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“Originally, I wasn’t going to do an SRV song. You know, it’s amazing to me that, 20 years into my career, some people can’t get beyond the influence that Stevie Ray Vaughan has had on me as an artist. So I didn’t want to deal with the haters who were going to say, ‘There’s only one SRV. Who are you to do his stuff?’ and on and on. I mean, that gets so old.
“Chris is the one who told me to do it. He said to me, ‘How can you put out a record with some of your biggest influences and not have an SRV song?’ And I thought, ‘You know, if Chris can say that, then I don’t care what anybody else thinks.’ It couldn’t have come from a greater source than a member of that band telling me to do a Stevie Ray Vaughan song. Everybody can kiss my ass if they have a problem with it. [Laughs]
“I wanted to go for something that wasn’t obvious. When people think SRV, they think Pride And Joy, Texas Flood and a few others, but I wanted to do The House Is Rockin’. We needed another uptempo song, so it fit. Chris loves it, I love it, and I can sing it pretty easily.
“The original version is perfect, I think, so we didn’t really change anything, although I did lengthen the solo section. Riley plays his own piano solo, but he doesn’t cop what [Double Trouble keyboardist] Reese [Wyans] did. When I do my solo, I start it off like Stevie, but then I go off and do my own thing. I resolve it in the same manner as Stevie, though, so it’s a real nod to him with a little of my own stuff.”