With his astonishingly accomplished guitar playing, Stevie Ray Vaughan ignited the blues revival of the 1980s. He bridged the gap between blues and rock like no other artist had since the 60s with his uniquely eclectic and fiery style. From 1983 to 1990 SRV was the leading light in American blues, consistently selling out concerts while his albums went gold. His tragic death in 1990 at the age of 35 cut short a brilliant career as he was on the brink of superstardom.
Harley Hamm pays homage to the legendary musician, Stevie Ray Vaughan, featuring the life, the times and the music of this Texas legend.
Harley is the definition of a showman. At the recent Woodstock Tribute Show at The Roxy Theater in Muskogee, he left the stage to swagger up and down the aisles in the middle of his performance. With the fringe swinging on his leather jacket and the ostrich feather bobbing in his hat, he leaned in close to wink at women in the audience, all without dropping a single not on his cordless electric guitar.
SRV had a significant influence on Harley's life since his childhood. "I liked the way he played, the way he dressed and sang," Hamm said. "Growing up in my music career, people were always telling me that I reminded them of him. And I can emulate him pretty close in my playing." Hamm said his Vaughan impersonation started off in 2009 as a Halloween performance at Lola's at the Bowery in Tulsa. "There was a booking agent in the crowd who said I ought to think about doing it professionally," Hamm said. "He said, 'I feel like I'm watching Stevie Ray Vaughan.' So I pursued it and have been doing it ever since."