July 4, 2017

When Lance Lopez was a kid in Shreveport, Louisiana, his dad made sure that he became well versed in the work of the founding fathers of rock and roll. One-name-only-needed giants like Chuck, Fats, Elvis and Jerry Lee (well, maybe two names). But after the family moved to Dallas in early June 1990, the 12-year-old’s tastes and budding guitar noodling started veering toward the music of the English bands of the ’70s with foundations in blues rock and – most important – the music of Jimi Hendrix.

The boy’s musical vision forever changed on June 17, 1990, while he was in the crowd at Dallas’s Starplex Amphitheatre for the Benson & Hedges Blues Festival. That’s when he saw the man who would unwittingly help steer and inspire him.

“I was probably on the tenth row center and had no clue who Stevie Ray Vaughan was!” Lopez Laughs today. “And then he started playing Jimi Hendrix. I had never heard anybody do that before! This was the dude I was looking for all along! And then B.B. came out and ja...

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