Austin musicians remember Stevie Ray after Hall of Fame honor

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin music lovers are celebrating tonight after word that Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble will get inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This year, more than 18 million people voted for that to happen.

Fans say Stevie Ray had a sound like no one else.

“There’s a lot of people that want to sound like him, but they don’t quite get there,” said Eve Monsees, co-owner of Antone’s Records. “He’s definitely created a sound that is his sound and instantly recognizable.”

A musician herself, Monsees was influenced by his music growing up.

“He was the first guy who introduced me to blues music,” she remembers. “I heard things through his records that made me want to go and see, where’d he get that from, oh that’s a Howlin’ Wolf song, who’s that?”

“I met Stevie back in the mid-70s when he was playing with Paul Ray & the Cobras,” said Mike Buck, another co-owner of Antone’s Records. “We always knew he was great and had a lot of talent. The general public wasn’t realizing it at that time. Sometimes there would just be 10 people to see him.”

It wouldn’t be long until Stevie Ray’s music was making waves around the world.

“Just his soul and enthusiasm. You can tell he loved what he did, had a great passion for it, and it showed in his music,” said Buck. “He left us way too soon of course, what can I say, but I’m glad people remember him. I’ll never forget him.”

“I could travel all over the world and people come up to me that are 65-years-old to 6-years-old and say he’s my favorite, I have all your records!” said Chris Layton, drummer of Double Trouble. “He’s with me today, always with me.”

Vaughan will join Lou Reed, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Withers, Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Green Day in the 2015 class. Ringo Starr will also be honored with an award for musical excellence. The induction ceremony will be at Cleveland’s Public Hall in April.

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