Do You Get the Blues?
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Jimmie Vaughan is far more than just one of the greatest and most respected guitarists in the world of popular music. Vaughan also provides a vital link between contemporary music and its proud heritage, as well as being a long-time avatar of retro cool. He has set the standard for quality modern roots music, from his work with The Fabulous Thunderbirds and his legendary brother Stevie Ray to his own exemplary solo work.
Now, with this third solo release 'Do You Get The Blues?', Vaughan has fashioned his most compelling and appealing musical statement yet, creating a rich and variegated masterpiece of 21st Century Rhythm and Blues. From the first notes of the opening track it's clear that Vaughan has created a contemporary classic. 'Do You Get The Blues?' travels through a virtual galaxy of musical moods and modes across its 11 vibrant selections. The album also features Blues icon James Cotton, Texas singing legend Lou Ann Barton, and Stevie Ray's rhythm section, Double Trouble; Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton. 'Do You Get The Blues?' is a tour de force that draws from Jimmie Vaughan's vast reservoir of musical traditions to create a modern classic.
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On the guitar, Vaughan's timing and subtle dynamics make him one of the few artists capable of pushing the genre forward in a way that doesn't stamp all over its history. His reliance on fingers>guitar>amp as his only guitar effect set him aside from a slew of blues guitarists desperate to be his late, great brother. His vocals, which started as 'acceptable' are becoming more intimate and seasoned with each outing and the addition of Lou-Ann Barton for a few songs renews a long standing musical partnership.
As ever Bill Willis and George Rains are impeccable, Bill manages to hold down the bass/organ role in the most solid way imaginable for even the ablest of multi-tasking septuagenarians. George Rains is as loose-limbed a time keeper as Fran Christina was in the T-birds, tossing aside effortless fills that most percussionists would make a meal of over practising.
In short, buy it. This is blues at its best without resurrecting Muddy et al. I don't gush over every record this way but this really is excellent so enjoy and look out for something new from Jimmie soon, its about that time again I think,
I read an interview with Jimmie somewhere and he stated that he wanted to play songs that couples can slow dance and smooch to. Well, he's done it here. The songs are excellent, the overall mood is chilled and the texas twang is apparant through out. Jimmie's vocals are good, and are complimented wonderfully by the sexy singing of Lou Ann Barton.
And the legend continues...Jimmie's son Tyrone plays rhythm on the best song "Without You" also written by Tyrone.
If there is one minor minor flaw from my first 10 listens to the album...the songs seem all too similar in tempo. I would have loved a few more up beat songs myself. But hey...5 out of 5 for Jimmie, the blues needs it legends. And he is every bit a living legend. Style wise he is like a raw BB King, laid back, no note over kill, and his vocals suit the songs perfectly.
If you are new to Jimmie, then check out Strange Pleasure first. But once you've bought one CD, you'll want all his CDs!
A couple of days later I saw him give a sparkling performance on the BBC 2 show ‘Later with Jools Holland’ and this convinced me that I should hear some more so I bought the CD the next day and to be honest I didn’t like it at all on the first play. It seemed half arsed and directionless, a real mishmash of ideas with no cohesive whole but with each subsequent play I found something new and interesting that I could get hold of and that I suppose is the beauty of a really very good recording.
I’m not sure why it won ‘BTBA’ because it’s a mix of ‘blue groove’ type instrumentals (there are three) the best being Billy Willis’s Jimmy Smith like ‘Dirty Girl’ that opens the disc, a country tinged duet, ‘Power Of Love’, with JV’s old cohort Lou Ann Barton, straight ahead blues like the excellent ‘The Deep End’ with fine slide from Vaughan and a delicate harp underpinning from James Cotton.
So ‘Traditional’ it may not be but very enjoyable it is, Vaughan has crafted a little masterpiece here every listen has further rewards the unusual sounding vocal arrangement on ‘Out Of The Shadows’ gives the impression that Lou Ann Barton and Greg Sain are the ‘Shadows’ of Vaughan’s lead, the blue funk of Jimmie & Greg Sain’s ‘Robbin’ Me Blind’ had me humming the melody for ages.
‘In The Middle of the Night’ brings Vaughan & Lou Ann Barton together with Double Trouble for a slow burn soul inflected blues that is perhaps the stand out track.
Vaughan’s guitar playing is subtle and reserved throughout but never underplayed.
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