Stevie's Legacy

Stevie's "Heros and Friends" Had Some Really Great Things To Say About Him

So much was said by so many in all walks of Stevie's life. I think that the way you are remembered is the only true legacy a person can leave behind. On that basis Stevie Ray Vaughan couldn't have done any better. These are a few of my favorite quotes about Stevie Ray Vaughan and that "blistering strat"
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"Stevie Never Played Anything The Same Way Once, Let Alone Twice. He Always Played Like He Was Breakin' Out Of Jail"

JIMMIE VAUGHAN



"Stevie was like family to me; when he died, I felt as bad as if I had lost my kid. I still can't believe he's not here anymore." "As a bluesman, he was as good as anybody. Ever!"

BUDDY GUY



"I saw him the night before he died, and he was happier than I'd seen him in about five years. He was particularly excited about finally doing an album with Jimmie, not only his brother, but his idol as well"

JEFF HEALEY



"What I admired the most about him was the stern kindness he showed his band. They always came first; he always made sure they were taken care of , he loved those boys."

GREGG ALLMAN



"I didn't get to see or hear Stevie play near often enough, but every time I did, I got chills and I knew I was in the presence of greatness. He seemed to be an open channel and music just flowed through him. It never seemed to dry up."

ERIC CLAPTON



"The most lasting memory I have of Stevie is his passion. I don't think there's any one who tears into a song the way he did. I think Stevie Ray was coming from some place so deep and so beautiful that there is no one that you can compare him to."

BONNIE RAITT



"He never had to stop and think, his execution was flawless and his feeling was impeccable. He could play as fast as anyone, but no matter how fast he played he never lost that feel. His guitar was his means of speech, and he spoke beautifully. I would say you could feel his soul, I know I did"

B.B. KING



"First time we played together, he was about fifteen or sixteen.We played in a band called Blackbird. Even then, and all through Double Trouble, it's like I never got "used to" playing with him. What I mean is I never took it for granted. It's like he'd do stuff every night that would just blow me away! I'd just stand over there and just couldn't believe it!"

TOMMY SHANNON



"I first saw him in 1975. My roommate at the time was playing in a band with him, and he said, "Why don't you come out and see us! The band's real good, and I think you'll really enjoy it!" So I did. I went to a place called Soap Creek Saloon, in Austin, and when I walked in I just could't believe it! This guy was like.........I thought this guy was like a human diamond, or something. He had this "Power." It's like when he played, it was like he "was" the music! I felt that way about him to the very end."

CHRIS LAYTON


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