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Jimmie Vaughan

As a founding member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmie Vaughan was one of the leading Austin, Texas guitarists of the late '70s and '80s, responsible for opening the national market up for gritty roadhouse blues and R&B. Influenced by guitarists like Freddie King, B.B. King, and Albert King, Vaughan developed a tough, lean sound that became one of the most recognizable sounds of '70s and '80s blues and blues-rock. For most of his career, Vaughan co-led the Fabulous Thunderbirds with vocalist Kim Wilson. It wasn't until 1994 that he launched a full-fledged solo career.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Jimmie Vaughan began playing guitar as a child. Initially, Vaughan was influenced by both blues and rock & roll. While he was in his teens, he played in a number of garage rock bands, none of which attained any success. At the age of 19, he left Dallas and moved to Austin. For his first few years in Austin, Vaughan played in a variety of blues bar bands. In 1972, he formed his own group, the Storm, which supported many touring blues musicians.

In 1974, Vaughan met a vocalist and harmonica player named Kim Wilson. Within a year, the pair had formed the Fabulous Thunderbirds along with bassist Keith Furguson and drummer Mike Buck. For four years, the T-Birds played local Texas clubs, gaining a strong fan base. By the end of the decade, the group had signed a major label contract with Chrysalis Records and seemed bound for national stardom. However, none of their albums became hits and they were dropped by Chrysalis at the end of 1982.

At the same time the T-Birds were left without a recording contract, Jimmie's younger brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan, came storming upon the national scene with his debut album, Texas Flood. For the next few years, Stevie Ray dominated not only the Texan blues scene, but the entire American scene, while Jimmie and the Thunderbirds were struggling to survive. The T-Birds finally received a new major-label contract in 1986 with Epic/Associated and their first album for the label, Tuff Enuff, was a surprise hit, selling over a million copies and spawning the Top Ten hit title track.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds spent the rest of the '80s trying to replicate the success of Tuff Enuff, often pursuing slicker, more commercially oriented directions. By 1989, Jimmie Vaughan was frustrated by the group's musical direction and he left the band. Before launching a solo career, he recorded a duet album with his brother, Stevie Ray, Family Style. Following the completion of the record, Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a tragic helicopter crash in August of 1990. Family Style appeared just a few months later, in the fall of 1990.

