Jimmie Vaughan

King of Cool

When it comes to the blues today, there are a handful of guiding lights to make sure the music stays true to its powerful source. The sound of pleasure and pain that first sparked musicians to create such a sound is a force that can never be underestimated. The mojo has to be there. For Jimmie Vaughan, he's dedicated his life to making sure the blues not only stays alive, but remains full of life and an inspiration to all who listen. It's a spirit he holds close to him, and for over 50 years of holding the blues close inside him, Vaughan isn't about to stop now.

Jimmie Vaughan's new album, BABY, PLEASE COME HOME, is a rolling and righteous celebration of everything the blues can be. The songs can go up, down, sideways and even off in their own distinctive direction, but one thing is certain, each and every one of them is packed with pure feeling and striking originality. That's because while the blues is almost as old as America itself, every time a musician lends their soul to living inside these songs, something new comes out. There is a constant reinvention for musicians like Vaughan, because the blues demands it. There can be nothing less than a revelation, because that's how the music stays alive. It is almost like an alchemy exists, where instruments and voice join together to make a joyful noise. And above all else the blues, in the capable of hands of Vaughan and his musical cohorts, is a path to salvation. One that is birthed in the ability of songs to make life on earth a better place to be.

Sometimes it takes decades to finally arrive at a place called home. When a young player starts out as a teenager to find a spot to call his own, there can be enough twists and turns to throw even the most dedicated of souls off the mark. Life can be a tricky endeavor, and between the bright lights and the dark nights, that road ahead can be full of false starts and deceiving roadblocks. But on BABY, PLEASE COME HOME Jimmie Vaughan proves without doubt all his efforts and energy have taken him to the promised land. Maybe that's because blues is really the art of distillation, seeking the sound where there are no extraneous notes, or unnecessary additions to the feeling of freedom. It takes years to get there, and patience is most definitely a virtue. Above all else, feeling is the most important element of all. With that, all else can be conquered.  

"Playing what you feel has always been my main goal," Vaughan says. Considering the Texas guitarist and singer has had the kind of career that makes him a living legacy, those are no idle words. His first group when he was starting high school played Dallas' Hob Knob Lounge six nights a week, learning the kind of lessons that can't be taught. They have to be lived. Other bands in the '60s convinced the young man it was time to find a way to play the music he felt the strongest about: the blues, That took him to hitchhiking to Austin in the early '70s and carving out a new crew of blues players who shared his musical excitement. Jimmie Vaughan started in the lead, and has remained there.  After worldwide success with the Fabulous Thunderbirds during the '80s, it came time to leave that band and build his own path in exploring different approaches to the blues. He did not hesitate. And what Vaughan discovered was that he could take it anywhere; there were no boundaries. "I wanted to find out what I could really do," he says, "and when I started singing it gave me a whole new side to explore. When I was young I didn't really pay much attention to categories of music. I just heard what I liked and decided to explore that. And that's really what I'm still doing."

For the past few years, Jimmie Vaughan has been recording a series of albums dedicated to the songs he's always held in high esteem, recorded by artists that inspired him from his very earliest days of performing. The sessions have been held in studios near Austin, and he was surrounded by fellow musicians who understand that music is intended to ignite the heart and fill the soul. There can be no shortcuts or sleight-of-hand when playing these songs. They come from writers and performers who responsible for so much of modern popular musics, some well known but many are other who are still names not known outside the blues world. On BABY, PLEASE COME HOME, some of those original artists are Lloyd Price, Jimmy Donley, Lefty Frizell, Richard Berry, Chuck Willis, Bill Doggett, T-Bone Walker, Etta James, Fats Domino, Gatemouth Brown and Jimmy Reed. In so many ways, this is a list of some of the prime purveyors of America's greatest music. That it can range from seminal bluesmen like Jimmy Reed to one of the founding father of modern country music Lefty Frizell proves the point that Vaughan has always believed: music is not about what it is labeled, but rather how it makes the listener feel.  On BABY, PLEASE COME HOME, those feelings are played to the hilt by some of Jimmie Vaughan's long-standing A-team, including George Rains, Billy Pitman, Ronnie James, Mike Flanigin, Doug James, Greg Piccolo, Al Gomez, Kaz Kazonoff, T. Jarred Bonta, John Mills and Randy Zimmerman. They are joined by guest vocalists Georgia Bramhall and Emily Gimble.

