A geographical sub-genre 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. Like many other forms of blues music the lyrics reflected the hardships experinced by the African American’s who worked long hours on the old fields. Origins Texas Blues began to appear in the early 1900s among African Americans who worked in oilfields, ranches and lumber camps in Texas. Notable artists who had a profound influence on this genre of blues are Pee Wee Crayton who was born in Rockdale, Texas and played acoustic and electric guitar and Stevie Ray Vaughan who pioneered several styles that are very characteristic of Texas blues
Live at the Sterling Event Center (290 and I-35 – Austin, Texas) The Austin Blues Revue presents Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88’s at the first annual Big Swing Thing! We’ll have a couple hundred business people, some great food and an exclusive concert with Mr. Boogie himself and the all star Revue band standing in for the 88’s.