“With those thicker strings he used, it was like he was in a battle, fighting them with his fingers”: How Stevie Ray Vaughan made Texas Flood

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble [L-R]: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon and Reese Wynans (Image credit: Clayton Call/Redferns)

In 1983, the guitar world changed forever with the release of Texas Flood, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's debut album and a wake up call for blues players everywhere.

Not since Jimi Hendrix had such a fully formed blues player made such an impact so quickly – SRV's tone and touch soon saw him tipped by the likes of Eric Clapton and David Bowie. Not bad for an album cut in two days.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).