The Story Behind ‘Pride And Joy’ By Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Steve Ray Vaughan one of the last great modern bluesmen. His recording career begins in 83 and unfortunately only lasts until 91.

We could include his style within the Texas blues or even blues-rock. With a very distinctive sound, always attached to his Stratocaster armed with a set of strings that started with a 0.013 (wires for a clothesline, very hard strings), an enviable and original technique and above all with an inordinate talent and passion, this guy marked a late milestone in this music when it seemed like the cast of mythical bluesmen was already full.

Vaughan penned Pride And Joy for his new girlfriend at the time when he was motivated by their relationship. Released as Texas Flood’s leading single, and immediately put the then-unfamiliar Texas guitar axeman on the national picture.

The album was recorded in just 3 days at Jackson Browne’s personal studio in Los Angeles, reaching No. 64 on the American Billboard and No. 38 on the Top 200 Pop Albums. “Pride and Joy” came out as the first single and climbed to No. 20 on the charts.

The Grammys also remembered him and nominated him for Best Blues Recording and the song “Rude Mood” for Best Blues Instrumental Performance.