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How apropos that Johnson would cover Electric Flag’s paean to the Lone Star State. The guitarist mixes it up on this mid-tempo blues semi-classic with fellow Austin legend Jimmie Vaughan. You won’t have any trouble figuring out who’s who - Johnson goes a little bonkers, while Vaughan keeps it trad. The two styles blend like chocolate and peanut butter. And check out The Joker himself, Steve Miller, tearing up the vocals with just the right amount of gusto.
“I was always a big Electric Flag fan as a kid. Man, I loved that record, A Long Time Comin’ - totally wore it out. I’ve never really mentioned him in interviews, but Mike Bloomfield was a big influence on me as a guitarist. What a great player.
“We cut the track live in the studio, pretty off-the-cuff. Jimmie Vaughan and Steve Miller overdubbed their parts. Steve came in the studio and said he wouldn’t mind singing, and I said, ‘Well, I want you to sing Texas,’ and he said, ‘Great. I always loved that song.’
“Jimmie’s playing is tremendous, as always. I know his style so well, and I‘m such a fan of his work. I didn’t have to give him any kind of direction - he knows what a song like this needs. The entire track was a lot of fun to put together.”