These sessions, mostly held at San Marcos, Texas' Fire Station studio, were the kind of recordings that are based on musicians who have been playing this music for decades. They've come to have a near-silent style of communication, where a look or a smile communicates much more than words ever could. As bandleader, singer and guitarist, Jimmie Vaughan is a master of how everything is captured for posterity. His singing voice has grown into a study in strength. And while sometimes he might say, "Sometimes you can sing and sometimes you can't," like everything else the Texan touches, Vaughan knows when it's right and never stops until it is. He has always looked to his soul as the ultimate barometer of when the music is right, and when that is satisfied Vaughan knows he has found that spot where the music is ready to be shared.

The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards once said, "The blues. It's probably the most important thing America has ever given the world." To which Jimmie Vaughan would likely add, "Amen."


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28

Thu

Mar 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

with Buddy Guy

Austin City Limits - ACL LIve

Austin, TX

30

Sat

Mar 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

with Buddy Guy

The Eccles Theater

Salt Lake City, UT

02

Tue

Apr 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

with Buddy Guy

The Paramount

Denver, CO

03

Wed

Apr 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

The Lensic PAC

Santa Fe, NM

04

Thu

Apr 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

The Rialto

Tucson AX

05

Fri

Apr 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

with Buddy Guy

The Celebrity Theatre

Phoenix, AZ

06

Sat

Apr 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

with Buddy Guy

Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Indian Wells, CA

09

Tue

Apr 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

Belly Up Tavern

Solana Beach, CA

10

Wed

Apr 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Chico, CA

11

Thu

Apr 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

Yoshi's

Oakland, CA

12

Fri

Apr 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

With Coco Montoya

MontBleu Resort

Stateline, NV

13

Sat

Apr 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

With Katie Kipp

Rio Theatre

Santa Cruz, CA

13

Mon

May 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

with Eric Clapton

Royal Albert Hall

London, UK

15

Wed

May 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

with Eric Clapton

Royal Albert Hall

London, UK

16

Thu

May 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

with Eric Clapton

Royal Albert Hall

London, UK

17

Fri

May 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

Album Release Show

Dingwalls

London, UK

24

Fri

May 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

Special In-Store Appearance

Waterloo Records

Austin, TX

24

Fri

May 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

In-store performance.

Waterloo Records

Austin, TX

19

Wed

Jun 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

City Winery

Atlanta, GA

20

Thu

Jun 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

Franklin Theatre

Franklin, TN

21

Fri

Jun 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

Wildey Theater

Edwardsville, IL

22

Sat

Jun 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

Buskirk-Chumley

Bloomington, IN

23

Sun

Jun 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

The Token Lounge

Westland, MI

26

Wed

Jun 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

Music Box Supper Club

Cleveland, OH

27

Thu

Jun 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

Memorial Hall

Cincinnatti, OH

28

Fri

Jun 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

SPACE

Evanston, IL

29

Sat

Jun 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

Arcada Theater

St. Charles, IL

10

Wed

Jul 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

MusikFest Cafe

Bethlehem, PA

11

Thu

Jul 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

Ardmore Music Hall

Ardmore, PA

12

Fri

Jul 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

Suffolk Theater

Riverhead, NY

13

Sat

Jul 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

Darryl's Place

Pawling, NY

14

Sun

Jul 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

The Greenwhich Odeum

East Greenwiich, RI

16

Tue

Jul 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

City Winery

Boston, MA

18

Thu

Jul 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

Tupelo Music Hall

Derry, NH

19

Fri

Jul 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

The Warehouse at FTC

Fairfield, CT

20

Sat

Jul 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

The Hamilton

Washington, D.C.

02

Fri

Aug 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

with Buddy Guy

Pepsi Ampitheater

Flagstaff, AZ

04

Sun

Aug 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza

Mammoth Lakes, CA

07

Wed

Aug 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

with Buddy Guy & Charlies Musselwhite

Hollywood Bowl

Los Angeles, CA

09

Fri

Aug 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

with Buddy Guy & Charlies Musselwhite

Avila Beach Resort

Avila Beach, CA

11

Sun

Aug 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

with Buddy Guy & Charlies Musselwhite

The Fruityard

Modesto, CA

13

Tue

Aug 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

The Blue Note

Honolulu, HI

14

Wed

Aug 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

The Blue Note

Honolulu, HI

11

Wed

Sep 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

with Eric Clapton

Chase Center

San Francisco, CA

13

Fri

Sep 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

with Eric Clapton

T-Mobile Arena

Las Vegas, NV

14

Sat

Sep 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

with Eric Clapton

Talking Stick Resort Arena

Phoenix, AZ

20

Fri

Sep 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

with Eric Clapton and friends

Crossroads Festival

Dallas, TX

21

Sat

Sep 2019

Jimmie Vaughan

with Eric Clapton and friends

Crossroads Festival

Dallas, TX