king of texas blues


Stevie Ray Vaughan:  He’s a hero, a legend and a much-loved musician here in Texas.  And on Tuesday morning Son #1, the Funny Grandson and I went to the “Pride & Joy: the Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan” at the Bullock Museum.


The Bullock Texas State History Museum, on 1800 N. Congress in Austin, is right downtown, at the edge of the campus and near the State Capitol.  It’s huge!  And we love going there.  Over the years it’s become a “must visit” spot every time we’re here in  Austin.

To read about the exhibit:


The iconic guitar.

FG playing along:


Trying out some Stevie Ray Vaughan songs:

IMG_2537There was also a “make a guitar” workshop for children, which taught the little ones about vibrations and sound.  FG was fascinated.

IMG_2526There was an exhibit for “Grandma”, too!  It was all about the “concert experience” and had footage and photos from famous concerts, including the Newport Folk Festival, Woodstock and Austin City Limits.  FG could have watched the films of the rock concerts for hours.



Muddy Waters’ guitar from the 1967 Newport Folk Festival, plus other memorabilia.

Check this out.  I was there!!


I don’t think the Funny Grandson had any idea what I was exclaiming over, but my sons have always been impressed that I was actually present at a historical event.

It might be the only really cool thing I’ve ever done, historically speaking.

Even meeting  Willie Nelson in an elevator in Las Vegas isn’t as big as the Dylan performance in Newport.  My two friends and I (aged 14) played our guitars and sang for our fellow ferry passengers on the trip home.

So.  Much.  Fun.

We also saw a 16-minute documentary about Texas history, but that’s another story.  I will tell you I screamed.  Loudly.  Because the theater seats were rigged to simulate rattlesnakes.

Yes, they were.

Oh, those Texans think they are so funny!


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2 Responses to king of texas blues

  1. Ellie says:

    WOW! What an awesome day in Austin!! How very special to share this music museum experience with your son#1 and Funny Grandson. I think the rattlesnake theater would be something to pass on but I bet FG loved hearing you scream! Keep on making those memories💖

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