the brink of superstardom.
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