Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan

An instant New York Times bestseller!The first definitive biography of guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, with an epilogue by Jimmie Vaughan, and foreword and afterword by Double Trouble’s Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon.Just a few years after he almost died from a severe addiction to cocaine and alcohol, a clean and sober Stevie Ray Vaughan was riding high. His last album was his most/>The/>...

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  • Dave

    "Well you've heard about love givin' sight to the blind

    My baby's lovin' cause the sun to shine

    She's my sweet little thing, she's my pride and joy

    She's my sweet little baby, I'm her little lover boy

    Yeah I love my baby, my heart and soul

    Love like ours won't never grow old

    She's my sweet little thing, she's my pride and joy

    She's my sweet little baby, I'm her little lover boy

    Yeah I love my baby, she's long and lean

    You mess with her, you'll see a m

    "Well you've heard about love givin' sight to the blind

    My baby's lovin' cause the sun to shine

    She's my sweet little thing, she's my pride and joy

    She's my sweet little baby, I'm her little lover boy

    Yeah I love my baby, my heart and soul

    Love like ours won't never grow old

    She's my sweet little thing, she's my pride and joy

    She's my sweet little baby, I'm her little lover boy

    Yeah I love my baby, she's long and lean

    You mess with her, you'll see a man gettin' mean

    She's my sweet little thing, she's my pride and joy

    She's my sweet little baby, I'm her little lover boy

    Well I love my baby like the finest wine

    Stick with her until the end of time

    She's my sweet little thing, she's my pride and joy

    She's my sweet little baby, I'm her little lover boy"

    By Stevie Ray Vaughan.

    I discovered the magic of Stevie Ray about the same time in 1983 as the rest of America when he rose to fame on the strength of his soloing on Bowie's Let's Dance and the release of Texas Flood with its raw excitement. He was the King of the Texas Blues, and he was a rocket 🚀 that fell out of the sky - literally- before reaching his full height. He joined Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman and so many others whose immeasurable talent vanished in a moment.

    Texas Flood is Stevie's story, told through the eyes of those who knew him best, narrative interspersed with interviews of friends, family, and bandmates. It captures his childhood when he focused on nothing but guitars. He was the young skinny kid who could play like nobody's business and nothing much else mattered to him. Surprisingly, it was his older brother, Jimmie, who became famous first and in whose shadow young Stevie dwelled. It also wasn't till, his late twenties that Stevie caught on big. Till then he trucked from gig to gig, living out of someone's van. His early music years included highlights in great blues clubs but getting booed as an opening act. He paid his dues for years.

    Even becoming known didn't lead to success financially as the band was poorly managed, and the record companies weren't really into promoting a blues act. And, much of the cash went into drugs and alcohol that consumed everything. Eventually, he surprised the world by going cold stone sober for four years until his demise.

    This book offers the positive and the negative, a well-rounded portrait that offers so much detail many of us fans weren't aware of. Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.

  • Robin Reed

    Absolutely wonderful story of a guitar legend, told by the ones that knew him best. Being born and raised in Austin Texas, SRV was a household name - we loved him because he inspired the community through music and brought us all together. I was only 16 when he died and all of Austin (which was so small at the time) grieved their friend and neighbor. He was like NO other and we missed him. Thank you SO much for telling his final story and giving us joy into this passionate artist. ~Robin

  • Julie

    Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughn by Alan Paul is a 2019 St. Martin’s Press publication.

    This book made me feel like I’d been invited to a memorial service for Stevie, with everyone who knew and loved him, either personally or professionally gathered around sharing intimate memories of Stevie’s life from their own unique perspective.

    I remember when Stevie died, perhaps more vividly than I might have because of a death in my own family just days before. Despite my personal grief, I was still in

    Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughn by Alan Paul is a 2019 St. Martin’s Press publication.

    This book made me feel like I’d been invited to a memorial service for Stevie, with everyone who knew and loved him, either personally or professionally gathered around sharing intimate memories of Stevie’s life from their own unique perspective.

    I remember when Stevie died, perhaps more vividly than I might have because of a death in my own family just days before. Despite my personal grief, I was still in utter shock and disbelief. Yet, it would be years down the road before I was able to truly absorb the magnitude of his loss and the incredible void he left in the world of music.

    This book is not written in the traditional biographical format. The presentation is unique, a compilation of interviews, reflections, and recollections.

    I loved it!! Memories are so subjective. Sometimes people remembered events differently or had differences of opinion.

