About Jimmie Vaughan
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.
When he was sidelined by a football injury at the age of 13, a family friend gave Vaughan a guitar to occupy him during his recuperation. From the moment Jimmie’s fingers toughed the fretboard, it was obvious that he was a natural talent. He also began tutoring his younger brother, the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan, who would cite Jimmie as his biggest inspiration throughout his own career.
Determined to create an ideal vehicle for blues music that was both modern in its impact and appeal yet true to the tradition, Jimmie Vaughan founded the Fabulous Thunderbirds with Kim Wilson in the mid 1970s. When Antone’s nightclub opened in Austin in August of 1975, the Thunderbirds became the house band, sharing the stage and jamming with such blues greats as Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Albert King and a host of others, all of whom recognized Vaughan as the man who would keep the music they developed alive for future generations.
Since releasing his first solo album in 1994, he has set the standard for quality modern roots music. Throughout his career, Vaughan has earned the esteem of his legendary guitar-playing heroes and superstar peers along with successive generations of young players.
Jimmie Vaughan’s style as a player , songwriter and bandleader can be thought of as an amalgamation of so many influences. Known for his deceptively simple yet complex attack, his clean, uncluttered style capitalizes on conveying the emotion and message within the music, he utilizes raw emotion, simplicity, and an elegance that is powerful and accessible, yet communicates exactly what he feels inside. It’s an approach that has earned him the respect of many of the greats of contemporary music, and guest appearances on such albums as B.B. King’s and Eric Clapton’s Riding With The King, Bob Dylan’s Under The Red Sky, Willie Nelson’s Milk Cow Blues, Carlos Santana’s Havana Moon, and Don Henley’s Inside Job.
Today, multiple-Grammy-winning Vaughan continues to record and tour, bringing his music to audiences worldwide. In his own words: “I’ve been playing since I was 13. I play every day. I’ve never stopped. I can’t imagine that I could exist without it.”
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“He’s unbeatable when it comes to the blues. He just plays it like it’s supposed to be played.” - Buddy Guy
“I play probably 80 percent of what I can play. Jimmie plays one percent of what he knows. He can play anything.” - Stevie Ray Vaughan