June 9, 2015 | by Texas Music Magazine
Review: Jimmie Vaughan – Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites

Following the success of his 2010 album, Blues, Ballads & Favorites, Vaughan has reunited his band for another go-round covering classic tunes. “This is American music,” he says, referring to his diverse source material.

jimmy vaughn“I want to bring it together; it comes from the same place.” Vaughan covers several styles here, from R&B (Ray Charles’ “Greenbacks”) to country (Hank Williams’ “I Hang My Head and Cry”), rearranging all the songs into a throwback blues style. Most tracks follow a simple formula: drums, bass and rhythm guitar hold down some 12-bar or other classic progression; tenor and baritone saxes offer some swinging backup; and Vaughan alternates between singing and ripping bluesy solos. While he doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel,
the album consistently feels fun, and you can tell Vaughan and company are having a good time. Founding member of Double Trouble and longtime friend Lou Ann Barton joins the party on three tracks, taking lead vocals on Jivin’ Gene joint “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” with Vaughan offering some cool vocal harmonies. Other highlights include “The Rains Came,” by Big Sambo and the House Wreckers, and Nappy Brown’s blues scorcher, “Cried Like a Baby.” — KEVIN ALLEN

Originally published in Fall 2011, No. 48.
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