Straight Outta Texas Like a Tornado -- Lone Star Rock and Blues

Dec 2, 2019

Promotional photo of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. Left to right: Chris Layton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tommy Shannon.
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On this episode of the B-Sides with Bolin and Blumberg, we take a deep dive into blues and rock from the great state of Texas. The music comes from Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Houston. And while you've likely heard most of the artists, it's always nice to hear from everybody in one hour.

We start with one of the most popular bands from the Lone Star State -- Asleep at the Wheel. They put their spin on an old Eric Clapton song, Lay Down Sally.

Next we have one of the best Texas guitarists you may never of heard. Marc Benno started up in the Dallas area playing with Stevie Ray Vaughn before moving to Austin with SRV.

Next comes Delbert McClinton, hailing from Fort Worth, and with two new albums to his credit. On the program, we highlight those new cuts, Don't Do It, off of his Prick of the Litter album.

From Beaumont (near Houston), we showcase his work as a solo artist and his time fronting Johnny Winter And, which co-stars Rick Derringer.

From Austin the rousing blues band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds plays a cut from their first disc, Girls Go Wild. The group is best known for singer and harpist, Kim Wilson and Jimmy Vaughn, older brother of Stevie Ray. SRV comes next with the first song off his first album, Love Struck Baby.

We're off now to San Antonio for some blues from one of the greatest stars of Texas music. -- Doug Sahm. This is same guy who fronted The Sir Douglas Quintet back in the 60's and 70's. After that he split his time between Austin and Vancouver British Columbia. Some great live blues cuts 

are here for your enjoyment.

Last but certainly not least is ZZ Top who started out in La Grange, which is halfway between Austin and Houston. Still going strong, the band does two numbers including, Jesus Just Left Chicago.

So kick off your boots and be prepared to hear just some of the ways Texas has been a hotbed for great rock and blues -- only here on the place for the coolest music anywhere, Siouxland Public Media.