    That gave the book a realistic quality and made me feel as though nothing was being glossed over or sugarcoated or left out, because at the end of the day we all experience events in different ways. Anything too pat, might be circumspect. This material came straight from the mouths of the participants. Their words were pure, unedited with no way to put a spin on it.

    I think it is the unique layout of the book that gives it such a personal and emotional atmosphere. I admired the way the author assembled the information, letting those who were there, tell the story chronologically. Using this unconventional approach took some extreme organizational skills, and the author pulled it off quite nicely.

    Over the years, the little details of Stevie’s life have slipped from my consciousness. This book brought back a few memories for me, not just musically, but geographically, since Stevie was a home- grown talent. There are so many talented blues artists, so many guitar heroes out there, but no one could touch Stevie Ray Vaughn. The guy was electrifying. It wasn’t just his skill- There was an aura around him, a presence, that spilled over his live performances casting a spell over his awed audience.

    I miss Stevie a lot. I often wonder just how far he would have traveled musically and personally, as well. His life was clicking into place, coming together on all fronts. He was blazing hot with nowhere else to go but up. His death was a tragedy of epic proportions, only made worse by the knowledge that it was preventable. Hearing the various artists reflect on that fateful decision reiterates the senselessness of it, only compounding the loss even more.

    In some ways, though, this book was cathartic for me. I never really got to grieve this loss has I have other artists who left an indelible mark on me. I enjoyed hearing these heartfelt, humorous, honest, harrowing, poignant, and inspirational stories about Stevie, learning a few details about his career I didn’t know, or had forgotten about over time. But mostly this book was a reminder of what a great talent Stevie was and how grateful I am for the influence he had on me and my great love affair with pure blues.

    The sky is still crying….

  • Tim

    TEXAS FLOOD by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort is a phenomenal biography of Stevie Ray Vaughan that hits on every level, including interviews with those closest to him, and especially his brother Jimmie, Stevie’s biggest inspiration and original guitar hero.

    Alan Paul is the author of the well respected biography of the Allman Brothers, “One Way Out”, & Andy Aledort is a fine guitarist with a wealth of h

    TEXAS FLOOD by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort is a phenomenal biography of Stevie Ray Vaughan that hits on every level, including interviews with those closest to him, and especially his brother Jimmie, Stevie’s biggest inspiration and original guitar hero.

    Alan Paul is the author of the well respected biography of the Allman Brothers, “One Way Out”, & Andy Aledort is a fine guitarist with a wealth of historical knowledge of all of the famous blues and rock guitarists of the 60’s and 70’s, and is also valuable source of information on Stevie Ray Vaughan, of course.

    Interviews with an extensive list of those with inside knowledge into the life of both Jimmie and Stevie, as well as a wealth of information provided by Double Trouble (Shannon, Layton, & Wynans), and of course brother Jimmie (and others) makes this the best book that I’ve seen to date on the life of the late great guitarist.

    Andy Aledort has always been one of my favorite guitar instructors in both video and tablature, and his articles in guitar magazines have always been among my favorites with his knowledge of the instrument, playing styles, and focus on the important players that have shaped blues & rock guitar throughout history. His knowledge makes this book a special treat for guitarists interested in all aspects of Stevie’s techniques, influences, equipment, and everything that went into making him the legend that he is.

    Highly recommended for all Stevie Ray Vaughan fans, but especially for guitarists.

    5 stars.

  • P.e. lolo

    First, let me say that I am a fan of his music and I still listen to his music and his brothers who just came out with a new CD. I liked this book in that I felt everyone associated with were honest in their stories about Stevie Ray Vaughn. The people around him management wise and the members of his band. They were honest about the drug and alcohol abuse and how he almost died before he got help. Hearing these stories were just sad. I really enjoyed this book even though I knew that at the end

    First, let me say that I am a fan of his music and I still listen to his music and his brothers who just came out with a new CD. I liked this book in that I felt everyone associated with were honest in their stories about Stevie Ray Vaughn. The people around him management wise and the members of his band. They were honest about the drug and alcohol abuse and how he almost died before he got help. Hearing these stories were just sad. I really enjoyed this book even though I knew that at the end he was going to parish in that helicopter crash. To think that he was finally sober and his last album was probably some of his best work. It is a wonder to think what or where he could have gone. It is hard for me to put into words what I felt reading this book since I am a huge blues fan still listening to the blues. I still hear Reese Wynans since he plays keyboards for Joe Bonamassa and he also came out with his own album a month ago. The parts I really liked were the ones by his brother Jimmy and from the band members. For me, this was an outstanding book from beginning to end and there are a few interviews with Stevie taken from various interviews he did which add to the story. Overall a very good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at

  • J.K. Grice

    "The blues had a baby and they named it rock and roll..."

