AUSTIN (KXAN) — Legendary Austin blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble will take their place at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland during an induction ceremony on Saturday.
His 1989 performance on Austin City Limits would be his last. The following year Vaughan lost his life in a helicopter crash at the age of 35.
“It is also sad to reflect on how much we miss him and just to wonder what would Stevie Ray be doing today if he was alive,” said Terry Lickona, executive producer of Austin City Limits. “When he died he was really at the top of his game.
“Even Eric Clapton probably put it best when he said, when Stevie Ray was playing his guitar, he was channeling a higher power through that guitar,” Lickona added. “He might have had a short life and a short career, but man, he contributed a lot to that lexicon of guitar music.
“It’s hard to imagine that he could have gotten any better. But if he had been around and lived to be 60, I bet he would have.”
Austin has a statue honoring Stevie Ray Vaughan on Lady Bird Lake, and the City of Dallas announced plans Thursday to honor Stevie and his brother Jimmy with a statue near their old Dallas neighborhood.