Jimmie Vaughan is far more than just one of the greatest and most respected guitarists in the world of popular music. As Guitar Player Magazine notes, “He is a virtual deity–a living legend.” After all, Vaughan provides a vital link between contemporary music and its proud heritage, as well as being a longtime avatar of retro cool.
Stevie Ray Vaughan’s older brother, Jimmi Vaughan, is the most-rewarded blues guitarist from Texas.
He drew inspiration from the blues kings themselves: Freddie King, Albert King and B.B. King. The first band, Fabulous Thunderbirds, he founded in 1974 together with Kim Wilson. He performed with his brother under the Vaughan Brothers, but unfortunately, their plans were interrupted by Stevie’s tragic death in 1990.
B.B. King in his book about playing the guitar wrote that “less is more”. Nobody is better at illustrating this maxim than with Jimmie Vaughan. He is a master of understatement. And so it was from the very beginning of his career, that is, from the time when he founded the band Fabulous Thunderbirds. The first concerts of this group took place in the famous club Antone’s, once a furniture store, on fashionable 6th Street in Austin (Texas). Fender Bassman, a capo, and Fender Stratocaster or Telecaster – usually accompanied by musical equipment and instruments – were his accompanying stage. And this has not changed for more than three decades. Besides, Vaughan does not even care about fashion and he’s still playing good old blues. He has not changed much during this time – a slim figure, a rock image that is complemented by dark glasses and 50’s style clothing.
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