Jimmie Vaughan’s Story | Louder Than War album review
Jimmie Vaughan: The Story of Jimmie Vaughan
The last music company
CD | LP
Release September 17, 2021
As the great Texan blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan reaches another milestone anniversary, The Jimmie Vaughan Story is a limited edition box set that pays a fitting tribute to a magnificent talent who has been recording since the mid-1960s and has influenced so many to through its star. studded quarry. Ian Corbridge reflects for Louder Than War on a journey into the blues which encompassed such a wide divergence of musical styles and which continues to this day.
I was already a big blues fan in the early 80s, but for some reason I can’t remember how I found a way to hear the Fabulous Thunderbirds for the first time. Maybe it was the mellow tones of the incomparable John Peel that first directed me to these handsome representatives of blues rock, but I can’t say for sure. Whichever way I found them, it was the start of my long and wonderful musical relationship with the powerful talents of Texan blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan.
The first two albums of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Girls Go Wild and What’s The Word ?, provided a soundtrack for many hours of listening, fitting very easily at the time among my other passions for Bauhaus, Killing Joke, Johnny Thunders, Dylan and the Stones. And there was no doubt that much of the attraction was not just the vocal and harmonica talents of singer Kim Wilson, but significantly the unique guitar style and sound of Jimmie Vaughan that could playing the blues with a swing in a way I had never heard before. .
My first Jimmie live experience with The Fabulous Thunderbirds was in Sheffield in March 1983 and it was a night that will be remembered for a long time. What stands out above all is Jimmie’s ability to play the blues with real groove and a sense of swing while still respecting the roots of the music. Mixing a savage abandonment with a deeply rooted soul, Jimmie could take the group in any direction and you never knew what was to follow.
In this live environment, with songs like The Crawl, Sugar-Coated Love, and You’re Humbuggin ‘Me, I have to admit I found myself performing some dance moves and hand gestures that went well out of my zone. of comfort and which I have almost certainly never repeated since. But Jimmie led the line with such class that this haunting fusion of blues, rock’n’roll and rhythm and blues transported me to new, unexplored levels of fun that I clearly shared with the rest of the audience. that night.
It came as a shock that Jimmie Vaughan hit his 70th birthday in March 2021, but it was that spark that sparked the compilation of this magnificent tribute to a great blues musician, so we have to be thankful for that. Organized by Malcolm Mills, head of The Last Music Co., this 5-CD set features 96 songs, including 26 unreleased, and over 6 hours of music, both live and in the studio. It also includes cover notes and important illustrations. Another deluxe box set includes even more extras, including various vinyl versions.
It’s inevitable that the first 41 songs that cover much of the first two records will be from The Fabulous Thunderbirds, which demonstrates exactly why they spearheaded a mid-1980s blues revival while popularizing the Texas roadhouse blues. With songs ranging from the heavy blues of She’s Tuff to the powerful groove of How Do You Spell Love, the rock’n’roll swing of My Babe and the soulful blues of I Can’t Quit You Baby, Jimmie’s signature guitar is a must have. the forefront throughout.
It is undoubtedly Jimmie’s talent and style that shines through these recordings that sparked so many subsequent collaborations with other extremely talented artists. Some of the more notable collaborations here include Cold, Cold Feeling with Albert Collins, You’re Sweet with Jimmy Rodgers, He’s Got A Key’s contagious boogie with Bo Diddley, and a rock version of Boom Boom with John Lee Hooker. And, of course, there are collaborations with his brother Stevie Ray Vaughan, who so tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash in 1990, with whom he recorded the Family Style album in 1990 as The Vaughan Brothers.
The third disc includes particularly remarkable pieces. Take Your Time Son is a haunting Elmore James style blues jam with Doyle Bramhall. BB King’s influence on Jimmie’s guy-style comes through heavily on Cool Lookin ‘Woman and his prowess as a complete blues virtuoso on both guitar and vocals is clearly evident on Dengue Woman Blues, which has more than ‘a nod to Buddy. Guy. And then there are the epic live blues jams of Six Strings Down and SRV Shuffle where Jimmie shares the stage with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, BB King, Buddy Guy and Dr John – wow!
The collection then covers Jimmie’s extensive solo catalog with songs that showcase his ever-divergent style, including classic blues, rock’n’roll, soul, and even a bit of good old delta blues with I Don’t. Live Here Anymore. Other highlights include You Upset My Mind with Jimmy Reed Highway alongside Kim Wilson and Gary Clark Jr., a very emotional film What Am I Alive For? with Lou Ann Barton, That’s What Love Will Make You Do with the great Little Milton and a bit of guitar dueling with Bonnie Raitt on The Pleasure’s All Mine.
The final record gives us a rare glimpse into the embryonic style of guitar that would have such an impact in the blues world in the years that followed, through a few recordings with his band Storm which preceded his stint with the Thunderbirds. Also through Lightnin ‘Boogie, Jimmie pays homage and demonstrates the unique guitar style of the legendary Lightnin’ Hopkins by pointing out that without Hopkins there might never have been a BB King, Buddy Guy or even Jimi Hendrix. . The closing song Baby, Please Come Home is pure blues with swing and swagger in typical Jimmie Vaughan style.
Jimmie Vaughan’s story turns out to be a fitting tribute to one of the greatest blues guitarists in Texas, if not anywhere. With over six hours of music and much more, it’s a collection of songs that has been curated with great care to show what a unique talent Jimmie has been throughout his career, developing an exciting divergence of styles while maintaining always the blues as the cornerstone of his music. Fortunately, Jimmie Vaughan remains a strong creative force in the world of blues and rock’n’roll today and that’s certainly something to celebrate through this release. And may it continue for a long time.
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