More guitar lessons: http://bit.ly/TrueFire Let's set the record straight. In the wake of Stevie Ray Vaughn's meteoric rise to fame and subsequent legacy, there may exist generations who have either forgotten or never knew that another Texas guitarist had already been there and done that more than a dozen years earlier. Fueled by word of mouth and generous hype from Rolling Stone (yep, they really used to be that influential), John Dawson Winter IIIs first pilgrimage from his native Beaumont to New York City in 1968 (at the behest of Scene manager Steve Paul) sparked a vicious bidding war between record companies, and Columbia Records reportedly paid the Texas guitar slinger the biggest advance ever bestowed upon a new artist. Winter delivered big time, and the labels gamble paid off. The Texas Tornados blend of charged-up urban Chicago sounds and traditional Delta styles had a tremendous impact on blues and rock communities alike.