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Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

About Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble is an American blues rock band from Austin, Texas formed by guitarist and vocalist Stevie Ray Vaughan, bassist Tommy Shannon, drummer Chris Layton and the last member to join the group, keyboardist Reese Wynans. The group was active during the 80s becoming one of the most influential blues bands of this decade and inspiring various artists since then.

The band was formed in the late 70s but it wasn’t until March 1982 at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland that it caught the attention of musician Jackson Browne who offered the group his LA studio to record which would be their first studio album. At that moment the band was formed by guitarist and vocalist Stevie Ray Vaughan, bassist Tommy Shannon, and drummer Chris “Whipper” Layton

In November of the same year 1982, the band had already recorded his first album at Jackson Browne’s LA studio.
The long play with the title Texas Flood, composed of ten tracks, was released on June 13, 1983, and would catapult the group to the #38 position of the Billboard 200, selling in its first months over half a million copies.

Two years later, on May 25, 1984, the band released his second studio album, Couldn’t Stand the Weather. The LP, recorded in 19 days at the Power Station in New York City, went #31 on the Billboard 200 and contained eight tracks, one being a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s Voodoo Child.

On March 1985, the band started the recordings for their next album, Soul to Soul in Dallas Sound Lab Studio in Dallas, Texas. As they included a new band member, keyboardist Reese Wynans their desire to experiment grew. Released on September 30 of the same year 1985, the album would consist of ten tracks and would be their most experimental LP.

On November 15, 1986, the band released their first live album Live Alive.

In Step released on June 6, 1989; would be the last album Stevie Ray recorded with Double Trouble before dying in a helicopter accident in 1990. Composed of ten tracks, it would be received by some critics as Double Trouble’s best album and would debut at number 33 on the Billboard 200 album chart.