    ~ Muddy Waters

    Never was a quote more true or more appropriate than when applied to music and to the legendary guitar playing of Stevie Ray Vaughn (SRV). Forty years ago, blues and rock and roll were seen by purists as being in two different camps. There really had always been a connection, but many people wanted to keep the blues more traditional and untainted by outside forces. SRV was possibly the first musician to really br

    "The blues had a baby and they named it rock and roll..."

    ~ Muddy Waters

    Never was a quote more true or more appropriate than when applied to music and to the legendary guitar playing of Stevie Ray Vaughn (SRV). Forty years ago, blues and rock and roll were seen by purists as being in two different camps. There really had always been a connection, but many people wanted to keep the blues more traditional and untainted by outside forces. SRV was possibly the first musician to really bridge the gap between the blues and rock and roll. In today's world, it is common to see dozens and dozens of "rockin' blues" style bands playing to enthusiastic crowds all over the world. It's really a perfect amalgamation, but that was not always the case, especially when SRV was breaking into the Austin music scene in the 1970's.

    In TEXAS FLOOD, coauthors Alan Paul & Andy Aledort do a superb job of chronicling the life and music of maybe the greatest guitar slinger of all time, Stevie Ray Vaughn. One reason is that they are both musicians and members of bands themselves. Aledort actually knew Stevie and interviewed him twice. So in this biography, we are treated to all kinds of insightful experiences from Stevie's friends, family, bandmates, and other great guitarists. I felt these writers and the structure of the book provided such great credibility and authenticity to the story of the brief, but glorious career of SRV.

    In the 1980's, I was a huge fan of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and loved Kim Wilson the lead singer and harp player. I didn't know until much later that the band was formed by SRV's brother, Jimmie Vaughn. Jimmie is a Texas guitar legend in his own rite and followed the path of a more true blues musician. It was also in the late 80's that I finally discovered Stevie Ray Vaughn. I can't even recall how I came across this amazing man, but I bought a cassette of his album IN STEP, which was his last recording with his band Double Trouble. I played that tape over and over again in my new 1988 Dodge Daytona turbo and cranked it up! I couldn't wait for the next SRV release and was eager to see how high this guy's career was going to fly.

    What hit home with me when I read TEXAS FLOOD was really getting to know Stevie as both a person and as a guitar player. He was always thought of as a caring, genuine, and sweet man by all who knew him. I developed a real understanding and appreciation for SRV's approach to playing, his specific tone, and just all the time and effort he put into perfecting his craft. He spent so many years paying his dues with various bands and jam sessions in the Austin music scene. Finally, he hit it big by teaming up with drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon who formed SRV and Double Trouble. In 1985, they were joined by keyboardist, Reese Wynans.

    One telling part of the book came from Eric Clapton. He said the first time he heard Stevie play was on his car radio, and he actually had to pull over and listen because he was so blown away. He also stated that had only happened one other time, with Duane Allman, and hasn't happened since. Buddy Guy, Steve Miller, Joe Perry, and other great guitarists also comment on SRV's phenomenal skills. They all admit to never having seen anything or anyone else like him. He was always channeling on an almost spiritual level with his Strat, and his audiences witnessed something that may never be seen again. After years of nearly lethal drug and alcohol abuse, Stevie was clean and sober the last few years of his life, and he was an absolute shining star, personally and professionally. Following a concert at Alpine Valley (Wisconsin), Stevie Ray Vaughn was killed in a helicopter crash on August 27th, 1990. He was only 35 years old.

    "A flower that dies on the vine, just falls off and is dead. This was a dying flower that came back to life and had blossomed into something more beautiful than ever. Then suddenly... POW! It's just gone, and all that we had together, an active, living thing, is not there. We had been through so much together, and we were all in acknowledgement of how good we felt about playing together in the future. We were ready to turn the next corner, which was going to be a great superhighway. That made Stevie's passing even more poignant."

    ~CHRIS LAYTON, Double Trouble

  • Kerry Pickens

    This book was interesting to me because I was around to watch Stevie Ray's early career. I knew that he came from a hard place, and I watched him play in the Abraxas Club in Waco when we were both youngsters. I moved to Austin in 1975, and lived down the street from the Rome Inn so I could see him play with Double Trouble anytime. It's interesting that he has become such a folk hero. No doubt he was talented. The book is mainly interviews with musicians that played with him, and the portrait pai

    This book was interesting to me because I was around to watch Stevie Ray's early career. I knew that he came from a hard place, and I watched him play in the Abraxas Club in Waco when we were both youngsters. I moved to Austin in 1975, and lived down the street from the Rome Inn so I could see him play with Double Trouble anytime. It's interesting that he has become such a folk hero. No doubt he was talented. The book is mainly interviews with musicians that played with him, and the portrait painted is of a sweet, kind-hearted and dedicated musician. Yeah, there was lots of drugs and alcohol at the clubs in those days too.

