The 10 Texas Blues Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
3. ZZ Top - Tres Hombres (1973)
This just wouldn't be a Texas list without this band of outlaws in the top three. These bearded rockers have been inspiring guitarslingers for decades. Billy Gibbons makes his guitar growl as Dusty Hill and Frank Beard provide a blues rhythm that creates a true Texas blues sound. The band has 11 gold records, seven platinum and 13 multi-platinum records. "Jesus Just Left Chicago" and "La Grange" are staples of backroading in North Texas. This is the band's third studio album.
2. Blind Willie Johnson - Complete Recordings (1993, compilation)
This bottleneck guitar player channeled the Delta blues like a medium compelling spirits to sing. As the glass slides across his guitar's strings. Blind Willie Johnson's distinctive voice resonates his mournful lyrics. He was a preacher whose sermons were the blues. This compilation includes "It's Nobody's Fault But Mine" and "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground," both hymns that are sure to inspire.
1. Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood (1983)
No other guitarist has ever channeled the blues quite like this Oak Cliff native. Stevie Ray Vaughan ignited the electric guitar like no other blues player. Stroking, bending, squeezing each note until it moaned the blues, this guitarslinger was a legend who inspired the legends -- Eric Clapton, Albert Collins, B.B. King. Stevie's guitar playing was otherworldly and no other album or song exhibits his skill like Texas Flood. There will never be another blues guitar player like him. He's truly a Texas hero.