Texas Blues Alley was created by Anthony Stauffer (that’s me). I love teaching blues guitar as much as I love playing it. The blues has been an intensely personal form of music for me and the process of learning to play it has been deeply satisfying. I hope that others will experience deeper satisfaction and joy in their own playing through the resources here at Texas Blues Alley. What you'll find here is incredible blues guitar lessons, a serious case of gear addiction, and a place to play along and be inspired.
I started playing guitar at the age of 18. My earliest and most significant influence was Stevie Ray Vaughan. As the years passed, I also studied Albert King, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie King, B.B. King and others. I’ve been teaching guitar lessons online since 2007.
My degree is in engineering so I teach blues guitar with an engineer’s mentality. This approach resonates with a lot of people and has helped me build a fantastic audience of players all over the world.
In 2007 I started putting short blues guitar lesson videos on YouTube. The popularity of the lessons began to accelerate quickly, so I built a small website and called it StevieSnacks.com (small, snack-sized lessons in the style of Stevie Ray Vaughan). I soon began selling longer video courses. In 2009 I left my job as a software engineer to run StevieSnacks full-time.
StevieSnacks continued to grow in popularity, but I was never satisfied with the name ‘StevieSnacks’ — it was a name I chose with very little thought, long before I had any clue how successful it would become. In 2013 I began a careful, deliberate process of rethinking my entire business. In January of 2014 I put down the guitar, picked up my laptop and began coding furiously.
Texas Blues Alley was born in April of 2014.
Stevie Ray Vaughan was my biggest influence at a time where I desperately needed some kind of outlet. As a college student I began to battle depression, I just didn’t know it. Actually I didn’t even know what depression was, nobody talked about it when I was growing up. All I knew was that certain days were just....bad.
I discovered Stevie Ray Vaughan’s music during the summer before my first year of college. It didn’t take at first, but later that year I rented the El Mocambo video and as I watched him play Texas Flood, something changed.