Gary Clark Jr. Performs “Rockin'” Tribute In Honor Of Stevie Ray Vaughan
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Stevie Ray Vaughan was an American guitarist and singer who rose to fame in the 1980s with his unique blend of blues, rock, and jazz music. Born in Dallas, Texas in 1954, Vaughan was heavily influenced by his older brother Jimmie’s love of blues music, and he began playing guitar at a young age.
After honing his skills playing in local clubs and bars, Vaughan formed his own band, Double Trouble, and quickly gained a reputation as a talented and electrifying performer. His debut album, Texas Flood, was released in 1983 and received widespread critical acclaim, earning Vaughan a Grammy nomination.
Vaughan’s style of playing was characterized by his use of heavy distortion, fast-paced solos, and soulful vocals, all of which helped to redefine the sound of blues rock. His influence can be heard in the work of countless guitarists who have followed in his footsteps.
Sadly, Vaughan’s career was cut short when he died in a helicopter crash in 1990 at the age of 35. However, his legacy lives on through his music, which continues to inspire and captivate audiences around the world.
The 2023 CMT Music Awards announced on March 31st that they would be honoring Vaughan at the awards show, held on Sunday, April 2nd at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas. The tribute would be given by the very talented Gary Clark Jr.
Introduced to the crowd as “Austin’s own” Gary Clark Jr., the musician paid tribute to a fellow Texan with a cover of “The House Is Rockin’,” which Vaughan released in 1989 on his album In Step.
The audience was loving Clark’s rendition which featured epic piano and guitar solos! Watch a Gary Clark Jr.’s performance below.