Last Music (label)
28 May 2019 (released)
14 June 2019
Jimmie Vaughan was the elder brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan and also founder of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. In his own right, he has been a solo act since the early 90’sand he has played with just about everyone that you could consider a Blues star including Clapton, the 3 Kings (Albert, Freddie & B.B.), Buddy Guy et al.
This album shows his vocal talents off pretty well, Texas Blues with honking horns and a solid beat and his guitar playing is as good as ever. But; it just feels a little safe.
He doesn’t really sound as though he is playing flat out and the material is a little one-paced. If this was my first introduction to him I would probably want to explore more widely.
That having been said, there isn’t a bad track on the album and the playing is top notch. His voice is on fine form as is his guitar picking and the musicians behind him are superb.
A few tracks such as ‘Just A Game’ really work pretty well, ‘It’s Love Baby (24 Hours a Day)’ hits a really tight groove and he does a great version of Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown’s ‘Midnight Hour’.
I came away from the album a little cold.
Not disappointed as such but it didn’t fire me up the way he has in the past.
It’s an album well worth having as an example of Jimmie Vaughan’s talents but not the best he has done.