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Yesterday marked 28 years since Stevie Ray Vaughan’s untimely death. I meant to upload this yesterday, then thought maybe I should do a second take and clean it up a little. This morning I listened back to it and decided to keep it, warts and all. It’s a little rough in spots but the feeling is there I think. I was in junior high school when I first heard SRV’s “Pride and Joy” on the radio. I grew up sharing a room with my older brother listening to his collection of classic albums from bands like Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Cream, and early Rush, so blues influenced rock wasn’t necessarily a brand new thing to my ears, but the radio stations and most of my friends were certainly more into 80s pop and arena rock. When that opening guitar lick from Stevie’s Fender strat ripped through my little boom box speaker it was a breath of fresh air. Up till then I’d been strictly interested in drums, but Stevie’s fire and passion sparked my interest in guitar and later caused me to dive headfirst into the blues and earlier heroes like Lightnin’ Hopkins, Freddie, BB, and Albert King. Albert Collins, and more. Like many guitar pickers in Texas, I’ve played this song hundreds of times, but it really never grows old for me. Lots of people talk about Stevie’s fleet fingered left hand, but for me the real mojo has always been that fiery rhythmic onslaught from his right picking hand. I don’t know that I’ll ever do his music justice, but I sure enjoy trying!