24th Rememberance of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Today marks the 24th anniversary of Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan’s death. SRV opened the door for me to Bluesville and I entered with my guitar hoping I could play half as good as him. He was truly an inspiration, he had the fire!


I remember this day well, it was a Monday and I was riding my Honda Goldwing back home to go to work at a lint-mine, I mean, garment factory. I was on Interstate 40 heading west and was just outside of Nashville, listening to the bike’s radio when the announcement came that Eric Clapton had died in a helicopter crash after a performance in Alpine Valley, Wisconsin. The WKDF radio announcer was going crazy with drama of losing one of the world’s best guitar players. He was correct and wrong at the same time.
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By Johnny West