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Album Review

Some tribute projects to earlier greats seek to modernize and update their music. This project, co-led by singer Omar Kent Dykes and guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, instead focuses on revitalizing the music of Jimmy Reed in traditional settings. While not closely copying the original recordings, these new renditions are very much "in the tradition." With his deep and low voice, Dykes does justice to the lyrics and feelings in the music; Vaughan has plenty of fine guitar solos; and the guest spots of singer Lou Ann Barton and either Kim Wilson, James Cotton, Gary Primich, or Delbert McClinton on harmonica add to both the variety and the power of the music. As with the best tribute projects, this one will send listeners back to Jimmy Reed's original records while also standing by itself as a heartfelt and relevant homage to the great bluesman.

Customer Reviews

Found my Blues

I've been a long time music listener and when the Blues Brothers movie arrived on the big screen ---- A boy from Canada said what is this sound. I loved the beat, the mood, it was something I could work late into the night and play over and over.

Then It hit me - others must be playing this and I started searching and listening from the cold empty prairie far from the land of the blues.

I've found many many styles and variations from great artists, but when I discovered Jimmie Vaughn this was what I was looking for. I can't encourage you strong enough to give his work a listen. To be overly critical, one track on this record works hard to keep up to the others only because the rest are so good.

This is my top surprise selection of the year, why hadn't I known about him earlier - well you do now…..



Born: March 20, 1951 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As a founding member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmie Vaughan was one of the leading Austin, Texas guitarists of the late '70s and '80s, responsible for opening the national market up for gritty roadhouse blues and R&B. Influenced by guitarists like Freddie King, B.B. King, and Albert King, Vaughan developed a tough, lean sound that became one of the most recognizable sounds of '70s and '80s blues and blues-rock. For most of his career, Vaughan co-led the Fabulous Thunderbirds with vocalist Kim...
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