Back By Popular Demand

Now Appearing at Lady Bird Lake: Stevie Ray and The Cranes | iPhoneography by Jann Alexander © 2015
Now Appearing at Lady Bird Lake: Stevie Ray and The Cranes | iPhoneography by Jann Alexander © 2015

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.’

Moody Blues by Jann Alexander © 2013
Moody Blues by Jann Alexander © 2013

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? ♣

Wondering where things stand, or don’t?

Endangered Species of Austin, poster by Jann Alexander © 2009
Endangered Species of Austin poster

Take a look at my Vanishing Austin series: While many Austin landmarks are lost, many are survivors still. Admire them all in a slideshow, HERE. Prints start at $35.

You can marvel at what’s lost and what’s survived in my Endangered Species of Austin poster, featuring 16 Austin icons, and sized at a handsomely large 24 x 36,” available for $25, HERE.

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  1. 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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