“My dad played me this album when I was about 12, and it really inspired me as a guitarist. I tried to get everybody in school to listen to it, but they weren’t into it. They wanted to listen to Top 40. I even put up fliers to start a band: ‘Looking for people influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Santana, BB King.’ Everybody looked at me like I was crazy.
“Stevie played with so much fire. There was just no halfway when it came to him and the guitar – he tore it up. Pride And Joy is one of my absolute favorites. Stevie is so well known for his soloing and his incredible vibrato, but people should really check out his rhythm playing. He put his whole body into it. Pride And Joy is a great example of that heavy, swinging rhythm sound of his.”