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I became a huge fan of the blues in the 90s due in no small part to the lasting influence of the man you see on the cover this month, Stevie Ray Vaughan. Alongside a handful of other players – Jeff Healey, Gary Moore – who would follow in Stevie’s virtuoso blues footsteps, his fiery, aggressive style just seemed so relevant to me as an aspiring young guitarist. I was a Pearl Jam fan, too (I still am!), and I would later learn that Mike McCready was also heavily influenced by the Texan blues ace. You can hear it in his playing, I think.

Of course, 2023 marks 40 years since Stevie Ray’s debut album, Texas Flood, so what better time to take a look at the musical legacy of this blues guitar icon? Featured in the mag are adapted extracts from Alan Paul and Andy Aledort’s book Texas Flood: The Inside Story Of Stevie Ray Vaughan, a 1988 Guitarist Magazine interview with SRV himself, plus we speak to Eric Gales – a guitarist carrying that virtuoso blues torch today, and a man who can actually claim to have jammed with Stevie.

Elsewhere you’ll find our eight-page lesson, 20 Things SRV Taught Us, where TG contributor Jon Bishop breaks down the techniques and musical approaches Stevie employed, and Jon’s really done an amazing job – there’s loads to learn here! When studying SRV’s style you can be sure you’ll not only be tearing up the fretboard but also tracing the influence of those early electric blues pioneers who so influenced Stevie.

Anyway, as ever, I really hope you enjoy the mag this month. We’ve had a great time making it.

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