After Stevie Ray's death, Jimmie took a couple of years off, in order to grieve and recoup. After a couple of years, he began playing the occasional concert. In 1994, he returned with his first solo album, Strange Pleasures, which received good reviews and sold respectably. Vaughan supported Strange Pleasures with a national tour. Out There followed in 1998. Released in 2010, Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites found Vaughan covering songs by Jimmy Reed, Little Richard, Roy Milton, Roscoe Gordon and others who inspired him when he was first starting out as a musician. The like-minded Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites followed in 2011. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Saw Jimmie live around 93-94?--Wow- - h e sure can play!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Yes Sir!!!
Common guys_ great nblues
Stevie's favorite guitar player was this Jimmy, not jimi. Stevie said Jimmy played to about 10% of his guitar vocabulary. Stevie said he had to play at 100% to be better than Jimmy. That's a compliment.
It's like the difference between the preference for a brunette or a red head fellas! Equally as pleasurable when your eyes are closed! Love them both - they just make me tingle in different spots!
Jimmy isn't the same kind of guitarist ad Stevie. They have different styles, heck he shaped Stevie Rays sound. He just plays big band a lot more than Stevie would/did. Thats from what Big Jimmy Vaughan and Marta listened to. They obviously were the parents of the best rock brotherhood
Tips/Rich in 77-78-79 thunderbird hotel.
I'm sorry for the lose I came 11 years after but I've all way loved both of you guys stay strong my friend!.
very good but i think than srv did it better
steveandlibb y p
Saw Jimmie and Tilt-a-Whirl last night. Rocked the house with a nice blend of blues, R&B and Texas swing. Great band. The only thing missing was a dance floor because they had everyone dancing in their seats. If you have the chance do not miss this act!
now thats a language I understand.. vaghnease
in jimmie I trust... he gives you the signature style but also raw energy and nuances. he never mails it in
Shadow by his brother but it comes back to what I've always said heart and soul is what makes a player and jimmy is one of the greats
That is one smoove brotha'. love his voice 2
kvons1
Somewhat different style than brother S R but every bit as good, accomplished & talented.
I lived in Austin, Texas, for 25 years and had the great privelege to see both Vaughan bros play. Of course Stevie was one bad MFer. But I love the Thunderbirds live. Nobody has quite the phrasing that Jimmy has. I love their first four albums. They have to be in any serious music lovers collection. Girls Go Wild T-Bird Rythym Butt Rocking and What's The Word are four of the best albums I've ever listened to. Simply magical and incredible. I knew Kieth Furgeson, the bass player, personal
Brothers are great! Just ask mine!!
I like players who have their own style. Generic blues is boring.
I will never forget the first time I saw Jimmie live, I'd always read Stevie praising his big brother. So I bought a TBirds record and thought ok, didn't get it. Then I saw him live, I took a girl on a first date. My jaw stayed dropped and the only word I said to my date was "wow" needless to say I never went out with her again but I finally got it. JIMMIE VAUGHAN RULES! That cat could flat out play! Later I had the good fortune of seeing the brothers play together, talk about an amazing experie
Two totally different types of players. Cant be comparrd
Jimmie didnt hold a candle to his brother,Stev i e Ray is the best,Jimmiie s carrer was bolstered by SRV
I believe Jimmie is just as good as his brother, and that in some aspects is better. I mean who the f**k do you think got Stevie playin. I made a similar statement awhile back, And then someone said on response that he agreed about a lot of my assessments concerning rock and roll, but that I needed to get real about Jimmie. I'm sticking to my guns. I'm not a musician or a critic but I know real music when I hear it regardless of genre or style.
noodo
They both have given us all they have .Both have earned a place in our hearts .They both have our love .
just as good as his brother, if not better. strange how an audience reactes
wejak1957
Check out the song, Hey Yeah ... Jimmie's guitar playing is a recognizable as Stevie's. But, SRV is the best that's ever been according to Clapton and many others.
Jimmy is good no doubt but Stevie RULES! !!
the vaughn bros are the s**t
This musician took his brother Stevie Ray over and he did it really
well! He ROCKS! XO
kvons1
Jimmy Vaughn---eve r y bit as good as brother Stevie but with a slightly different style----Thu n d e r b i r d s , short lasting but also great.
OK JIMMY VAUGHN! GO FOR IT
not as good as little brother stevie,but still a great bluesman.pic k on jimmy.
I used to serve Jimmie at Whole Foods Market Austin, TX back in the BBQ pit. Great guy and he and Stevie are truly Texas legends.
dolph3
Feel their pain, Love their blues; recognize they couldn't choose, not one of us would want to pay those dues! Thank you Brothers Vaughn, for sharing what we can't imagine bearing, and please know you have enriched our lives with your dedication. Sincerely, Dolph
I love in the similar artists it doesn't have his brother. Funny stuff
lorenzoauble
If you listen to Stevie you know who influenced him...Jimmie ! How do you think Stevie got so good? Jimmies licks are all over Stevies playing. The reason Louis Armstrong was so good...he learned from Bix Beiderbecke!
I seen Jimmy and the Thunderbirds as an opening act for brother Stevie Ray at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Michigan. They rocked the house big-time, and if that wasn't enough, Ted Nugent came out with Jimmy and Stevie for an encore!
excellent artist.not as good as little brother but still great.
Never mind I read the rest of the BIo???? DUH.... What a dumb a**.
I heard he was Stevie Rays brother? I cant verify that statement?
ddjones458
Just seen him in concert, what a fantastic show, played for 2 1/2 hours!!! THE MAN CAN PLAY!!!
don't chu know?
I Luv the BLUES !
homeloft
You go, Jimmie Lee!
internetmail 5
Keep playin brother... Love the sound.
I really love Jimmie's playing. Knows what to play and when to play it. I really go for the less is more approach.
mcsellhomes
lOVE THE WAY YOU PHRASE THE SOULFUL HEART OF THE BLUES
i GOT TO KNOW jIMMIE HES A TRUE GENTLEMAN AND CAN PLAY THAT GUITAR HES GOT STYLE'HE KNOWS THE BLUES HES KNOWS HOW TO ROCK HE NEEDS ALOT MORE RECONATION AFTER ALL HE TAUGHT STEVIE HOW TO PLAY. i HOPE TO SEE U HERE IN b'HAM AL i'LL BE THERE! TAKE CARE LOTS OF LOVE PEACE ,HAPPINESS rOBIN
@curtis lowe: Lou Ann Barton -- didn't she sing in SRV's first band too?
Come on,I live in Dallas,anyon e with last name Vaughan and plays blue I gotta love..
Saw him when he toured with TFT as the "warm" up band for SRV. Of course, they did jam together for a few. A nice night.
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