Texas Flood is the first studio album by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. The album was released on June 13th in 1983 by Epic Records.
In 1982, Vaughan and Double Trouble caught the attention of Jackson Browne while performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival. After receiving three days of free use of Browne’s recording studio, the band accepted his offer and started to record a demo. The demo was heard by John H. Hammond who discovered artists such as Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen. After listening to the demo, he presented Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble to the head at Epic Records where he then arranged a recording contract.
The album was recorded in two days with no overdubs but in early 1983, Epic gave the band an advance of $65,000 to re-master the recordings in New York City which was then released as Texas Flood In June of 1983.
The album had two singles released from it including “Pride and Joy” and “Love Struck Baby”. “Pride and Joy” peaked at #20 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart while “Texas Flood” was nominated for Best Traditional Blues Performance and “Rude Mood” was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Although none of the songs made it above the top 10 on the charts, the album was received well by critics and received many certifications including 2x Platinum in the United States and Platinum in Canada.
- “Love Struck Baby” (Vaughan)
- “Pride and Joy” (Vaughan)
- “Texas Flood” (Larry Davis, Joseph Wade Scott)
- “Tell Me” (Howlin’ Wolf)
- Testify” (Ronald Isley, O’Kelly Isley Jr, Rudolph Isley)
- “Rude Mood” (Vaughan)
- “Mary Had a Little Lamb” (Buddy Guy)
- “Dirty Pool” (Bramhall, Vaughan)
- “I’m Cryin” (Vaughan)
- “Lenny” (Vaughan)