SRV's 1982 Montreux appearance turned out to be the most important single show he ever played. David Bowie and Jackson Browne were in the audience that night, and both recognised Stevie's raw talent and limitless passion.
Jackson Browne offered Stevie the opportunity to record (free of charge) at his own studio and the resultant tapes became Texas Flood, Stevie's first studio album for Epic Records. David Bowie asked Stevie to play on his hugely successful Let's Dance album and tour.
n early 1982, Double Trouble played a show at the Continental Club in Austin, TX. Impressed by the show, legendary producer Jerry Wexler recommended the band play the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Booked to play at Montreux International Festival XVI on July 17, 1982, the band's appearance marked the first time that an unsigned act would appear at the prestigious event. Booked on an acoustic night, Double Trouble's performance was met by boos. Vaughan's high volume electric blues was not popular with the European crowd, who preferred a quieter, folk blues style.