Freddie King
Blues Masters: The Very Best of T-Bone Walker
Blues Masters: The Very Best of Lightnin' Hopkins
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

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The geographical subgenre known as Texas blues has encompassed a number of style variations over the decades, but its longest-lasting and most developed is its electric incarnation. This change in the region's sound came after World War II, bringing with it a fully electric style -- largely pioneered by T-Bone Walker -- that featured jazzy, single-string soloing over predominantly horn-driven backing. The style stayed much the same throughout the 1950s, but started moving toward a smaller combo, sans horn section, as the decade moved on. But as much of an uptown sound as Electric Texas Blues represented, its juke-joint roadhouse roots were never too far below the surface, with artists like Lightnin' Hopkins, Juke Boy Bonner, Hop Wilson, and Frankie Lee Sims rocking the joint in duo and trio formats with a frightening intensity. The style moved away from the larger horn-led sounds to smaller and smaller combo formats, eventually embracing much of the same instrumentation as the electric Chicago style, with even more emphasis placed on the lead guitar work. The genre stays current and thriving with a spate of regional performers primarily working in small combo contexts, with a great many of them hailing from the Austin area.

Electric Texas Blues Artists Highlights

Freddie King
Freddie King
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
Bobby "Blue" Bland
Bobby "Blue" Bland
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Stevie Ray Vaughan & ...
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Stevie Ray Vaughan
T-Bone Walker
T-Bone Walker

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Electric Texas Blues Album Highlights

Blues Masters: The Very Best of T-Bone Walker
T-Bone Walker
Blues Masters: The Very ...
Blues Masters: The Very Best of Lightnin' Hopkins
Lightnin' Hopkins
Blues Masters: The Very ...
The Very Best of T-Bone Walker [Koch]
T-Bone Walker
The Very Best of T-Bone ...
Ultimate Collection
Freddie King
Ultimate Collection
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: The Duke Recordings
Bobby "Blue" Bland
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: The ...
The Very Best of Johnny "Guitar" Watson [Rhino]
Johnny "Guitar" Watson
The Very Best of Johnny ...

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Electric Texas Blues Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
West Side Baby T-Bone Walker
Baby Please Don't Go Lightnin' Hopkins
San-Ho-Zay Freddie King
Don't Cry No More Bobby "Blue" Bland
Three Hours Past Midnight Johnny "Guitar" Watson
Black Cat Bone Lightnin' Hopkins
Just Before Dawn Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
Love Struck Baby Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Stormy Monday T-Bone Walker
Ain't That Lovin' You Bobby "Blue" Bland

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