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10 Great Stevie Ray Vaughan Tributes

25 years after his death, the blues hero’s sound lives on

John Mayer, Doyle Bramhall II and Gary Clark Jr

John Mayer, Doyle Bramhall II and Gary Clark Jr. perform songs by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble onstage during the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio on April 18th, 2015.

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When Stevie Ray Vaughan died 25 years ago today, he was on the verge of a second act comparable to his friend Eric Clapton's. After years of substance abuse, during which he managed to record three stunning albums of virtuosic Stratocaster sizzle with his longtime band Double Trouble, Vaughan was clean and sober, newly engaged and ready to rumble following the release of his critically acclaimed recovery-rock classic, In Step. A musician whose driving, celebratory sound disguised anxious shadows, Vaughan seemed on the verge of finally making all his dreams a reality. Fate had other plans, but Vaughan's influence endures in the musicians responsible for these 10 terrific cover versions of his music.

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