(2003 'Backbeat Books') Paperback.
"We are left with this legacy — and left to wonder how much more this guitar genius might have accomplished."
JOHN SWENSON, ROLLING STONE
The 'roadhouse' is an American institution — the little bar on the edge of town that comes alive when the sun goes down, where the music drives the locals to their feet, and keeps them rocking till
they drop. No-nonsense, back-to-basic roots music, mixing blues, country, R&B, soul and down-and-dirty rock'n'roll.
Texas is the honorary home of roadhouse music, and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan its uncrowned king. He arrived in a blaze of guitar glory in the early 1980s, following hot on the trail of his Texas forebears — from electric guitar pioneers like Eddie Durham and Charlie Christian to blues legends like T-Bone Walker, Freddie King, Albert Collins, even his own big brother Jimmie — but by 1990 Stevie Ray
was gone, snatched away in a freak accident, leaving friends, fellow players and countless fans to ponder what he might have done next.
More than just a biography and musical exploration of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Roadhouse Blues tells the stories of the great Texan musicians that came before him and influenced him so deeply. It puts in context Stevie Ray's rise to fame —including the part played in his life by his family, his friends, his heroes, like Jimi Hendrix, and his addiction to drink and drugs — as well as the lasting impact that his brief but turbulent life and work had on his contemporaries, and on later generations of blues fans and guitar players.