Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

One day in 1983 I was driving along and listening to the radio when suddenly this absolutely incredible guitar playing demanded my undivided attention, so I wisely pulled over to the side of the road and experienced the majesty of Stevie Ray Vaughan for the first time. The song was Pride And Joy, and I was hooked…and literally blown away by the passion and command the man obviously had on that Stratocaster. Texas Flood was recorded in basically 2 days with no overdubs, just a 3 piece band playing blues with heart and soul and nearly telepathic communication. Stevie pretty much ushered in a new golden age of the blues in a revival of the purely American art form throughout the rest of the decade. In addition to Pride And Joy and the scorching title track, there were several incendiary instrumentals (including the sublimely beautiful Lenny). I knew upon first hearing Stevie Ray that he was something special. Like so many legends before him, he didn’t get a lot of time to make his mark, but he sure made it count every time he picked up a guitar. One of my big regrets is never getting the chance to see him live. I always figured there would be a next time…until there wasn’t one.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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