The essential exhibition for Stevie Ray Vaughan fans has come to the Bullock Museum in for a one-of-a-kind, curated look at the life and times of this legendary Texas bluesman. The exhibit opened on March 10 and runs through July 23 for this one and only home state (and final) stop of the “Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Steve Ray Vaughan” touring exhibit.
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One & Only Texas Stevie Ray Vaughan Exhibit Tour Stop Happening Now at the Bullock Museum
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Curated by The Grammy Museum at L.A. LIVE, and guest-curated by Jimmie Vaughan (Stevie’s older brother), the unique exhibit is named after Vaughan’s best-known 1983 original song and highlights the musical career and short-lived time on Earth for this icon. Offering an in-depth look at the Texas legend, the Dallas-born singer and musician made his career in Austin, which is why it’s so poignant that the exhibit makes its final stop at the Bullock Museum.
Kindling a renaissance in blues appreciation, Stevie Ray Vaughan played a furious guitar, hypnotized throngs of 1980’s concert-goers and sang lead to Chris Layton on drums and Tommy Shannon on bass in front of regularly packed clubs in Austin as Double Trouble. Together, their music brought a new fan to the sounds influenced by artists such as Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, and Albert King. Industry accolades and sold-out shows confirmed what Vaughan’s fans already knew – that he may have been Texan first, but his talent went well beyond state lines.
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Tragically losing his life at the age of 35 in 1990, the “Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan” exhibit at the Bullock Museum allows his memory and music to live on, featuring interactive displays and multimedia that a true SRV fan can really get behind – literally. Visitors to the exhibition can stand behind a guitar and operate five different effects pedals. They can also select a song and control those pedals to imitate their guitar hero! Not only that, but throughout the showcase, fans can hear personal stories and remembrances from those that were close to him.