Jimmie Vaughan has announced the July 26 release of More Blues, Ballads and Favorites, a follow up collection to last year’s Grammy-nominated Blues, Ballads and Favorites, his first new studio album in nine years.
With 14 covers of classic tunes that are close to his heart, the album – recorded, like the previous one, in his hometown ofAustin, 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.”
While touring in support of Blues, Ballads and Favorites, Vaughan performed “Just A Little Bit” from the album on “Conan,” and also gave a surprise performance on Conan O’Brien’s Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour.
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.
On the self-produced More Blues, Ballads and Favorites, bringing it all together is exactly what Jimmie Vaughan does. From the opening track, Pierce’s “I Ain’t Never,” to the closer, “The Rains Came,” originally by the Texas Gulf Coast band Big Sambo and the House Wreckers and later reworked by the late, great Doug Sahm; Vaughan and his like-minded pals keep things rockin’ and rollin’. Other highlights include two tracks by the recently deceased Bobby Charles, “No Use Knocking” and “I Ain’t Gonna Do it No More”; two picked up from the semi-obscure New Orleans R&B singer Annie Laurie, “It’s Been a Long Time” and “I’m In the Mood For You”; and great, often lost songs originally cut by Hank Williams (“I Hang My Head and Cry”), Jimmy Liggins (“Teardrop Blues”), Jivin’ Gene (“Breaking Up Is Hard to Do”), Teddy Humphries (“What Makes You So Tough”), Ray Charles (“Greenback Dollar Bill”), Nappy Brown (“Cried Like a Baby”), Lloyd Price (“Oooh Oooh Oooh”), and Jimmy Reed (“I Want to Love You”). Learn more at .jimmievaughan.com.