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Monday, February 12, 2018

Austin police on Friday said they tracked down and charged a man they said vandalized Austin's iconic statue of blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan. Witnesses on Monday -- the day after the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl -- saw a man spray-painting the base of the statue and place an Eagles jersey over the monument on the south shore of Lady Bird Lake, police said. Passers-by also got the license plate number from the man's vehicle and called 911.




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Sacrilege, I tells ya.


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Dang carpetbaggers ain't got no respect.

#1 | Posted by et_al at 2018-02-10 11:21 PM | Reply

Lock him up!!

Stevie Ray Vaughan's 10 Greatest Guitar Moments


"Texas Flood" (Texas Flood)


#2 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-10 11:39 PM | Reply

I love how it's randomly Super Bowl related.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-11 12:06 AM | Reply

I was a fan until I saw him live. Coked-up mess. All flash, no substance. I prefer his older brother.

#4 | Posted by morris at 2018-02-11 12:40 AM | Reply

#4 - Vaughan's playing had "no substance" - really?

#5 | Posted by Foreigner at 2018-02-11 09:17 AM | Reply

The dude should've of simply fashioned a Foles jersey over the Vaughn statue and left it at that -- people probably would have applauded that over calling the cops.

#6 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-02-11 09:34 AM | Reply

I also think SRV's playing lacked substance.
Clapton as well, though he was good in Cream.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-11 01:18 PM | Reply

#7 tin ear

#8 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-02-11 01:37 PM | Reply

All though I think he butchered Taxman, but others disagree

#9 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-02-11 01:39 PM | Reply

with SRV, the whole somehow doesn't add up to more than the sum of the parts.
Maybe he's too genre-constrained, I dunno.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-11 01:47 PM | Reply



I agree but to throw Clapton in there. The man's done all sorts of things.

#11 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-02-11 02:27 PM | Reply

Clapton has been on-scene plying the craft for over 40 years. SRV for less than 10. Who knows where his craft would have gone but for his untimely death.

#12 | Posted by et_al at 2018-02-11 03:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Years ago my wife [before I met her in The Keys] was at a small bar in Austin where her dart tournament team was playing. Two guys came in, set up and started jamming. They were so good she took the time to go up to them during a break, talked to them and told them they were so good that they should try to get a recording out there. When she returned to here seat and told one of the girls on the team what she said and the girl slapped her up side her head and asked 'don't you know who that is' and went on to tell her that was Stevie Ray and his brother and they had a habit of dropping and jamming on occasion. Not being from Texas she was not 'up' on what he looked like. What was nice that she took away from the 'incident' was that Stevie and his brother were both real gentlemen and just thanked her for her 'advice' rather than put her down. She because a big fan after that evening which explains all his music she owned when we met and got together.

#13 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-02-12 02:47 PM | Reply

Shoot the son of a bitch.

#14 | Posted by squinch at 2018-02-12 05:53 PM | Reply

Most people don't realize Stevie Ray Vaughan's amazing guitar playing made this song:


#15 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-02-12 09:55 PM | Reply

#4 - Vaughan's playing had "no substance" - really?

#5 | Posted by Foreigner at 2018-02-11 09:17 AM

At the show I saw him, yes. Frankly, he kinda sucked. Dialed down my enthusiasm for him several levels and I was crazy/over the moon about him when the first record came out. I've only kept his first and his live record from Carnegie Hall. SRV in front of the Roomful of Blues horns is what got me back. Frankly, I'd rather listen to Albert King. THAT'S a guy that deserves statues.

#16 | Posted by morris at 2018-02-13 12:50 AM | Reply

And Clapton hasn't really been worth diddly since junk took the fire out of his playing. Seven or eight different recordings of "Further On Up The Road" is just lazy. Learn another shuffle, Eric.

#17 | Posted by morris at 2018-02-13 12:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Frankly, I'd rather listen to Albert King.

Well there's this.

Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan - Blues Jam Session

#18 | Posted by et_al at 2018-02-13 04:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If you look at the history of music in Texas, you will see the locals can hold their own with anyone, anywhere. It isn't just outlaw country. Elvis cut his teeth here, Buddy Holly started here, Janis Joplin,ETC. The list is long and that is just rock and roll.

#19 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-02-13 11:47 AM | Reply

I don't like the Eagles; especially that Don Henley fella - he seems like a real jerk.

#20 | Posted by uncle_meat at 2018-02-13 05:51 PM | Reply

Lets not forget Albert Lee (British born), Roy Orbison, Don Henley, and that jazzy redneck Charlie Daniels. Amazing artists who considered backward Texas their home.





