Seth Walker's 10 Favorite Texas Blues Tunes


4. Albert Collins, "Don't Lose Your Cool"

The Iceman had his own style on that Telecaster: a mysterious tuning, a capo and a stabbing flurry of notes. This was one of the first tunes I covered when I moved to Austin.


3. "Change My Luck Blues," Blind Lemon Jefferson

One of the most influential Texas bluesmen. He made the guitar sound like a damn piano -- "Change My Luck" is a rhythmic, moaning plea of a track.


2. "Full Time Lover," Fabulous Thunderbirds

Jimmie Vaughan is a snake around the beat and the consummate modern Texas bluesman. His command of time is magic. When Jimmie plays, everything is suspended and then the notes start drop out of nowhere. He is a damn magician.


1. "Texas Flood," Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie is the reason I got into this beautiful madness. This slow blues single-handedly taught me how to feel music through my guitar. Stevie was an open channel of soul, and I learned so much by listening to "Texas Flood" over and over and over and over again. His live version on Live at the El Mocambo will send you flying. Impossibly great.


Seth Walker performs at 9:30 p.m. tonight at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk. Bonnie Bishop takes the early spot at 7 p.m.

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