Best Brotherly Bond: Jimmie Vaughan Pays Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan
Stevie Ray Vaughan's prowess on the guitar is well documented, so in accepting the Rock Hall honor for the late musician, who died in a helicopter crash in 1990 at the age of 35, his older brother Jimmie Vaughan was careful to make note of the man behind the music. "Our dad used to say, 'He's a mean motor-scooter,' and he is," he said. "But what you heard with Stevie was his enthusiasm for everything."
In a backstage interview, Vaughan elaborated on his reasons for focusing on the brother he knew away from the music. "Most people know he was an incredible guitar player and a great musician and a singer," he said, "but what they may not know is that he was a sweet guy and he would do anything for you, and that was just the way he always was."
Vaughan's tribute offered a nice counterpoint to John Mayer's induction speech, which focused on the late musician's guitar heroics and the intensity of his playing ("It's a rage without anger; it's devotional, it's religious," he said) — elements that defined an all-star tribute that featured the likes of Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. performing alongside members of Stevie Ray Vaughan's freshly inducted backing band Double Trouble, including keyboardist Reese Wynans, bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton.