"Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan:
Brothers in Blues"
Directed by music magazine writer and documentary filmmaker Kirby Warnock, Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan: Brothers In Blues examines the relationship between two of the most famous musicians to hail from Texas. A former writer and editor of the music magazine Buddy, Warnock not only covered guitar bluesmen Jimmie Vaughan and his younger brother Stevie Ray Vaughan before and after they achieved critical and commercial success but also lived in their hometown of Oak Cliff, outside of Dallas, for 37 years. His documentary examines the brotherly rivalry that allowed Jimmie Vaughan and Stevie Ray Vaughan to become the best versions of themselves on and off the stage. Warnock chronicles how the brothers both came to pick up the guitar; fell hard for the blues; moved to Austin after developing their own strong followings in and around Texas; enjoyed mainstream acceptance in the 1980s (Jimmie with the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray with Double Trouble); and battled their addictions. Warnock also focuses on the events leading up to and the aftermath of Stevie Ray Vaughan's tragic death in a 1990 helicopter crash, which resulted in Jimmie Vaughan putting on hold his solo career for more than two years. Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan: Brothers In Blues includes interviews with the Austin-based Jimmie Vaughan as well as many of his friends and collaborators, including Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, and Nile Rodgers, the producer of the Vaughan Brothers’ only joint recording, 1990’s Family Style. Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan: Brothers In Blues receives its local premiere at 8 p.m. March 22 at the Paramount Theatre, with Jimmie Vaughan in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan: Brothers In Blues is also available for digital and on-demand viewing beginning March 21. Kirby Warnock previously directed the documentary When Dallas Rock and wrote the documentaries Border Bandits and Return to ‘Giant.’
Aired: March 21, 2023.