Thuc Vu jamming in G

This young man came to me with a strong desire to learn the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan. We have since moved into studies of music theory, composition, and mastery of many aspects of guitar playing, but we both have never forgotten what brought him to me in the first place; his desire to play and pay homage to our shared guitar hero.

It seems only appropriate on the 23rd anniversary of the death of SRV that I document for the world what an awesome guitar player Thuc Vu is becoming.

Thuc, thanks for entering my life and sharing my love of guitar, music, and Stevie!

Remembering Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar pick

Monday, August 27, 1990 was already heating up early in the morning when I got the call from my tearful wife telling me to turn on the radio and that Stevie had died. The details began to emerge of a tragic helicopter flight that claimed the lives of Stevie, the pilot, and several members of Eric Clapton’s management team.

She cried a little each day until Stevie’s funeral the following Friday. Our first date was going to a Stevie Ray Vaughan concert. We continued to remain huge fans and attended every show we could.

She listened to Stevie all the time while pregnant. When our infant son was fussy we would prop him up on a beanbag chair in front of the TV with a bottle and videotape of Stevie’s music videos. Worked like a charm every time.

We took our son to Stevie’s last Dallas appearance, a blues fest with Stevie, B.B. King, and Joe Cocker headlining in June of 1990. He was six months old at the time and danced in his parents arms the whole concert.

Now we were taking him to Stevie’s funeral.

Driving along I-20 east out of Arlington, Texas to Dallas that morning was surreal. Overnight many billboards along the highway had been tagged with farewells to Stevie. It seemed like every car and truck had something written on its rear window.

Stevie was buried at Laurel Land Cemetery in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas he had grown up in. Aug 30 was probably the hottest day of that Texas summer and we were concerned about the heat on our son. We considered a shaded area but wanted to be as close to the actual memorial service as possible. He didn’t seem to mind and was quiet the whole time.

In addition to his family and close circle of friends, Stevie’s memorial service was attended by numerous artists such as ZZ Top, David Bowie, and Buddy Guy. Nile Rogers read a eulogy to Stevie and debuted a track from an upcoming collaboration with his brother Jimmie called “Tick Tock”. Stevie Wonder, Jackson Browne, and Bonnie Raitt sang Amazing Grace, acapella. Despite the intense heat, many in the crowd would later describe the chills they felt at that moment.

Like many, we filed past his graveside leaving flowers, guitar picks, and a card for his mother, Martha.

I don’t recall the drive home except for the fact that we listened to Stevie’s music. His life, guitar, and legacy, though tragically ended provided solace and a soundtrack for my son to fall asleep to once again.

Hannah Hall-”Juliet” The Door Dallas, Texas 7-27-2013

On 7-27-2013 Hannah Hall won the battle of the bands contest hosted at The Door in Dallas, Texas. This was the latest in series of successful appearances she has made throughout 2013. Whether performing in a coffee house for friends, family, and admiring fans or wowing the judges at the Gospel Music Association reVIEW you competition in Nashville, Hannah never fails to deliver. Her artistry is honed by innumerable hours spent in the studio, taking advantage of every opportunity to perform (including countless shows for church, ministry, and benefits), with continued studies in all areas of music including voice, piano, and music theory.

Hannah’s strong work ethic is exceeded only by the strength of her character and the size of her heart. She inspires and engenders respect and admiration in all those lucky enough to know her. An immense talent as a performing artist, an excellent songwriter, an accomplished guitarist, a wonderful voice; all describe a young woman who is achieving her dreams and inspiring those around her to achieve theirs.

In January of 2007 a ten year old girl began studying guitar with me. Before the end of her first year of lessons she was working on classical guitar, playing advanced pieces on the electric guitar like “Sweet Child of Mine” and most importantly, beginning work in songwriting, theory, and composition that would remain the primary focus of her studies. For several years I had the pleasure of mentoring a most amazing talent and becoming friends with Hannah and her wonderful family. From the first I took her seriously and watched her do the same. The results have been spectacular but not surprising. She doesn’t just dream big, she works hard and gives her dreams legs.

Hannah, I love your music, I respect your abilities on guitar, and I enjoy your shows; but most importantly I admire and respect you. You can get no higher compliment from me.

Hannah Hall performing “Juliet” at The Door in Dallas Texas, battle of the bands 7-27-2013. With Luke on guitar and vocals, Sam on drums, Rachel on bass, and Sarah on keys.