Before there there was Stevie Ray Vaughan, or Jimi Hendrix, there was Albert King. Albert's sound was as big as his frame. Full of tension, dramatic bends, and copious amounts of space. He was never the fastest player of his generation, but what he lacked in speed, he made up for in power.
Playing like Albert requires a blue-collar frame of mind, and willingness to sacrifice your fingertips for the music. The sacrifice is worth it because Albert's playing style unlocks a huge amount of emotional tension in the music.