Texas Flood book release w/ authors Alan Paul & Andy Aledort; musicians Tommy Shannon, Jackie Newhouse, Denny Freeman, Roddy Colonna, Derek O'Brien
“It’s a story that hasn’t been told fully and properly,” offers Alan Paul on why he and co-author Andy Aledort felt the need to tackle Stevie Ray Vaughan’s biography. “Missing from any previous Stevie books was the insights from the people closest to him, which in my mind were [his brother] Jimmie and his bandmates.”
Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan amends that record through hundreds of interviews and the authors’ deep understanding of the influences that shaped Vaughan’s distinctive style. Paul, author of the bestselling Allman Brothers biography One Way Out and Aledort, longtime editor for Guitar World, track SRV’s uncanny development from hotshot blues guitarist to international superstar before being killed in a 1990 helicopter crash. A mix of prose and oral history presents invaluable documentation of a generous but troubled soul, and brilliant, driven musical mind.
“I got more understanding and a deeper respect for how severe his drug and alcohol problem was, and consequently how dedicated he was to his recovery,” attests Paul. “The deep soul of his music really was a reflection of his deep soul as a person.”
“Most important to me in writing the book was communicating that spirit so the reader could really get a sense of who Stevie was,” says Aledort. “The feeling you get listening to him is the same feeling I know in knowing him. He was like a laser in terms of intensity in playing and analysis of music, but it was always wrapped up in a very sweet and generous and warm person.”– Doug Freeman