a.k.a. Oak Cliff T-Bone
T-Bone walker is the reason the Blues is what it is today. Legend has it he was the first ever blues performer to use an electric guitar. He roamed the streets of dallas at age 15 opening for national acts and String bands. By the time he was in his twenties he was in Los Angeles headlinging on Central Avenue.
I know you’ve heard this one
Inspiring a generation of Bluesmen
Walker was the childhood hero of many many musicians. B.B. King bought his first electric after he heard “Stormy Monday”, and where do you think Jimi Hendrix learned to play with his teeth? Chuck Berry always listed T-Bone and bandleader Louis Jordan as his first influences.
Albert Collins and Jimmy Vaughn (Stevie’s older brother) talk about T-Bone’s effect on the Texas Blues
– Big Charlie