Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble- Texas Flood 40th Anniversary 6-12

The authentic sawdust-on-the-floor, rough and tumble rhythm and blues that I discovered on a little white promo cassette labeled “Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble Texas Flood” was in stark contrast to other new music in Spring 1983 by U2, Talking Heads, and David Bowie that we were programming on ROCK 103/Memphis . When I heard the joyful shuffle of “Pride and Joy” by this Lone Star trio, I knew immediately that Stevie Ray Vaughan mined a deep vein of  music which ran under everything that had come from Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi, down to the Delta and west across Louisiana to East Texas, for a hundred years.

It takes a big cast to tell the origin story of Texas Flood from Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, so join drummer Chris Whipper Layton, Double Trouble bass player Tommy Shannon, bluesmaster Buddy Guy, singer/songwriter the late Doyle Bramhall, biographer Joe Nick Patoski, and my archival interview with the late Stevie Vaughan for the fortieth anniversary of Texas Flood the week of June 12. -Redbeard