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Five Texas Bluesmen Who Paved The Way For Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan synthesized many influences, from Albert King to T-Bone Walker, to get his unique guitar style.
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Stevie Ray Vaughan synthesized many influences, from Albert King to T-Bone Walker, to get his unique guitar style.

When blues guitarist and vocalist Stevie Ray Vaughan released Texas Flood in 1983, he introduced Texas blues to a much broader audience than it had previously known. His impact was great enough that even today, 21 years after his death, if you ask a music lover to name a Texas blues guitarist, he or she will probably reply, "Stevie Ray Vaughan."

But, like many great musicians, Vaughan was not sui generis. He synthesized his unique style by combining a huge number of influences from Albert King and Johnny "Guitar" Watson to Lonnie Mack and Kenny Burrell. That being the case, here's a list of five Texas bluesmen (out of many) who, in addition to creating their own great legacies, paved the way for Vaughan to create a great legacy of his own.

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Nick Morrison