Friday, May 29, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Tracy Anne Hart will be in conversation with Eric Tessmer.

It’s difficult to say anything about Stevie Ray Vaughan that hasn’t already been said. The skinny kid from Oak Cliff on the south side of Dallas who followed his older brother Jimmie in and out of local blues clubs and eventually to Austin would go on to establish himself as the finest guitar player of his generation, and perhaps the best of all time. Vaughan was truly a conduit for the symphony of the universe. The music that flowed through him endeared him to hordes of fans and won him near-divine status among guitarists. Vaughan continues to inspire and enthrall decades after his passing. 

What others have attempted to portray in prose, photographer Tracy Anne Hart has expressed in imagery. From 1983 until just before his death in 1990, Hart captured Vaughan as he summoned magic with his passion, his technique, his intensity, and his love and respect for the music. The result is a deeply felt visual portrait of Stevie Ray Vaughan that tells us almost  as much about the photographer behind the camera as it does about the musician in front. The endeavor of music photo photography is truly a collaborative process. Through Hart’s eyes and mind, readers will experience his genius in an entirely new way. 

Hart also provides a glimpse at Vaughan’s legacy, offering evidence of some of the next generation of guitarists who consider him a principal influence. Gary Clark Jr., Lukas Nelson, Ian Moore, Charlie Sexton, Nalle Colt of Vintage Trouble, and Eric Tessmer all integrate some of Stevie’s tone and feeling in their playing along with a large dose of respect. Witnessing that thread despite their divergent styles provides further proof that Vaughan’s lasting impact isn’t confined to the Blues, and it provides Hart with many fine opportunities to continue to pursue new and vibrant live music. The sum of her efforts comprises a work that offers a visual feast for guitar enthusiasts and music fans in Texas and beyond. Enjoy the photographs and remember  to listen to Stevie’s music as often and as loudly as possible!

Tracy Anne Hart, a professional photographer since 1981, is the owner of The Heights Gallery ( Her photographs of music legends—and particularly of Stevie Ray Vaughan—have been exhibited in galleries and are in private collections from Texas to Australia. Her work has graced album and DVD covers, billboards, international magazines, and other media.

Eric Tessmer is an Austin-based musician. His guitar skills built a worldwide following throughout his 20s on 6th Street and he regularly tours (pandemic allowing) internationally. In 2018 Tessmer was voted best guitarist in the Austin Chronicle. His latest album 'EP 2' was released in 2019 and his latest single 'Policy Of Truth' features Nancy Wilson of Heart and was released in March 2020. 

Seeing Stevie Ray (John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music, sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History, Texas State University) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623498139
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Texas A&M University Press - April 20th, 2020