This album is Jimmies best effort to date and probably one of the finest blues albums you could buy from the last 5 years. His understated playing is backed by some excellent, catchy and original song writing. What I love about it that makes it so different is the production. They appear to have gone back to basics with a really 'organic' feel. Whether its the earthy drum sound or Jimmies guitar you feel like you're right there in the room with them. The first three tracks are outstanding, original tunes with touches of gospel, southern soul and of course the blues. There are some beautiful harmonies there and funky beats. The rest of the album is equally good. The songs sit well together and particularly demonstrate Jimmies new found confidence with his vocals. As a guitarist he's massively understated. Jimmie can express more with one carefully hit note than a thousand poodle haired "widdlers". Highly recommended whether your a blues fan, a roots man or just love good, cool southern music. Buy it!
Having been a Stevie Ray Vaughan fan for years I was curious about Jimmie. I'd heard bits and pieces when he guests on DVD's and CD's. I bought one CD "Essential" and was so pleased that I bought another, and now Out There. For fans of blues based music and interesting guitar playing this album is fantastic. Jimmie has an individual approach to the music and a great passion. I am now a very committed fan of this music and the three albums I own play in the car and at home regularly. Excellent !
I had'nt heard of Jimmie till Joe Bonamassa played a track of his on his Planet Rock radio programme. I bought this cd thinking I'll at least like one or two - my favorites being the first two on here, but all the rest are just brilliant aswell. The other 3 reviewers say it already, this is a great album, get it if you like the blues, or even if you don't - you won't be dissapointed.
Excellent 2nd solo album from SRV's elder brother. 40 mins only but great care taken in the writing, arranging and production. Vaughan has a limited vocal range but knows how to get the best out of his voice - a little reminiscent of John Hammond and Jimmy Rogers - and his guitar playing is pure blues. Another reviewer has written that he is like Accrington Stanley compared to his brother who would be Man Utd which is just wrong, sorry but completely missed the point... I prefer Jimmie's playing to SRV's. He uses a capo quite a lot, has superb blues tone and his playing is unhurried and follows the tradition of blues masters such as Otis Rush and Buddy Guy. There is no grandstanding or posturing - this (thank God) is NOT yet another musclebound 'Texas trio' record. The band includes backing singers, organ, piano and more to give plenty of colour and shading. Very satisfying listen and recommended.
If this album had only the first track on it, it would still be worth buying. "Like a King" is a terrific opener for this album and a great show piece for Jimmy's playing. The rest of the album doesn't let him down either. I had written Jimmy Vaughan off over the last few years, this reaffirms as one of the great Texan guitar players
'..they don't make records like they used to'? Guess what - they did here. Doo-wop harmonies, big drums, early BB King guitar sound and not a single weak track to interrupt the flow. From start to finish the best blues album since Robert Cray recorded the towering 'Bad Influence'.