Around Town Sounds: Texas Flood Band

By KRISTIN HALL

Texas Flood Band is not a typical cover band; they aren’t even a typical tribute band. Gerry Goodman, guitar and vocals, Darin Elwell, drums, and John Brown, bass, strive to pay tribute by emulating Stevie Ray Vaughan and his sound as precisely as possible.

“We just want to respect and honor Stevie the way he deserves,” said Brown.

Goodman channels Vaughan, dressed in accurate threads from boots to hat. The show even comes with a costume change. Goodman’s father said his son used to wake up early in the morning and just watch Vaughan. Now, after years of practice, Goodman has even mastered the mannerisms.

To the members of Texas Flood Band, accuracy is the most important aspect of their act. Every amp is authentic to ensure that their sound is true to that made in 1983. Goodman’s Fender Strat is authentic down to the nicks, scratches, and cigarette burn on the guitar head.

Named for Vaughn’s debut album, Texas Flood Band was formed in 2007. Goodman said Vaughan was always a huge inspiration throughout his musical career and finally Elwell suggested they make it a project.

For information about Texas Flood Band visit their website thetexasfloodband.com. See them live at the Tenacious Brothers Pub on September 9. To see them in action check out the video at gjsentinel.com.

Kristin Hall is profiling local bands and ensembles through the summer.


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