Early Stevie Ray Vaughan Tears It Up at the First Tornado Jam in May 1980 — Video

by Damian Fanelli
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at 11:37am

Yesterday, the good folks over at Legacy Recordings posted some unbelievably rare footage of a young Stevie Ray Vaughan in action with Double Trouble.

Head to the bottom of this story to see a 25-year-old Vaughan perform May 11, 1980, at the first Tornado Jam in Lubbock, Texas, an outdoor event.

The incredible six-minute-long clip starts off with the mid-section of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing." Then, at 1:01, we get a decent look at SRV's 1980 amps. At 1:13, as the cameraman focuses on a bikini-clad fan standing in the front row (it's a female, thankfully), Vaughan starts to introduce Double Trouble; that's Jackie Newhouse on bass and Chris Layton on drums, by the way.

After Stevie takes a quick break backstage (clearly visible to the crown), he grabs his Strat and launches into a smoldering set that the Lubbock fans simply can't seem to get enough of.

Not to state the obvious, but it's very rewarding, fun, cool (include your own adjectives here), etc. to see SRV, a native Texan, perform in front of an appreciative Texas crowd—back when he was still a locally known yet rising star.

Check out this early footage of Stevie Ray Vaughan at the first Tornado Jam in Lubbock, Texas on May 11, 1980! Were you there??

Posted by Legacy Recordings on Monday, January 4, 2016

Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado. His New York-based band, the Blue Meanies, has toured the world and elsewhere. Fanelli, a former member of Brooklyn jump-blues/swing/rockabilly band the Gas House Gorillas and New York City instrumental surf-rock band Mister Neutron, also composes and records film soundtracks. He writes GuitarWorld.com's The Next Bend column, which is dedicated to B-bender guitars and guitarists. His latest liner notes can be found in Sony/Legacy's Stevie Ray Vaughan: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.