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  • Audio CD (25 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Proper Records
  • ASIN: B0053GAHW2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For Jimmie Vaughan, too much of a good thing is a concept that simply doesn't exist. The legendary Texan guitar dynamo was so pleased with the response to his 2010 album Blues, Ballads and Favorites that he decided to follow it up with a brand new collection he's calling-what else?-More Blues, Ballads and Favorites! Packed with 16 covers of classic tunes that are close to his heart, the album—recorded, like the previous one, in his hometown of Austin, Texas—reunites Vaughan with the same cast of musicians that helped him out on the previous set. Also returning for round two, to assist with the vocals, is Lou Ann Barton, whose powerful pipes grace several tunes on the new release. "The first album was a success," says Vaughan, "and what happened is I never really stopped. Even after I turned the first one in I was still recording. I've decided that, as long as I feel like it, I'm going to do that from now on." Jimmie Vaughan—who first came to prominence as co-founder of the pioneering Texas blues-rock band the Fabulous Thunderbirds in the '70s— has certainly earned the right to do whatever he wants whenever he wants to do it. Since he was a kid, Vaughan has dedicated his life to mastering his axe and reminding folks what American music is all about—music, he says, that need not be categorized. "When I talk about country and blues, they're the same thing," he says. "Muddy Waters and Hank Williams, Webb Pierce and Jimmy Reed. When I was a kid I didn't understand the difference. Everybody was always asking me, 'Why do you want to play blues? Why don't you play country?' But I would listen to the country guys and they would be doing a Jimmy Reed song. They're playing the same lick. And Ray Charles, Little Milton, Guitar Junior, Lonnie Brooks, B.B. King—they all did country songs. Is Bob Wills country, blues or jazz? And the answer is, it's American music. And if you don't like it, kiss my ass! I'm tired of trying to pigeonhole everything. I want to bring it together; it comes from the same place."

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By pete clack TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
Last years 'Plays Blues, Ballads and Favourites was for me the best USA blues release of the year, an album of great songs superbly played by a cracking band and one of the best guitarists there is.We hass fifteen tracks of blues magic, one I play over and over again.Well now...what do we get but a second volume 'More' and this is just as great again chock full of great songs superbly played again by the same fabulous band as the first, sixteen tracks,including a live one this time as well.On the first album Lou Ann Barton sang on some tracks and with her wonderful and soulfull voice I'm sure we all wanted more, well she's on this one and also shares her photo on the front of the album with Jimmie Vaughan, not a yellow cover this time but pale green.This is an album of pure quality by a guitarist we have in the UK have overlooked for far too long,his touch and feel of the guitar is superb,his rhythms and punchy solos show us all what can be done with such a talent as Jimmie's.THe opening 'I Ain't Never' gets us off to a really pulsating start followed by a great little song 'No Use Knockin' which would be a great song for more bands to cover, this kicks off a CD that is an absolute pleasure throughout.Jimmie toured the UK end of last year and this release must surely add to the popularity of this truly fine artist.Trackwise some known,some not so well but no matter this is a release of the very top quality that will I'm sure be played for many years to come. Both of these albums for me are already blues classics.
Not been into Jimmie Vaughan so far then do get this release to enjoy one of blues say music's truly great exponents of the guitar, oh and he possess a very good voice as well.Another very likely blues release of the year ! Wonderful.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
This record follows up 2010's 'Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites' and features the same band and also Lou Ann Barton (on three tracks, including a live version of 'Shake a hand') who also gets her photo on the cover. In my review of that disc I complained that there was too much R&B, rock and roll, country and pop and not enough blues and Jimmie has odviously taken my advice and included more blues this time! However, despite that I'm afraid that I don't like this any more than I did 'Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites' and this time there is much less variety. Although Jimmie does produce really authentic-sounding Texas blues for me these songs are largely undistinguished and Jimmie's limited vocals couldn't keep my attention. Similarly his guitar playing goes for 50s-style authenticity rather than feeling and I'm afraid I found it all a bit dull. My favourite track is the Jimmie/Lou Ann duet on Bobby Charles' "No use knocking" but overall I'd rather Jimmie got back to the more contemporary and harder-edged sounds of his previous original records "Do you get the blues" and "Out there".
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By Anthony Whale on 23 Nov. 2014
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Jimmie Vaughan Brilliant!!!
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
"More Blues, Ballads" is more better!!!!! 30 July 2011
By Standard Poodle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First, there are scores of folks who dislike Jimmie. I can't fathom it, but I also can't change your mind. This includes the "he was only good in the T-Birds" crowd. Hey, it has been two decades and if you haven't liked his career since, then skip this review.

What you have is, in my opinion, a vast improvement on the first volume, which was not bad but had a more "common" song selection. The song selections are better and the performances are slinky and greasy. Jimmie's guitar continues to be a deadly weapon and it is amazing how he plays with a surgeon's skill and yet remains totally greasy. The solos and fills sound totally spontaneous AND worked out in advanced at the same time. An oxymoron perhaps, but isn't that the trademark of Freddie King's greatest King/Federal sides? I love it.