#21 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-02-13 06:09 PM | Reply

The Sir Douglas Quintet... who a lot of people thought were a British Invasion group, are from Texas.


Doug Sahm - She's About A Mover (Live From Austin TX)


#22 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-13 06:14 PM | Reply

In Texas, there are a few monuments to politicians, but there are more to musicians. I think the state does have some of their priorities correct. See y'all at the Bob Wills days in Turkey Texas.

#23 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-02-14 06:29 AM | Reply

Always enjoyed SRV and that genra of music.

The fact the SRV and I were born on the exact same day made him more interesting to me.

#24 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-02-14 08:16 AM | Reply

ZZTop, Meatloaf, Asleep at the Wheel, Kinky Freedman and the Texas ------- and even John Denver(Johnny Dusseldorf). Yea, Texas has a little music worth hearing.

#25 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-02-15 10:00 AM | Reply

Willie Nelson should not be forgotten either. Still Texas is the big, stupid, State, like Utah, controlled by rich, selfish, ignorant, Republicans. How is it Willie beats possession of a pound of marijuana but a black man with an ounce goes to prison for years? Like we don't know the answer to that.

#26 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-02-15 10:13 AM | Reply

#26 | Posted by bayviking I guess we are backwards because we expect able bodied men and women to support themselves. Ignorant because we don't have an income tax. Rich because we actually think it is a good thing that people can make and keep their own money. Republican because we had over a century of Democrat rule. So how are things in Michigan? Heard jobs are pretty scarce, taxes are high as a cat's back and welfare is the best option in town plus it is cold as hell. So which is the stupid state? BTW, no one has gone to prison for simple possession of pot in many decades.

#27 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-02-15 12:09 PM | Reply

There are 116 people in Texas serving life sentences in prison for drug possession, and seven of them were in possession of only 1 to 4 grams, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch.


someone is arrested every 25 seconds for possessing drugs for personal use -- more than 1.25 million arrests each year. At least 137,000 people are incarcerated in the U.S. for drug possession on any given day, about 48,000 in state prisons and 89,000 in jails.

A report analyzes drug crime data across the nation, but it focuses on four states: Texas, Florida, Louisiana and New York. The report focuses on Texas because of extensive concerns around its pretrial detention and jail system, its statutory classification of felony possession by weight, and its relatively softer treatment of marijuana possession as compared to other drugs.

One reason there are so many people in Texas with life sentences for drug possession is that the state has habitual-offender laws. In Texas, a person with two previous felony convictions for drug possession faces 25 years to life in prison for possession of 1 to 4 grams of drugs, about the weight of a standard sugar packet.

The racism in these policies are obvious from any casual count. But it appears you are right about marijuana.

#28 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-02-15 12:25 PM | Reply

#28 | Posted by bayviking, yep, the great state of Texas has a habitual offender statute. That is a good thing. We are talking about idiots who have already been in prison twice. Convicts call it the big bitch. None of these fools got busted for a little weed, most pea bargained a distribution charge down to possession charge in hopes that they would not get another felony conviction. We had a looser,(chronic alcoholic) who was convicted twice for passing bad checks, then had the bright ideal of robbing a liqueur store with a toy gun. He is a guest of the state for now on. Come on, how stupid do you have to be to be convicted and sent to prison twice, and not stay away from criminal activity? Some people do not need to be in public. Stupidity on this level is not forgivable.

#29 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-02-15 12:43 PM | Reply

As far as being racist, the unfortunate fact is black men commit felonies five times as often as white people, and Hispanic men commit felonies at between two and three times that of whites. Illegal aliens commit about nine times the crime than natives. Prison populations reflect this reality. We also have a color preference in sentencing, and that color is green. People with money can afford good lawyers, just like where ever you are. .

#30 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-02-15 01:31 PM | Reply

25 | Posted by docnjo The Texas ------- is prohibited? Hell, that was the self appointed name of that group of musicians. Anyway, my favorite liberal in Texas has to be Kinkey Freeman, he ran for Governor and I am proud to say I voted for him in the primaries. He is reasonable and funny as hell. We seldom have elected officials who can laugh at themselves or insane situations. And there are freakishly insane situations in Texas fairly often.

#31 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-02-15 01:45 PM | Reply

#31 | Posted by docnjo, I will correct myself, His last name is spelt Friedman,and I voted for him in the general election and the group's name is a play on "Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys", Kinkey is a well know humorist, satirist and author as well as being a pretty good musician.

#32 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-02-15 02:32 PM | Reply

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