Born again! Backed by a new band, The Towering Cranes, Stevie Ray Vaughan appears daily on the south shore of Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas—to the delight of locals and SXSW music visitors alike. Rumor has it Stevie was overheard telling admirers he hardly recognized the ‘home of the blues.’
Stevie Ray Vaughan’s popularity grew in Austin with a weekly gig playing at Antone’s, self-described as the Home of the Blues. So we like to claim him as our own, and our statue of him on the shore of Lady Bird Lake is one of Austin’s most enduring landmarks. (Unlike many other Austin icons, Stevie’s statue is hardly endangered.)
Stevie got his musical start in his hometown, Dallas, before abandoning it, like many who’ve followed him, for Austin’s more relaxed vibe.
Austin, never shy about claiming the musical limelight, owes one to Stevie for lending credence to its title as The Live Music Capital of the World.
His statue makes a pretty fine tribute, don’t you think? ♣
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I dropped here for the Weekly photo challenge but I was attracted by the photo of the statue of SRV.
I miss that man and his music.
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His legend lives on. What’s your favorite song? Now that I live in Austin, I’m partial to It’s Floodin’ Down in Texas . . . because it does. Thanks for your visit!
The first Sony I heard from Jim was “Mary had a little lamb” from the Texas Flood album and I listened too that album manu and many times… I nave alla the “official” albums and the live at the Carnegie Hall DVD too… A true legend!
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I think that means you’ll be visiting his statue when you next get to Austin . . . ! Glad to hear from another Stevie fan.