Jimmie's voice sounds great as well. He sings in a very natural and heartfelt way, and he just keeps sounding better.

The band is everything you would expect, including that other blues/r&b oxymoron "loose but tight". The band always provides the best possible groove, whether Jimmie plays rhythm or not.

Overall, great fun to listen to - sounds like a party where everyone had fun. If you have enjoyed Jimmie's post -
T-birds career, buy without worries. Everything you love is in place here. Now, where's volume three?
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Soulful R & B 7 Aug. 2011
By Mark B. Rohrer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful collection of soulful blues, ballads, and older-style R & B. Jimmie as always plays oh so tastefully in an older-school style and sings with that distinctive heartful voice which meshed so well with his late Brother on Family Style. Lou Ann Barton has a wonderful voice for old-style R & B. She simply has the amazingly soulful ability to sing just a bit behind the beat and to perfectly place her vocals into the song, whether singing lead or back-up.

This is a wonderful CD and hopefully will lead to a greater appreciation of both of these artists' talents who fully "paid their dues" so long ago!

The backing musicians are also masters at work!

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
If you dont like Jimmie Vaughan, you dont like the Blues!!! 8 Aug. 2011
By Nacho' Burro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Poolballs clacking from the background of some dark little pool-hall, a nice frosty brew sitting on the bar in front of ya, and Jimmie Vaughan on some old, lit-up, nicotine stained jukebox in the corner. What's better than that? On par with 2010's "Plays Blues Ballads and Favorites" cut in the same studio, with the same greazy vibe and feel, but the sound on this one is a lot better to my ears, with Jimmies guitar being much brighter and more prominent in the mix. It cuts thru the rest of the band, just enough, without overpowering the other instruments. This set is a little more late night, after hours, last call feeling. Songs like "Teardrop Blues" and "Cried Like a Baby" sound as hard-worn, heartfelt and blue collar as anything Jimmies done. LouAnn Barton is back on this album too, and as always, adds a great sexy counterpoint to JV's smooth, silver-tongue-devil class.
"Greenbacks" is a great original instrumental; nice haunted plate-echo and reverb just like on the old 50s & 60s blues/R&B Stax type stuff. "I'm A Love You" calls Jimmy Reeds ghost to float back up from the past, for a nice finger-snapping two minute and forty nine second jam. Jimmie makes you feel the ache on "Hang My Head and Cry", and the horn section gets tuff on "What Makes You So Tough". The whole album is a pompadoured classic, and if you liked the last one, then this one will really do it for ya!
So, grab your JV Sig Strat, crack a cold one, slick your hair back, and play along jack! That's what I'm doin' anyway! Gotta love it!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Jimmie Vaghann's new CD 21 Aug. 2011
By Conrad Pussman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is my first review... I thought it was important to share my thoughts on Jimmie's new CD. I believe that this band is the best band Jimmie's ever had. The addition of Doug James on Baritone Sax,( award winning "Blow Mr. Low" CD.) Greg Piccolo on Tenor sax, true artist in his own right ( original members of Duke Robillards "Roomful of Blues" band ). What an insight Jimmie had when he added this horn section...Lou ann Barton,"queen of Texas blues" is really shinning on this one. I had the chance of catching them live 8/16/11 in Alburqueque,NM. That had to be one of the best live performances I've ever attended.They had everybody moovin'& groovin', so if you have a chance to see them don't hesitate, they tore it up !!! I was a fan of the fabulous T-birds,and been listening to them, since the 70's, and have always appreciated Jimmie's guitar work.
Jimmie is one of Eric Clapton's favorite guitar players. lets not forget who Stevie Ray's first guitar influence was. Jimmie's new band is the "Nuts". If you like that R&B sound of the 50's with that solid groovin', ballsy horn sections this CD is a must. My sincere compliments to his new band. What a fantastik group of seasoned,creative,and talented musicians...
Conrad
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
JLV Does It Again! 24 Aug. 2011
By Mike Matheson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Chalk up another one for Jimmie Vaughan. His name might not be as familiar to the general public as his late brother Stevie Ray Vaughan, but to blues afficionados everywhere, Jimmie is held in the same regard. This album is not only great listening, it is a great lesson for budding guitar heroes that what you DON'T play is just as important as what you do play.

Backed by a group of top-notch musicians such as Billy Pitman on guitar, Ronnie James on bass, Drummer George Raines, Saxaphonists Greg Piccolo and Doug James, and featuring the authentic Texas blues vocals of Lou Ann Barton, Vaughan creates a juke box sound that seems simple and uncomplicated (until you try to imitate his guitar licks!)

Any artist can record an album full of songs, but Jimmie Vaughan seems to the only one I can think of that can create a "feel" to his music -- one that places you in a barbecue joint in the south with a pocketful of nickels for the Seeburg. My only complaint, and it's one of the good kind, is that this is STILL not enough. I'm waiting impatiently for "Plays EVEN MORE Blues, Ballads & Favorites."
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