Branching Out

Friday, March 20, 2009
Not long ago, Harmonix released "Texas Flood" the signature album by Stevie Ray Vaughn. This is not the first time the developers have branched out from the core rock base for the game. Before this album was released to the game there were two country packs released and (in case you don't consider it rock) a Roy Orbison pack. More recently the team has released a funk pack which includes songs by Earth, Wind and Fire and James Brown.

But I'm not here to talk about those. I want to talk about Texas Flood. This is the first bit of blues we've gotten for Rock Band, and what a start. Stevie Ray Vaughn has always been one of my favorite blues artists and Texas Flood is my favorite blues album of all time. Naturally, I snapped up the DLC as fast as I could.

This is a good sign for blues fans like myself. This is the music I grew up with. I've been listening to the blues since I was in diapers. Hell, the first concert I can really remember seeing was B.B. King. These songs, this album resonate with me in a way that Livin' on a Prayer never could. This is my kind of music.

If you aren't a Blues fan, you should still try out a few of these songs as they are probably the most difficult songs yet released for the game. Forget Green Grass and High Tides, Rude Mood is the new king of difficulty. The only part on that song that isn't rated a 5 devils is Vocals, and that's because there aren't any.

I hope this isn't the only blues pack we'll see for Rock Band. The genre is one of my favorites and it's now been proven that it can't be matched for difficulty. Bring me some John Lee Hooker, Harmonix, maybe some B.B. King. I know I'm not the only Blues fan out there that plays your game and besides, my birthdays coming up. Put out a Black Keys pack and I'll forgive you for not getting me anything last year.