CD Review - Jimmie Vaughan Plays Blues, Ballads and Favourites
A Review of Jimmie Vaughan Plays Blues, Ballads and Favourites
CD Review – Jimmie Vaughan Play Blues, Ballads and Favorites
Proper Records – ISBN - 805520 030062
8 out of 10
Blues, Ballads and Favourites finds the guitarist and singer Jimmie Vaughan returning to his roots, for his first new album in nine years.
Vaughan was a well respected guitar player in the Fabulous Thunderbirds before younger brother Stevie Ray came to prominence, but the fact that the much missed guitarist held his big brother in such high esteem is a tribute to both brotherly appreciation and the intensity with which both brothers played guitar. There are no real grandstanding solos on the album, with songs kept short and to the point, although there is plenty to enjoy, with most tracks featuring strong horn parts, and tight interplay, and a live band type of feel.
‘The Pleasure’s all mine’ is a stronger opener, whilst Jimmy Reed’s ‘Come Love’ features Jimmie Vaughan on Harmonica, and a duet vocal performance by Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton, a similar treatment is given to ‘I’m Leaving it up to you’, whilst Jimmie Vaughan contributes his own instrumental, ‘Comin’ and Goin’ an upbeat guitar and brass piece.
Although there are strong elements of the blues, Country and Western songs also feature, with Charlie Rich’s ‘Lonely Weekends’ and set closer Willie Nelson’s ‘Funny How Time Slips Away’ being a strong way in which to close the album.
All in all, this is an album of good music, well played by musicians steeped in the music of American Jukeboxes, able to get some of the spirit and fun of music unto tape. You’ll wish you were there, at times.