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Double Trouble was the rhythm section for influential bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan, with Chris Layton on drums and Tommy Shannon on bass.

In 1978, Vaughan and singer Lou Ann Barton were both in a band called "Triple Threat", when they left to form their own band with bassist Jackie Newhouse, and drummer Chris Layton. The group's name comes from an Otis Rush song but originally referred as much to the double strengths of Vaughn and Barton's powerful singing. Barton toured with the band in 1978 and 1979. During this period, Vaughn would often announce the four member's names, following with "And we're 'Double Trouble'", but when Barton left the band, the unit was most often referred to as "Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble", with the two-piece rhythm section becoming the 'Double Trouble'.[1]

Newhouse was replaced by Tommy Shannon in 1980, and he and Vaughan played together until Vaughan's death in 1990.

Layton and Shannon then helped form two "semi-supergroups" in Austin, Arc Angels and Storyville in the 1990s, and worked with W.C. Clark, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Doyle Bramhall before releasing an album under their own name, entitled Been a Long Time, on Tone-Cool Records in 2001. This album featured appearances from Doyle Bramhall, Lou Ann Barton, Reese Wynans, Jonny Lang, Willie Nelson, Dr. John, and Jimmie Vaughan. The album hit #1 on the U.S. Blues charts and peaked at #126 on the Billboard 200.[2]

Double Trouble later worked as the rhythm section for Jimmy D. Lane, and they play on his most recent CD "It's Time" (2004). They play on two albums by Brazilian blues guitarist Nuno Mindelis, and also toured with Joe Bonamassa.

Discography

With Stevie Ray Vaughan
see: Stevie Ray Vaughan#Discography
After Vaughan's Death
  • Been a Long Time (2001)

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