Sunday, April 19, 2015

2015 Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame - Blues Roundup

As discussed previously, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band were inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame yesterday.

For SRV, John Mayer inducted him, saying:

“I’m a Stevie Ray Vaughan wannabe,” he concluded, “because I wanted to be Stevie and I still want to be Stevie. And if you ever pick up a guitar, is there anybody better to want to be than Stevie Ray Vaughan?” 

SRV's brother Jimmie accepted the award and said:

Stevie Ray Vaughan was my little brother,” he began. “I know he would want to thank the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but most of all, he’d want to thank his fans, all 18 million of them, that voted for him to get in here. He would be so proud and so would my mother and father.” 

After that, John Mayer, Jimmie Vaughan, and Gary Clark Jr. performed 'Six String Down', which is a song Jimmie wrote in tibute to his brother.

As for The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Peter Wolf inducted them, and said:

"The Paul Butterfield Blues Band brought something different to the genre, and they kicked down the door, and showed others how to really do it real differently."

The surviving members, including keyboardist Mark Naftalin, guitarist Elvin Bishop and drummer Sam Lay as well as the late Butterfield’s sons, spoke after the induction. Naftalin said: “It’s an honor and a privilege to be part of something historical.” 

Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Zak Brown performed Butterfield's "I Was Born Chicago":

And the surviving band members performed Muddy Waters' 'I Got My Mojo Working" which was on their seminal self-titles album.

It was a good night and big exposure to some of the best bluesmen of our time.

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