Originally Posted by Broadmoor74
I would never blame SVR for the pale imitators that his music spawned. I just find it interesting that HIS music in the last 20 years has become known as the embodiment of "the Texas blues sound," when most of his musical idols came from outside Texas. i.e. Hendrix, Albert King, B.B. King, etc. When, historically, the true post-war Texas blues sound was more jazzy due to its central location between the blues of the Mississippi Delta and the swing of Kansas City, i.e. T-Bone Walker, Gatemouth Brown, Johnny Guitar Watson. But the emergence of SRV and ZZ Top, and their hybrid Texas-Mississippi-Chicago sound have rendered these players as less well-known. And of course it helps to be white. But that's another topic altogether.
A good point, though I would argue that since MTV and well before that really, pop music of all genres (rock, blues, country, folk, etc. etc.) has become less and less regional. All the young players try to incorporate what they consider the 'best sounds' from their favourite musicians, and since everyone is exposed to the national scene, that 'regional sound' has almost become non-existent.
Actually, I could make an argument that Billy Gibbons has more to do with "Texas" guitar style than SRV since I would also add him into the mix of influences for Stevie Ray. I agree with you that Billy's style is largely derived from Chicago & Mississippi based blues guitarists, but there it is. Hendrix often said Billy was the best guitar player in the world (definite humility on his part there, but Billy's nothing to sneeze at).