I had to take some blues. There was a lot of coin tossing going on in the decision (Started out with a truckload of choices). It got down to BB King’s ‘Live In Cook County Jail” and this one, ‘Texas Flood’.
What a debut! Rockin blues
Right off the bat, some wicked licks, great vocals to boot. The whole vibe got my attention. I guess it was the rocker in me that took it. Vaughn had the goods. The first cut had me the second cut and I knew I was onto something special. My ear and my whole skeletal structure was doing the shimmy.
This is the whole package to me. Out of this world guitar, cool vocals and lyrics that fit. Plus it rocks. This music is a good kick in the ass. Old meets new take. Stevie and DT slow it down even more for the 3rd take. No going through the motions here. He puts everything into both the singing and playing. No holding back. He goes to town on this one. What a great blues.
There is something special going on in this record. Fuck trends, lets play the music we want and that moves us. That’s what SVR and the boys did. He rips it up and lays it down all over the record. I love guitar especially in the hands of someone like Steve. If you got flash, use it. Not only is his playing out of this world, he’s playing music that I dig. So I win.
I’ll leave his technical prowess to you players. Sounds to CB that he more than knows how “to play that thang”. Even on a little ditty like ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ he makes it his own. Not just the guitar but the vocals as well. He’s not all fire and brimstone. He lays down some very tasty jazz and slow blues on a few cuts.
I like all Vaughn’s work. It all sounds good to me. But this debut came out of the pits ready to go. He burns it up. This stuff never gets old for CB. I think I’ll go play some ‘Dirty Pool’