Though not sanctioned by the estate of the late Texas guitar great Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lonestar: 1984-1989 is an informative and enjoyable documentary covering the bluesman's meteoric rise to fame, pummeling crash due to addiction & burnout, rising clean from the ashes, and tragic death in a helicopter crash. Interspersed with plenty of live concert footage, videos, as well as interviews with bandmates Reese Wynans, Chris Layton, and Tommy Shannon, friends, family, and industry journalists, you get a great sense of just who Stevie was and the enormous talents he possessed. Quite a bit of space is given to the guitarist's personal demons, including first hand accounts from producers and management, as well as interview segments with Ray Vaughan himself as he talks about the pains of drug & alcohol addiction, but just when the story takes a turn for the better as he finally got himself sober, of course that fateful night in Wisconsin after the Alpine Valley Music Festival is up next in the documentary, and the world was robbed of one of its great musical talents It doesn't end there however, as his posthumous releases are also given a look at as well, further cementing his legacy.
As an intriguing and emotional look back at the great Stevie Ray Vaughan, you really can't go wrong with this. Sexy Intellectual also released a part one in this series that includes his birth in 1954 through 1983.