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A geographical subgenre earmarked by a more relaxed, swinging feel than other styles of blues, Texas Blues encompasses a number of style variations and has a long, distinguished history. Its earliest incarnation occurred in the mid-'20s, featuring acoustic guitar work rich in filigree patterns -- almost an extension of the vocals rather than merely a strict accompaniment to it. This version of Texas blues embraced both the songster and country-blues traditions, with its lyrics relying less on affairs of the heart than other forms. The next stage of development in the region's sound came after World War II, bringing forth a fully electric style that featured jazzy, single-string soloing over predominantly horn-driven backing. The style stays current with a raft of regional performers primarily working in a small combo context.

Texas Blues Artists Highlights

Johnny "Guitar" Watson
Johnny "Guitar" Watson
Bobby "Blue" Bland
Bobby "Blue" Bland
Fenton Robinson
Fenton Robinson
Lowell Fulson
Lowell Fulson
Charles Brown
Charles Brown
Lightnin' Hopkins
Lightnin' Hopkins

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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
Mojo Hand: The Anthology
Lightnin' Hopkins
Mojo Hand: The Anthology
The Tramp Years
Lowell Fulson
The Tramp Years

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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
Lightnin' Jump Lightnin' Hopkins
What the Heck Lowell Fulson
Turn on Your Love Light Bobby "Blue" Bland
Three Hours Past Midnight Johnny "Guitar" Watson
Get Yourself Another Fool Charles Brown
Okie Dokie Stomp Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
Love Struck Baby Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

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