  • Matt

    "Guitar was Stevie's language, and he spoke it beautifully." -BB King

    I'm a big fan so I was really looking forward to this one. No big surprises or scandals here if you're already familiar with SRV's story. Like the title says, it's "The Inside Story," meaning that it's mainly a compilation of direct quotes from people who knew and worked with him. This makes for some great insights (like BB's quote above) and lots of sentiment, but it also feels a little clunky at times in sections

    "Guitar was Stevie's language, and he spoke it beautifully." -BB King

    I'm a big fan so I was really looking forward to this one. No big surprises or scandals here if you're already familiar with SRV's story. Like the title says, it's "The Inside Story," meaning that it's mainly a compilation of direct quotes from people who knew and worked with him. This makes for some great insights (like BB's quote above) and lots of sentiment, but it also feels a little clunky at times in sections that are nothing but one short quote after another about a specific topic or incident.

    Great pictures are included throughout, and two full sections of color photographs are a highlight of this one.

    Taken as a whole it's a success story about an aspiring star who became really good, but then fell into the cliche of drugs and alcohol. Then he made the conscious decision to clean up and stay clean, and he went from really good musician to legend- but sadly still died too young anyway.

  • Scott

    First off, I'm a HUGE Stevie Ray Vaughan fan. Loved his music and style (and, OH GOD...that tone) for as long as I can remember. Is, was and always will be my favorite guitarist.

    With that being said, going into this book with a decent amount of knowledge on SRV through the years, I was happy to see several things. The closeness of friends and outsiders to Stevie and the people who really helped him turn his life around, and their stories, were very touching. Also, hearing first hand accounts fr

    First off, I'm a HUGE Stevie Ray Vaughan fan. Loved his music and style (and, OH GOD...that tone) for as long as I can remember. Is, was and always will be my favorite guitarist.

    With that being said, going into this book with a decent amount of knowledge on SRV through the years, I was happy to see several things. The closeness of friends and outsiders to Stevie and the people who really helped him turn his life around, and their stories, were very touching. Also, hearing first hand accounts from Shannon, Layton, and Bramhall(s) provided a new view of what life and the road felt like. Overall, the interviews and quotes were done rather nicely, however, in multiple areas of the book, you would have one quote from one person and go right into the same quote from another. Personally, I think that became a little redundant.

    Major downside the book, and the reason I only gave it 3 stars...lack of the author's narrative. Other than a few spots in the book (usually at the beginning of a new chapter), the author fails to really provide any story line. Almost all of this is done through the quotes, leaving the book to feel like an extended Guitar Magazine tribute. As much as I enjoyed most of the interviews, more backstory with the author putting his own personal touch to the book would have been nice.

    My favorite part of the book, however, does stem from one particular interview...that being with Jimmy Vaughan, Stevie's brother. The loss of his brother, at a pinnacle time in their careers where they were really wanting to do more together, it was beautiful to hear the words of pride and loving from Jimmy...you can truly feel the heartbreak and loss in his quotes.

    Overall, the book was informative and decently put together, however, I would have still liked to see a more personal approach from the author. Long live SRV!!!

  • JDK1962

    I should say that I approached this more as a guitar student looking for info, rather than as an SRV fan. Interesting enough, reads like an extended

    article/tribute (not surprising, given the author), but it's probably 95% biography focused--fueled pretty exclusively by people who loved him--rather than digging into the music. Which is fine if that's what you're looking for.

    SRV was basically a monomaniac: from an early age, he was 100% focused on guitar and music, and became great in th

    I should say that I approached this more as a guitar student looking for info, rather than as an SRV fan. Interesting enough, reads like an extended

    article/tribute (not surprising, given the author), but it's probably 95% biography focused--fueled pretty exclusively by people who loved him--rather than digging into the music. Which is fine if that's what you're looking for.

    SRV was basically a monomaniac: from an early age, he was 100% focused on guitar and music, and became great in that sphere...while not being all that great at managing anything in his life outside of that. Then drugs and alcohol took over, then recovery. Tragic, relatively early death, especially sad since he seemed like a kind, sweet man who had finally put his life on track.

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