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Texas Flood

Stevie Ray Vaughan

1983

In Stevie Ray Vaughan's all too short career he only released a handful of albums, his best being his debut, Texas Flood.  Simply put, you're not going to find a better electric-blues album out there.  I have tried.  I've searched through the back catalog of blues legends like Buddy Guy and BB King, I've looked high, I've looked low.  It doesn't get any better than Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Texas Flood in particular.  It goes without saying that SRV was an incredibly gifted guitar player.  He did things with the guitar that hadn't been done since Hendrix.  At some points on Texas Flood, SRV excels, dare I say, beyond Hendrix.  Granted they had different styles, Jimi was more on the psychadelic side, whereas SRV was firmly entrenched in blues music.  And because of that, you get a lot more raw emotion in SRV's guitar playing.  You can feel it in your bones, in your heart, and in your soul.  That's what made so SRV special: his ability to channel such raw emotion and passion through his instrument.  Take the incredibly beautiful instrumental "Lenny" for example.  That song has no lyrics, and it doesn't need any.  SRV takes you someplace with that song, makes you feel things that most traditional songs would have no hope of conveying emotionally.  That's the kind of passion and love SRV could make you feel just with this guitar doing the talking.  And that's why SRV will live on forever as a legend.  His spirit lives on through his music, and always will. 

R.I.P. SRV.

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