Like such a lot of living legends and phenomenal talents, Stevie Ray died in a helicopter crash in 1991. Luckily, there are scores of recordings documenting the genius of this Texan blues guitarist, including these appearances on Austin City Limits and more. 1983-89/color/63 min/NR/fullscreen.
Few guitarists ever mastered the Fender Stratocaster like the past due, great Texas bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan, and this priceless digital video disc collects either one of the sizzling appearances that Vaughan and his solid band, Double Trouble, made at the PBS concert series Austin City Limits. Combined to form the most well liked program within the show’s distinguished history, the concerts were taped in 1983 and 1989; both provide a valuable portrait of Vaughan’s astounding artistic development. The performances function bookends to Vaughan’s brilliant career with Double Trouble, showing (within the words of producer Terry Lickona) a striking contrast between “zero self-confidence” and “pure magic,” but in both cases you’ll be able to see a master at work. Songs include “Pride and Joy,” “Texas Flood,” “Voodoo Chile,” “Cold Shot,” and “Riviera Paradise.” This great-sounding DVD also includes the posthumous music video “Little Wing,” featuring clips of Double Trouble and archival footage of blues greats from the 1920s to the mid-1990s. If you are even a part-time blues fan, Stevie Ray Vaughan: Live from Austin, Texas is a will have to-have disc. –Jeff Shannon