Song:Six Strings Down
Album:The Essential Jimmie Vaughan
Guitarist Jimmie Vaughan is best known as the older brother of legendary guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. I guess Jimmie has lived in his brother's shadow. He's just not as flambouyant. He was born Mar. 20, 1951 in Dallas. He played in garage bands as a teen and moved to Austin in 1970. In 1974, Jimmie formed The Fabulous Thunderbirds with singer and harmonica player Kim Wilson. They had success especially in the 70s and they went in a more commercial direction in the 80s. Meanwhile, Stevie Ray Vaughan became very popular. Despite commercial success, Jimmie wasn't happy with The Fabulous Thunderbirds musical direction and he left in 1989. Jimmie recorded the album Family Style with Stevie Ray. I'm sure the two would have continued to work together but Stevie Ray died in a helicopter crash Aug. 1990. Family Style was released later that year. After a couple of years off, Jimmie signed with Epic Records and released the 1994 CD Strange Pleasures. Nile Rodgers produced the album and it featured a guest appearance by Dr. John. Jimmie wrote Six Strings Down with Art, Aaron and Cyril Neville as a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan. It's one of Jimmie's most popular songs when he tours. You can get it on this budget comp. Jimmie recorded three albums for Epic. His recent CDs have been released by Shout! Factory. Jimmie Vaughan is on tour and he is worth seeing if he's coming to your town. Here's Jimmie Vaughan with an all star band including BB King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Dr. John and Art Neville performing Six Strings Down on the 1996 concert A Tribute To Stevie Ray Vaughan. This is available on CD and DVD.